Aerification is different for both sides of the golfing experience.
For superintendents, it can be a feeling similar to that of Christmas morning. Some courses may get to close their doors for a short period of time. Others may have to expedite their maintenance to minimize loss of play. Regardless, superintendents know this to be an endeavor worth the hassle from golfers and club staff alike.
For golfers, it seems like aerification always comes just when the course is playing to their every expectation. “Why?” they ask. “Why do you have to go and punch holes in the greens when they’re playing perfectly?” While each superintendent has their method for addressing members and customers, it often boils down to an explanation along the lines of a short-term inconvenience for a long-term benefit.
Put simply, aerification is a process by which 1/2″ or larger cores are removed from a turf’s surface. This allows compacted soils to breathe and roots to grow deep. Without completing this necessary process, the conditions a golfer enjoys now would deteriorate. Soils severely compacted would lose their ability to move oxygen, resulting in a rapid decline of turf quality. Roots may die back, increasing stress to the turf with summer heat and other weather extremes. This maintenance procedure is so important that it’s often done twice a year (or more) at golf courses throughout the United States. The benefits of aerifying a turf’s surface are many, however three that stand out in particular are providing a channel for oxygen, water and essential nutrients to reach the grass’ roots, relieving soil compaction from wear, traffic and maintenance, and reducing thatch that has accumulated
Holes left from aerification fill with a sand topdressing to continue allowing oxygen and root movement. The healing process can take anywhere from 7 – 14 days depending on a number of factors. These factors include (but are not limited to) correct timing, weather conditions, and the products selected to be applied before, during, and after the aerification process. In speaking with hundreds of superintendents, sales reps, and other turfgrass professionals, it seems one of the most common themes as it relates to aerification is:
Superintendents are constantly searching for products that shorten the time needed for recovery.
We get it. General managers are pushing superintendents to hold out on (or even skip) aerifying the greens for the sake of not losing revenues. The superintendent knows, despite this very real concern, that aerification is necessary.
GenNext products enhance the aerification process by providing high-quality, consistent, and fast results. Featuring M3D Technology, GenNext formulations like GenNext A&B and Accelerate AM minimize the time between a turf’s disruption and healing by delivering specialized organic compounds, M3D Exoenzymes, in a highly soluble blend of humic and fulvic acids.
M3D Exoenzymes are compost-derived hormones, proteins and enzymes. These composts come from various regions growing natural prairie grasses, corn and turfgrass. Byproducts of various microorganisms, these exudates combine with high-carbon sources to drastically improve your soil’s existing microbiology, improving nutrient uptake and rootzone development. Attaching to minerals (e.g. Iron and Zinc) to form stable complexes, these complexes become tools that a microbial environment utilizes to maximize the performance of its central roles, such as nutrient digestion and metabolism.
Foundation granulars, available in an organic 4-4-4 and synthetic-enhanced 6-2-4 blend, add beneficial bacteria and fungi populations (e.g. Mycorrhizae, Bacillus, and Trichoderma) to further enhance turf recovery and performance. Introducing these species helps create healthy, biologically competitive soils by improving natural disease resistance, water retention, and soil mineralization.
Pictured here are the results Andrew Dalton in Metamora, MI experienced with just SIX DAYS between!
Using GenNext A&B with his current protocols for aerification, Andrew was able to drastically reduce the time needed to heal his recently-punched greens. This was in part due to increased lateral growth aided by GenNext M3D Technology.