Photo by ShellVacationsHospitalityGolf greens are usually aerified with 3/8 inch hollow tines and 1 ½ inch spacing from hole to hole. These are some of the advantages and disadvantages of Aerifying golf greens:
• Relieves soil compaction
• Allows deeper, faster penetration of water, air, fertilizer, and pesticides in the root zone.
• Allows for the atmospheric release of toxic gases from the root zone.
• Improves drainage, helping to dry out saturated soils and prevent the formation of puddles.
• Improves water penetration into dry or hydrophobic soils.
• Penetrates the soil layers that develop from topdressing with dissimilar materials.
• Provides thatch control by stimulating the environmental conditions that promote healthy soil microorganism activity for
• Increases rooting by constructing a medium more conducive to active root growth.
• Temporarily disrupts playing surface.
• Increases turf surface desiccation as roots are exposed.
• Produces coring holes that provide a better habitat for cutworms and other insect pests.
As you can see, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages for the long-term health of the green year round.