In executing the Golf Course Master Plan work last summer and fall, sod was the logical choice in all areas. Of course, with sod, we're growing it in a different location from where it started--think skin graft on a person. In a golf course situation, the turf must be able to withstand quite a bit more extreme conditions than a typical backyard which has limited traffic. Additionally, in the case of Bentgrass sod, it will have to endure a very low height of cut.
One of the best things we can do to help this sod acclimate to its new life on the golf course is to aerify it. This reduces the thatch level, and increases pore space, giving the roots someplace to easily move into. Aerification will also help to alleviate layering which may exist between the original soil, and the new soil. For the lower cut Bentgrass green surrounds, aerifying, topdressing and smoothing with a mat gives us an opportunity to remove any tiny lumps and bumps, thus preventing scalping.
We currently see a window of opportunity to aerify with good results. The turf is actively growing, and we're not yet facing the heat of the summer. It is time to make some holes!
|Bentgrass green surrounds on #16.|