Saturday, August 30, 2014

Aerification Schedule

September is the perfect time of year for aerification.  Aeration is critical to grow healthy grass and provide superior playing conditions during the stressful months of July and August.  In September the day lengths are shorter and nighttime temperatures are cool (50’s).  This environment allows a quick recovery (about 10 days) since the grass is still actively growing. 

Below is the schedule for our greens, tees, and fairways:

September 3rd- Holes 13-18 (Tees/Fairways)
September 9th- Holes 4-9 (Tees/Fairways)
September 11th- Holes 1-3, 10-12 (Tees/Fairways)
October 27th- Greens (1-18)

Why do we aerify?

Aerification provides the following primary benefits:

-Thatch reduction
-Air/water movement
-Compaction reduction

We will try to complete this work as quickly as possible.  If everything goes well, we may be able to complete the entire tee/fairway aeration in 2 days. 

Below is a link to a video that the USGA prepared on greens aeration and its benefits: