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Aeration Week


Patrick Andrews

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Aeration week is here, with the course closed from Tuesday until Saturday. The crew from Siems Turfgrass/DryJect UK arrived at Adare on Tuesday afternoon and we got to work by running two DryJect machines that day and three on Wednesday and Thursday. Each machine required 4-5 greenkeepers loading the sand into it. 

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DryJect was chosen for the greens for the near-instant playability and to not interfere with the busy season. We also did not need to pull cores at the moment because organic matter levels are where they need to be. It took us three days and 120 tons of sand to complete seven and a half acres of greens and approaches, allowing for one recovery day on Friday before play resumes. Profile porous ceramic was used as part of the mix at a ratio of 80/20 which replicates the original construction mix. 

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Sand and Profile to feed the DryJect machines.

Two acres of tees were core aerated with a Toro ProCore 648 equipped with a Nordic Plow attachment. We started on Wednesday morning and were finished by two pm. The Nordic Plow windrows the cores during each pass of the Procore. Afterward, a team came through a pick up the piles created by the Procore.

Overall, aerification was a great success, completing greens, approaches, and tees totaling nine and a half acres of turf in only three days.

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Alex, Jacob and Ken with Siems Turfgrass/DryJect UK.

DryJect UK is owned by Ken Siems, CGCS MG, a Canadian Penn State alum with over 40 years experience around the world. He was course manager at Loch Lomond Golf Club in Scotland for many years, and also worked in China, Russia and the UAE. It was great having him teach us about his company and equipment throughout the time he was here.

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