Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Venting, Needle tine Greens

Our last aeration was at the end of March so its time again to get some oxygen into our greens.  We use our Verti-drain 7316 with an 8 mm solid pencil tine to do this work. We are venting greens more than aeration. There is a small hole but within a couple of days you barely know anything happened but the greens, they are so appreciated of this work.

Its one of the least disruptive processes we do to our greens but very beneficial for the following reasons:

  • It allows oxygen into the rooting area and carbon dioxide which can build up in the green out.
  • The holes are small but can allow excess moisture which has built up over the month of May to evaporate. The opposite takes place in areas that dry quicker. Water can penetrate these areas and become more available for roots.
  • A small channel is created below the surface which can allow roots to become healthier and fill these small areas.
  • This improved environment helps all the good microbes in the green profile that are so important in providing nutrients for the rootsand help to fight off bad microbes such as fungus and other not so great organisms.
  • Along with the needle tine, we top dressed the greens with sand which helps to smooth the surfaces and protects the crowns of the plants which is where new leaves start as well as roots. 
I'm completing this blog in the middle of a breakdown so hopefully we will be back up and running soon. All greens completed except 9-10, 13-14, 16.


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