We removed roughly 6% of the surface area by using 5/8" tines on 2.25" x 2.25" spacing. Ideally we would get at least 15% of the surface area each year in order to keep greens healthy and functioning properly. In other words we need to do better as our two aerations affect only 12% of the surface area. Tighter hole spacing would allow us to avoid adding another unwanted aeration to the calendar. Unfortunately our current machine, a 1996 tractor mounted unit, is limited in its set up. I'm pushing for a new walking aerator for Christmas. The new machines have much greater versatility with depth and spacing and make a cleaner hole to boot. This will not only improve the greens, but should also help with the recovery time following aeration.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
It has been almost two weeks since we aerated greens and the recovery is on a very good pace. Great weather before, during, and after the process has been the biggest reason for this. We also made the decision to create a "gap" on the tee sheet for the Wednesday and Thursday following aeration. This gap of 90 minutes from 10:30-12:00 allowed us to do more brushing of sand, rolling, etc...which we can't do at daybreak because the greens are wet with dew. I anticipate green speed to pick up a little each day and hope to be back to 10.5' on the stimp meter by the middle of this week.