As you have probably noticed it’s been extremely wet over the past 2 weeks, to be exact 79.3 mm according to the on site weather station. The average for September is 69 mm. This has had the effect of the greens holding water within the rootzone profile.
So to alleviate this problem we aerated the greens using a 16inc tine, which has punched through the layering, releasing trapped water deeper into the soil profile. We aim to have a soil moisture of 15% to 20% which is ideal for fine grasses such as fescue.
Unfortunately this work created some disturbance to the surface. To correct this the team has topdressed to aid the surface recovery and we should see the surfaces returning to normal over the next few days.
Sample core showing topdressing build up on top of old material creating layering within the soil profile.