Monday, May 24, 2010

A Busy Time of Year

As you can see early May was my last post. Since the topdressing application to the fairways there has been a steady stream of day to day activities that has kept me from making a post.

One of our major accomplishments this spring was the new planting to the front entry bed. For over 40 years, two Linden trees graced the front entry to the club house and annual flowers beginning with tulips and followed by Impatients filled the bed. In the fall of 2009 the Linden trees were removed due to their poor condition. It was at that time we hired a landscape architect, Bob Harvey from Edelweiss Design, to develop a new plan for this area. Our goal was to install plant material that would provide more season to season texture and color. As you can see from the photos between the shrub roses, Taunton yews, Endless Summer Hydrangea, Peonies, and the annual flowers were will have excellent color from the beginning of the season right up the end.

Since the completion of the course restoration project in 2003 we have been adding plant material to the perimeter of the course to aid in providing screening and privacy to the course. Today the guys finished planting over 275 Dwarf Honeysuckle, Honeyrose Honeysuckle, and Black Chokeberry. It will take some time before this plant material is screening to the degree we expect. With some proper watering and a little fertilizer it will not be long. As the saying goes, "first year sleep, second year creep, third year leap.

Last week we replaced 3800 sq.ft of fairway grass that was contaminated with poa annua and perennial ryegrass with creeping bentgrass. Rick and the crew were able to complete the job over the course of two mornings. The ropes will remain in place for at least another week before we remove them. Golfer can play off the turf, but we are leaving the ropes up to keep cart traffic off the area.

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