Why Aerate?. This year we chose to use a 1/2" side eject coring tine set on a 1/5" x 1.5" spacing. Using this spacing we affected 10.91% of the green and removed close to 30 cubic feet of material from the green per 1000 sq ft.
Greens Update. Two things to take from this picture 1) We have reduced the impact of the nematodes and the damage they caused, and have grown some very nice roots. 2) We have a considerable amount of organic matter (roots, thatch, live tissue) in the top 1.5" of the greens surface. Ideally we should be closer to 3/4" of this organic layer. This layer is a haven for disease, nematodes, and holds excessive moisture making the greens soft and slower. Removing this material will only make the greens perform and play better.
TGA Match Play Championships last week to come right behind that with aerification was a lot to ask. They performed flawlessly and had a great attitude the entire week doing all the hard work in the baking sun to make your golf course better. If you see the agronomy staff out on the course let them know how much their commitment to the conditioning of the course means to you. They deserve the recognition for all their efforts.