After a rough start to the aeration process dealing with multiple equipment issues, and the heat and punishment the greens had to endure during the greens aerification portion(temps in the low to mid 90's) we were able to complete aerification thanks to the GMS crew who put in some long days with some quality work to finish strong and keep us on track . So kudos to my crew and a special shout out to Bill Nauroth for taking time out of his busy schedule and helping out during greens aerification.....we all appreciate you turning the typical 12 hour aerification day into a 15 hour day! hehehe:)
We began with the fairways and approaches with 1"(D) x 10" (L) solid tine, at a depth of 4.5" - 5.5"(depending on fairway). We actually aerated some of our typical "hot spot" fairway areas two directions to give even more relief to these hard compacted areas. We blew off any debris and "dry" mowed completed fairways in the afternoon. The tees were done at the same time but we pulled cores using 5/8" (D) x 7"(L) hollow tines at a depth of 4". We also verticut the approaches and tees two directions to remove some thatch and improve the overall turf quality in those areas. We aerified greens with a 5/8" (D) x 7"(L) hollow tine at a depth of 3 1/2"
Bill Nauroth aka "el gran jefe " and our mechanic Phily working on the Toro Sweeper
Super Dave and his Toro Pro-core aerifying tees using 5/8" (D) x 7"(L) hollow tines at a depth of 4"
Wiedenmann Terra Spike starting fairways with 1"(D) x 10" (L) solid tines, at a depth of 4.5-5.5"
Aerifying #15 fairway
Tony giving the tees a much needed verticut
#10 tee after aerifying, verticutting and a blow....
Dave punching greens using 5/8" (D) x 7"(L) hollow tine at a depth of 3 1/2"
Frankie learning some operational skills from "el gran jefe " on the Toro Sweeper
"el gran jefe " now brushing the 85 tons of USGA sand we put out on greens
greens after a brush and roll
brush and roll for the first 4-5 days..........
First mow @ .120 #1 green...... 7 days post aerification
First mow @ .120" #12 green......7 days post aerification
#12 green........10 days post aerification
#2 green........ 10 days post aerification
A light "dusting" of the greens and a quick brush..... 15 days post aerification
Mow at .110 and Roll #17 green........ 18 days post aerification
First mow @ .100....... one month post aerification
LDS( Localized Dry Spot) is a condition that occurs when isolated pockets of soil become water repellant. With our varied soils here at PDS(From heavy clay to sand), patches of wilting turf from as small as a dinner plate to much larger dimensions will be located immediately next to healthy turf. After probing the soil in these areas, the soil in the wilted area will be powder dry and the soil supporting the healthy turf will be at normal moisture levels. These LDS areas are very difficult to re-wet even with repeated over-head watering or hand-watering. A few of the ways we try and combat LDS areas:
1) Make sure irrigation system is working properly(i.e. sprinkler functions correctly/times are correct in program)
2) Open these areas up with the Wiedenmann Terra spike( helps to facilitate water penetration and relieve compaction)
3)Spray wetting agents(Wetting agents have proved to be an effective means of reducing the severity of localized dry spots)
when isolated pockets of soil e. sprinkler functions
We aerified LDS areas on tees using 8"(L) x 1"(W) solid tines at a depth of 5". We seeded with bentgrass seed, topdressed and fertilized. We followed up the next day spraying a wetting agent and with some timely rainfall a day later.....
Wiedenmann Terra Spike #3 Tee.........BEFORE
#3 Tee 10 days later.......AFTER
Wiedenmann Terra Spike #11 Tee.......BEFORE
#11 Tee 13 days later..........AFTER
We also have begun hitting our numerous LDS areas in fairways. We are using the Wiedenmann Terra Spike with solid 8" x 1" tines at a depth of 4-6". The bad areas were we have lost turf are being done two directions and seeded, sanded and fertilized.
Once again the staff of GMS @ Pueblo del Sol were extremely happy to host the 34th annual Sierra Vista Open Golf Tournament. We would like to thank the Huachucans for another successful running of the SV Open and applaud their dedication to raising money for youth organizations around Cochise County for the last 30+ years. Special thanks to Jeff Sims and his team at the clubhouse for all their help and continued unwavering support. To our hardworking GMS crew: thanks for the quality of work on a daily basis and another awesome job at getting the course in shape for the Open. And finally, CONGRATS to the Back 2 Back winner in the Championship Flight, Duce Briggs....Bear Down !!!