Hyde Park Est. 1909, A Donald Ross Design

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Greens Aerification Approaching

In order to continue to improve the playability and the health of the putting greens at Hyde Park a series of practices are implemented each season during the spring and fall. Core cultivation or aerification is a mechanical process that creates more air space in the soil and promotes deeper rooting, modifying soils and removing thatch thus helping the grass plants stay healthy and creating a firm surface to putt on. The soil based greens at Hyde Park, in some cases are over 85 years old and drain poorly. Based upon soil physical properties testing we strive to modify/remove approximately 25-30% of the surface area of the putting surfaces. Attached below, are photos of a few of the processes that are employed  in our cultivation practices.  In the upcoming weeks a schedule will be posted on the blog and twitter to update the membership when the practices are occurring.

Deep tine aeration (fall)

Lineal cultivation with sand injection (spring and/or fall)

Dry Ject sand injection (fall)

Core cultivation (spring and fall)

Pat O'Brien
Grounds Superintendent

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