|1st green w/ cores|
|close up of cores and holes|
The main reason to use hollow tines and pull out cores is to remove unwanted material. Whether it is thatch, organic mat, heavy soil etc. you are trying to remove it to improve the soil and thereby turf. Some believe hollow tines by their nature may alleviate compaction better since you have created a void. The detriment of hollow cores is the added effort to clean them up. For this reason we have not pulled cores on greens in two seasons. So we bit the bullet and pulled them this time. It took us all day to clean them up, in fact, we left the last two for the next day. It is very labor intensive and although they have made all kinds of different tools to help reduce the hand labor we unfortunately do not possess any of them and were left to pushing them into rows and picking them up by hand. Will top dressed six greens on day one and I brushed them in but the holes were no where near filled so we had to add more sand Wednesday when we did the rest. Perfect timing for a weather event Wed. evening and all day Thursday. We received 1.2" of rain and this helped wash the sand into the turf canopy (and help to alleviate the drought we are still in). Unfortunately the wind and rain brought down a ton of leaves so it took all 4 of us the entire day to clean the place up for the weekend. I had hopes of cup changing, greens rolling, bunker raking, possibly brushing greens again. Damn Trees. With winds in the 20's and 30's last night I was not optimistic about my chances to get all that done as a solo worker this weekend. I spent the first few hours chasing leaves switching between the mower to chop them up before they could blow back onto the greens and fairways and the blower. I then tried to brush the putting green but felt it made more of a mess than it was worth so proceeded to change all the cups and call it a day. Hopefully tonight it will be calm and I can accomplish more course conditioning and less leaf chasing.
|morning after big clean up. reason 16 to hate trees|