|Claudio is adding some wetting agent with a hose-end applicator to the bunker slopes.|
This will help aid in firmer playing conditions
|Another angle of the applications being applied. This will last for a few weeks. During the summer the humidity|
does a pretty good job of holding some moisture for good playing conditions. Most of the fluffy lies occur when the humidity drops below 50 percent.
|Aerating roughs and fairways. These are not the latest and greatest aerators but they do a pretty decent job. I would like to see more holes. These hole are about 6-8 inches apart|
|Plugs from aerator|
|We use the greens aerators for the approaches and collars at the greens. This allows us to remove more plugs and create a better growing environment for the Bermuda. This also helps control the compaction in these areas.|
|Number 8 tee after it was aerated|
|Our Mechanic Dale changing out some of the broken tines|
|This machine sweeps up the plugs. It has a hydraulic lift to dump them out when the Hopper gets full|
|blowing the plugs off the fairways. The next step will be to mow them. |
After we mowed the fairways we added 100lbs of ammonium sulfate per acre or roughly .5lb of nitrogen per 1000 square feet . This will help the Bermuda grass finish off the transition from rye grass to a full Bermuda grass playing surface.
We are all glad that this week is over, it was a lot of hard work by the turf care staff. Thanks to my guys for all the hard work this week!
|Aerating greens surface|
|1/2 inch holes on 3 inch centers|
|Crew cleaning plugs off of greens|
|More cleaning off plugs|
|Removing plugs from greens|
|Rolling greens before topdressing. We decided to roll first since the surface was soft. This helped to prevent tire indentations from the topdressing machine|
|Adding sand to the greens so the aeration holes can be filled in. The aeration holes filled with sand allow for a great environment for new root growth and a healthy environment for the existing roots.|
|This is a picture of the thickness of the sand layer we have applied to the greens for fill the holes. The entire green will be covered with sand We used about 55 tons of sand for this topdressing|