Bemidji Town & Country Club Online Newsletter - 05/13/11

From the Superintendent
I would like to inform you all that aerification is scheduled for Monday May 23rd and Tuesday May 24th (nine holes per day).

Why do we need to aerify now when the greens are just recovering from last fall's process?

The cool climates we experience in the Bemidji area make the aerification recovery process slow in the fall. Aerification to the putting surfaces allows us to sustain a product that endures the wear and tear of the mechanical stresses and golf pressure we experience every season. 20 percent of organic material needs to be removed every year to maintain firm and fast putting greens. Aerification is the technique that helps us accomplish our goals and the player demands at Bemidji Town and Country Club.

This season's tentative aerification plans.

Understanding that our practices are dictated by the weather and recovery time, our techniques must be flexible to help address and achieve our agronomic goals. Drastic aerification in the late fall creates poor putting surfaces for fall and early spring golf. This spring we are focused on organic material removal with minimal recovery time. Summer is on its way and the great flush of growth will help us recover faster than the late fall practices. We will use a linear verticutting procedure for this spring's aerification to remove the greatest amount of organic material. This hopefully will carry us through the season. This will give us better putting surfaces this fall and next season's early spring golf. Throughout the season we will be venting the greens as needed to help with compaction and circulate the flow of air throughout the profile. The needle tining process is non-disruptive to the greens.

Again, I look forward to a great golfing season. The staff and I will continue to imply the best agronomical practices that fit our golfing standards.

Tom Johanns
Golf Course Superintendent