Friday, August 21, 2015

AERIFICATION UPDATE


Some good news:  This years aerification went quite well despite the hot weather.   We made smaller holes this year.   Ball Roll is not severely impacted and they actually were stimping at 10 this afternoon.  Some spots in fairways dried up a bit but I expect them to recover with in a week or so. We are playing winter rules until then.
The aerification process being done on 9 green.  

#11 fairway just after it was aerified.


6 green after clean up and top-dressed.

 
7 fwy.  after clean up.   --playing winter rules 






Thursday, August 13, 2015

RECYCLE, TRIM TREES, AND HERE COME THE MONARCHS!!!



This year we started providing 
bottled water.  One of the Greens staff is taking advantage of the nickel deposits.  Here is Chico with a loaded car.   We were recycling but the town does not give us any rebates for doing this.  I am glad someone is taking this opportunity to the bank!!!!!   


These guys sure look vicious but they are really harmless.  They are Cicada Killing wasps.   They catch a cicada, bring it to their burrow and lay an egg on it.  The Cicada becomes breakfast for the newly hatched wasp.  



There were some low hanging branches on # 6.  They were stopping the irrigation water from reaching the rough.   Here Tony and Marcos are removing the lower limbs. 






Irrigation water can now reach the rough on the other side of the tree.  











I am glad to report that the Monarch Butterflies have finally arrived.  They have been placed on the threatened species list and need all the help they can get.  








We have set up our aquarium again this year.  You can follow there development from Egg, Caterpillar, Chrysalises to 
Butterfly. 
They only lay there eggs on Milkweed which we allow to grow in different areas around the course.   They migrate all the way to Mexico every winter.   We joined "Monarch Watch"  which is a program run by the University of Kansas.  Every fall we tag and release Monarchs in an attempt to help study there migration habits.  





















Friday, July 31, 2015

LAST DAY OF JULY

Last day in July and we are in the middle of a heat wave.  The course is holding up fairly well. Things are nice and green.  I am amazed at how fast green speeds change.  We had a little storm roll through here last night and dumped 3 tenths of an inch on the course in about 15 minutes.  Not bad as far as storms go.  (it could have been much worse).     It must have released some of the fertilizer because the grass has exploded.   It makes for green greens but our ball roll dropped almost one foot. We are going to double cut and roll tomorrow to get things back to where we want to be.  Of course its going to be 90 again tomorrow which will make for a long day.  




Top:    Owel, Ted, and Greg Putting fountain in pond:


Right:    Fountain is up and running. We are having some problems with the lights.  I am hoping we just need to change a circuit breaker.  The electrician is scheduled to stop by Monday and check it out.












 We dug out the dirt path by 14 ladies tee and added 4 inches of gravel and topped with mulch.  A nice improvement and it only took Owel, Marcos, and Manuel one day to complete.   Next, I want to do the same thing to connect the paved paths on 4 and 5.  We use these areas more for maintenance than the players would use them.

This is the finished product.  Much nicer and a lot less dustier.  



















Add another bird to the list!!!!  This is a Indigo Bunting perched on a tree on the right side of 14. I  Happened to hear him singing.  He is all blue and quite handsome.   I know its a "he" because the males are blue and the females are a brownish color.  First time I have ever seen one.




Sunday, July 19, 2015

A BUSY SUMMER WEEK


TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING?
These two pictures are from #13 fairway where water from heavy rains sat for a few days.  The areas actually heated up and turned the grass yellow.  Luckily,  we had a few cooler days and the areas dried out and they are almost fully recovered now.   Too wet is a bad thing in the summer!!!








Here we are installing the pipe that will hold the power wire for the fountain.  Our electrician has been busy installing the control boxes.  We should get the wire in by the end of next week.   We are shooting for the fountain to be fully operational by
the end of the month.  Stay tuned!!!!!


















With the heavy rain we  had some mulch wash out by the pump house.
Manuel has been busy making a swale with some rocks to give the water a place to go.    



















In the nature is amazing department:  This is a American lady Caterpillar on it's host plant Pussy Toes (Antennaria).   I found 4 of these plants at the nursery this spring.  They are only 6 inches wide and 3 inches high.   How in the world do they find these plants is truly amazing.   










Here is a picture of an American Lady I took last year.