Allister MacKenzie

“A golf course should be made interesting and a good test of golf by the tilt of the greens and the character of the undulations.”

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fall Aeration and Seeding

Fall aeration is scheduled for October 13th-16th.  We will aerate the greens, tees and approaches during our scheduled aeration dates.  We are planning for two scenarios on the fairways and roughs.  One, we receive enough rainfall in October to saturate the soil and immediately begin aerating and seeding the roughs and fairways.  The window of opportunity will most likely not be within the scheduled aeration dates.  Two, we do not receive enough early rainfall and are forced to wait until next Spring.  The cooler temperatures, short days and low sunlight throughout the golf course will limit the amount of Ryegrass we can germinate after the first week of November.  This does not mean the course will  remain in its current state throughout the winter.  The enormous bank of Poa seed in the soil will start to germinate once the rains begin and will fill in many areas throughout the winter.  Poa seed thrives in cool wet environments which is one reason it dominates golf courses along the California coast.  Many factors will dictate what we ultimately do and most of them we have no control over.  If the opportunity presents itself we have the equipment and materials ready to aerate and seed the entire golf course.

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