Aeration Tine Trends for Australian Autumn

Autumn conditions for Australian Greenkeepers varies depending upon geographical region, sports turf variety, turf length and soil profile. As an Australia wide industry supplier of aeration, solid and hollow coring tines, I have seen trends and product usage patterns emerging each season across user groups.

Summary of results: In a nutshell, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm and 12mm solids are the most used in Autumn for alleviating hard pan areas, whilst the phantom 7mm, 10mm, 12mm, 16mm and 19mm Hollow tines are the most popular for relieving surface tension without causing turf stress or delayed recovery times.

These tines are part of the renovation program for those lucky enough to own or get hold of an aerator. Data below is relevant to all users of John Deere, Baroness, Vertidrain Redexim, Toro Procore and SR, and Weidenmann aerators.

Historically by region, aeration tine usage in Autumn is as below:

Tine Sizes popularity in Autumn

Phantom Tines

Phantom Tines are rescuing Greens

Turf management practises have changed rapidly with the onset of Covid19 player numbers have increased putting more pressure on Clubs and Superintendents to keep the greens open for play with less time to recover.
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Phantom tines are an excellent resource to help alleviate organic matter and compaction without being disruptive or closing greens, a major renovation takes 5% of organic matter whereas Phantom tines take up to 1% at a time. They can be used frequently throughout the year to achieve a healthy green that keeps uptaking air, water and nutrients whilst remaining in play.

In 2018 when we first engineered the original micro Phantom7 for procore with 3/8 Mts,  Turf managers requested a small phantom tine for vertidrain, weidenmann and Toro SR with a 12mm Mt so we engineered and delivered the Phantom9 tine 9.5mm OD with a 5.5mm ID