Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fairway aeration

Every summer the fairways at Glen Echo are aerified. We use a Toro fairway aerifier which pulls a core approximately 4" in depth, 3" apart with 36 tines. It takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete the process per fairway. The aeration takes about 1 hour depending upon the size of the fairway. We use drag mats to break up the cores. We then use a fairway unit to mow the remaining cores and turf that has been stood up from the drag. We then finish off the process and blow some of the extra dirt and dust into the rough.

Our aeration was going well on Monday, July 20th when we had a mechanical problem and our machine was down for the week. We only were able to aerify holes 1, 2, and 13. We will begin to aerify fairways again on Monday, July 27th. We might have one or two more to complete on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Below is aeration process which I made a video to show how the unit works. I only have video for the aeration part of the work. I will make an additional post next week showing you the rest of the story.(Please excuse the narration at the beginning. I think I was a little tired from the week before. Thought I was listening to Foster Brooks for a moment for all you Dean Martin fans.)

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