This week we begin the process of aerating greens, tees and fairways. Greens will be aerated today with 1/2" solid tines followed by a roll to firm the greens before the topdressing of sand is applied. The sand is then hand brushed into the greens by about 10-12 guys on our staff. Finally greens will be fertilized with an organic granular fertilizer at .5#N/M. During the same time we will be solid tine aerating approaches with 5/8" tines and will follow the same process for greens. If time allows today we will begin solid tine aerating tees as well as topdressing and hand brushing.
Tuesday we will begin topdressing fairways. We have contracted with Sports Turf Specialties, Inc. from Farmington, Minnesota to make the application of sand. Our goal is to apply 20 tons of sand per acre. Following the topdressing we will begin the aerating process on fairways using 5/8" solid tines and then drag the sand into the profile.
We have a busy week ahead of us and we hope the weather cooperates so we can get it all accomplished in a reasonable manner.