Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Putting Greens Love Air
If you've been a member here for a while then you might have noticed that recently there has been a dramatic increase in frequency of aeration to the putting greens. Specifically there is more and more times that you may see the little holes in the greens. Our regular core aeration followed by the heavy sanding is still just twice a year. The process which creates the little holes we like to call "venting", and yes we are doing this almost monthly year around which has not been the norm for the last several years. So why are we "venting" so frequently? It's not because of some recent realization that aerification is good for putting greens. We have always known that poking holes is good for turf. We have also always known that golfers hate it, and for good reason, putting quality suffers after aeration. This is simply not true anymore. The "venting" process with our new equipment is literally non disruptive. I would even argue that putting quality increases after we vent the greens. Although you can see the small holes after we "vent", the process of "venting" lifts up the soil and creates pore spaces. Rolling the green after punching the small holes then pushes everything back together resulting in a truer surface. This is the best of both worlds, now we can "vent" the greens, give them a breath of fresh air, and still not interfere with putting quality. So now are we "venting" more often to true the putting surface, not really, we are "venting" more often simply because we can. We recently purchased a second machine like the one you see Doug operating below.