The excessive amount of rain we have received has lead to less than favorable ground conditions. We have several greens with signs of stress due to saturated soil conditions, extreme heat and humidity. Below is a picture of the 6th green taken earlier today. We have done everything in our arsenal to combat the environmental stress. We will see recovery in the next few weeks as the days begin to get shorter and hopefully the nasty weather is behind us.
As we approach the end of July, we have tallied 15 days that reached 90 degrees or more, while night time temperatures remained in the 70s – a tell tale sign of significant humid conditions.
Today and over the next week, we are utilizing newer aerification technology for oxygen exchange to benefit the roots. The machine above is call the Air2G2. More information on the machine is available at http://www.air2g2.com/. Pictured on the left is Second Assistant,Charlie Lonergan and Equipment Manager, John Lermond.
This machine will poke holes every few feet and deliver two blasts of air into the sub-surface at varying depths. For the greens process, we are injecting air at 4″ and again at 12″ deep. Below is a video of the injection process. In the video below, you can see the three valve rods injecting into the green surface. If you closely at the round, black turf hold-downs, you will notice the surface of the green lifting as the air is injected and subsequently fracturing the soil, allowing cavities for the roots to grow and breathe. The operator of the Air2G2 is our Intern, Joe Roth.
If you could not see the turf move in the video above, below is a close-up view of the process.