Our process included the following:
- Mowed the Greens.
- Covered the greens with sand.
- Used our Verti-Drain Aerator with solid tines going about 8" deep.
- Applied a soil amendment product to the greens.
- Blew the sand into the holes using back pack blowers and our pull behind type blower.
- Brushed the green and rolled with our rollers.
A number of benefits occur from this operation:
- Heavy topdressing of sand smooths out the surfaces.
- The filled sand channels provide a oxygen filled area for roots to grow.
- The channels assist with wetting of drier areas and allow wet areas to dry out quicker.
- As mentioned above oxygen enters the green subgrade and assists in removing built up carbon dioxide.
- The sand also assists to dilute thatch which forms in the top 1" of the green.
Below is a bit more detail regarding the operation.
We mow the greens to remove growth.
The greens are covered in sand so we do not track across the aerated green with a heavy load of sand.
Aerator then starts its working placing solid tines into the green at a spacing of about 3" and to a depth of 8". Below is a video of this work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ0xEew0b9I
We blow the sand into the holes to reduce tracking of our drag brush. We have a pretty simple drag which cannot move large amounts of sand into the holes.
Brushing greens after blowing in sand.