Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Solid Tine Putting Surfaces

We have started implementing our cultural practices. We have solid tined all the putting surfaces. This is sometimes confused with aerification (pulling cores). Solid tining doesn't remove any material from the greens. We are basically poking many holes to allow oxygen into the root zone. This will aid in infiltrating precipitation or irrigation further into the root system. The greens have been sealed all winter long. This cultural practice will enable water to reach further to the root system, aid in releasing any gases trapped in the soil and as the weather is warming up this will also allow the soil temperatures to rise. The higher the soil temperature the faster the grass can begin to start growing. After one of the toughest winters we have experienced in years, this is an important cultural practice to begin the season. We poke holes (solid tine)every 2.5" and roll the greens 2-3 times to make sure the surface is smooth.