Fine Turgrass Management

Fine Turgrass Management

Steve Cook, CGCS, MG - Director of Agronomy

Monday, April 18, 2011

Evidence of Aerification Benefits

You've heard it all before: aerification helps soil air exchange, improves water infiltration and percolation, reduces thatch, amends the soil, relieves compaction and stress, helps summer stress and on and on.

But it's nice to actually see the results in person. Something you can document and visualize. Well here it is. This photo of winter damage on #14 green South is the proof we need to verify that indeed, yes, core aerification is necessary for healthy turf. The green "spots" are actually old aerification holes. The only turf to survive in this small area was recently aerified.

Whether the turf had more air or had an easier place for the melting ice to escape or was just simply healthier, the aerifier holes survived and the surrounding turf did not.

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