About 5 weeks from now, April 20 & 21 to be exact, the Green Dept will be conducting the standard procedure of green aeration. For our new members this process is completed twice a year, April and August with the only difference being the diameter of the holes. In the spring we use 1/2″ tines and 5/8″ ones are used in August. The smaller hole in the spring leads to a quicker healing time. This can be especially beneficial with the normally cooler soil temperatures. The normal recovery time is 10-14 days this time of year. You make want to look into other courses to play if these conditions are unacceptable to you.
If you have questions on green aeration or just want to learn about the process and its benefits
( this applies to home lawns too) please use this link to connect you to a great USGA article on green aeration.
My next blog will discuss the benefits of “deep tine green aeration”.