The Vistas recently underwent our annual Aeration/Aerification process and both courses are now open to play. The Vistas Course will close early Saturday-Monday to help with the healing of the greens. The Lakes Course will close for Aerifcation Monday, July 13th - Friday, July 17th.
Golf Green Aeriation (Aerification) is a much needed preventive maintenance procedure that we typically conduct annually. Aerification helps to loosen the soil that has been compacted by golfers and machinery rolling over it. When we pull the cores from the green it gives the roots room to grow and increases oxygen to the roots. We will often do a smaller process where we use needle tines that put small holes in the green throughout the year, but our major greens aerification uses 5/8” hollow tines to pull cores of earth out of the greens which will open the ground and help the roots get air, water and nutrients.
We utilize an eight step process during our greens aerification process.
- Step 1 - Pull Cores
- Step 2 – Break Up Cores
- Step 3 – Blow Greens of Debris
- Step 4 – Water Greens to Help Soil Settle
- Step 5 – Fertilize
- Step 6 – Top Dress with Sand to Smooth
- Step 7 – Drag Sand to fill holes
- Step 8 – Water Greens
These eight steps help keep our greens healthy throughout the season.
David Escobedo, GCS