Over the last week the golf course operations staff was extremely busy performing the beneficial cultural practice, aerification. Aerification is the mechanical process of creating air space in the soil, which promotes a healthy rooting system.
Turfgrass on a golf course endures significant stress and compaction from golf play and equipment traffic. Through aerification, an infusion of air, water and nutrients brings a resurgence of growth, keeping turf durable during stressful conditions.
While somewhat disruptive to golfers, aerification is absolutely necessary to maintaining a healthy stand of turfgrass. Failure to perform sufficient aerification often results in poorly drained soil, thin turfgrass stands, and problems with disease and insects.