Over the past four years, The Groundsmans Association has been offering an Autumn/Winter Aeration service using The Toro 648 Aerator, possibly the best machine of its kind.
We started carrying out this service in 2013, as an experiment, when Ten Club Squares were aerated, in 2016 the total number aerated was Forty.
Good Root Growth is a vital part in producing decent playing surfaces, it relieves compaction, following many years of consistent rolling, allows air into the soil to promote grass growth and aids with drainage during the winter months. In an ideal world we should aerate monthly from October through to the end of December unless frosts occur, however, this is a costly exercise, we have found that our programme in November is within the financial means of the majority of Clubs, regardless of the division in which they play.
The benefit of using The Toro 648 is that it spikes outside the wheels, therefore leaving no wheel marks even in wet conditions, the depth of spiking and the number of holes per square metre are easily adjustable. This service is carried out by CACG Committee Members who have great experience of this machine, for which, unfortunately we have to make a charge of £55.00 per square.
Should your Club wish to take the benefits of this service this year, please feel free to contact either Keith Goldsmith,
We are continually trying to improve the standards of all Grounds, this is even more important where youngsters are playing, we need to encourage them to start and continue playing, your Square is where it all happens.