If it’s September, it’s aerification time! Yes, time to punch those dreaded little holes that mess up your perfect putt. Please believe me when I say this task is as painful for us as it is for your putter!
Aerification is necessary to amend the soil, reduce compaction and reduce thatch. PGC’s problem greens are #2, because the soil is similar to concrete and #7 because it has original native soil. Without aerification, we would probably loose parts or all of these greens due to compaction. In the spring we used a hollow tine, which means we removed all of the soil in each hole and filled it with topdressing sand. This time we are going to use a solid tine, which just puts a hole in the green. The up side of solid tines is faster recovery time for you and less labor for us. Good management practices recommend hollow tines should be used on golf greens once a year.