Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Greens Aerification--Bear Trace

What a wonderful couple of days for greens aerification.  The weather was perfect, highs of 91 on Monday and 90 on Tuesday with no rain, low humidity and a slight gentle breeze all day long.  The golf course maintenance staff performed their duties flawlessly and the equipment ran great.  I don't think I could have ask for more.

Our first step in aerification is to circle verticut the greens at a depth of 1/16" below 0.000". 

The greens are then topdressed using our Dakota 410 Turf Tender spin dresser applying 0.5 cubic yards of topdressing sand per 1000 sq. ft.

Greens are aerified using our Toro ProCore 648 aerifier equipped with mini tine heads and using a full 60  0.300 Toro Titan Max side eject coring tines.  The depth of the aerification is set at 3"  with 3" forward spacing used.  This set up will allow us to punch over 100 holes per square foot and affect close to 5% of the greens surface which will by the end of the year put us in the suggested 15-20 percent of greens surface area the USGA suggests to affect per year. 

The cores are allowed to dry for several hours during which time we apply Verde-Cal 0-0-19 at 5# of product per 1000 sq ft.  Once the cores are dry the greens are drug using a Greens Groomer  brush drag.

The topdressing sand and the sand from the cores are drug back into the green and the leaf tissue from the green is blown off with blowers.

The greens are then rolled, cups changed, fertilized with Harrell's Tru-Prill 19-0-17 granular fertilizer at a rate of 0.25# Nitrogen per 1000 sq. ft. and watered in.

As George Peppard said when he played Col. John "Hannibal" Smith on "The A-Team" ---    
"I love it when a plan comes together"

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