Friday, May 21, 2010

Aerification and Green Speed Alert.

Aerification went extremely well this spring. We started the process on Friday May 14th and completed Bull’s Eyes fairways on Tuesday May 18th. Three days to aerify and clean up 30 acres of fairway turf. We couldn’t have done it without the cooperation between us and Eric Jason and Pat Wollner Golf Course Superintendents of Lake Arrowhead Golf Course for loaning us their large fairway aerifier. Much appreciated as our fairway unit broke down with two fairways to go. The weather was perfect with sunny days and light winds made our clean up the best I can remember.

The greens were fertilized on the 12th of May. This boost in energy will cause a spike in growth over the short term. Anticipate slower putting green speeds until the surge in growth is past. Also, the annual bluegrass component of the putting surface is now in full flower. Not only is the heavy seeding unsightly, the plant will create a bumpier than normal putting surface that will reduce green our speeds further. My advice, use a heavier putter and gun it straight at the hole.

Good luck and enjoy the warm weekend temperatures.