We will start aerating fairways this Sunday. We try to accomplish as much of this at night to minimize the effect on play and to finish in the shortest time possible to return the course to "normal."
"Isn't that early to aerate?" is the question I often get and yes it is but we do it for a couple of reasons. First my staff is still at full capacity to get this large task done quickly. Secondly, by this time of summer the fairways are usually in need of some air and water infiltration. So while it may be a little warm to perform this task it has actually worked quite well for us. Our turf seems to perk up a little bit after this practice and recovers quicker than it would if done later in the fall.
The rest of the fall aeration schedule is as follows:
August 29-30 Greens surrounds
September 6-7 Tees
October 3-4 Greens