Our guest speaker for the night was Adam Robertson who spoke to us about a revolutionary method of aerating grassed sporting surfaces (golf courses, bowling greens and tennis courts).
Adam comes to us with long history of golf course management which included time at Merimbula Golf Club, Ringwood and latterly Kew Golf Club where he was course superintendent for several years.
Adam has now formed his own company – TurfAir – which with a revolutionary piece of equipment (Air2g2 Pure Aeration), stimulates and aerates the subsoil to a depth of 30cms without damaging the surface. Past coring methods were restricted to 10cm which in fact created compaction problems and surface damage.
Adam went on to explain that golf course management was in fact 25% manual management and 75% nature so it was important that the 25% was done properly. The history of most golf courses are tied to nature, i.e., floods and droughts, and past management practices have done little to ameliorate damage done by disease and insects. By penetrating the soil to a depth of 30cms, not only is aeration improved but microbial activity is stimulated.
The practice is new to Australia but has received glowing reports in both the USA and UK.