Greens aerification is a sore subject for most golfers. The disruption to the putting surfaces affects the roll of the ball until the greens adequately heal. But it is a “necessary evil” that ensures the health of the closely mown turf.
Greens receive lots of traffic. They are mowed daily, they are rolled frequently, and they are walked on by every golfer that plays the course. Over time this causes compaction of the underlying soil, robbing it of oxygen and the ability to not only accept water but to allow water to drain through it. Most people know that plants require C02 to complete photosynthesis – but many do not know that roots require oxygen to respire or “breathe.” Aerification allows oxygen back into the root zone and also allows bad gases, formed through decomposition, and microbial activity out.