If you have played golf in the past two weeks, then you may have noticed the tiny holes in the greens. These holes are caused by small tines on our aerator (referred to as needle tines or venting tines). This type of aeration provides oxygen and nutrients to the root zone during the season with minimal disruption. This process also allows for some compaction relief and helps the breakdown of unwanted organic matter. In conjunction with our topdressing program, I would like to perform this activity every month; rest assured: it does not disrupt play in anyway, and, once the green is mowed or rolled, you can't even tell we did anything.
Below are some pictures to help explain what we are doing.
|Teeing surface being leveled|
|Needle tines on greens|
|Putting surface after we roll|