Tuesday, May 10, 2016

BUSY MAY

May is a busy month for the staff.  The grass starts growing.  Good thing Right? You bet!! but that mean's mowing and more mowing.  We also have to plant the flowers at the pool for the Memorial Day weekend.  We apply our Crabgrass and Japanese Beetle Grub controls.  Top-dress and  Verti-cut the greens.  Edge and check sand depths in all of the bunkers and Fertilize Greens, Tees, Fairways, and Roughs. So we can mow again.  Don't take this the wrong way,  May is my favorite time of year.  Mother Nature comes alive.  

Manuel edging the bunker on 10,  We have about half the course finished.  



Mom must be feeding her well.   She is getting really big.  

So!!!! you clean out the barn so you have room to store the tractor indoors and.............


The staff says:  boss we can't move the tractor.  There is a birds nest on the tire!!!


Good thing we don't need the tractor any time soon.   Mother Robin would be very upset with us.   


A couple of weeks ago we noticed a pair of Osprey had taken a liking to the cell tower behind 15.
you can see the nest in the middle.  They have been very busy this past week bringing all sorts of sticks and grasses to build it.  


To all of Natures Mothers:  Happy belated Mothers Day.  




















Friday, April 22, 2016

FOUNTAINS-PUMPS- AND 18 GREENS

The opening tournament went off with out a hitch.  We have had very little rain and because of that the course is playing firm and fast.  We wanted to get the water fountain on  8 working for the tournament but we had a leak in one of the pipes that took us some time to fix.  Same with the water falls on 4.  We had electrical problems and needed to order some parts that just came in last week.   What we did have was 18 greens!!!!!  after two years of winter damage it is nice starting the year off with no ice damage.

The grass will soon start breaking dormancy (we had frost everyday this past week) Once that happens we will be spending most of our time mowing.
Beautiful opening tournament Congrats to the winners!!!
After over 40 years the bell is back on # 4.  

Installing fountain in pond on #8.  It's now up and running    


IN HONOR OF EARTH DAY HERE IS THE LATEST FINDINGS ON THE COURSE:  




A FLOWER FLY ON SERVICE BERRY BEHIND 11 GREEN,  NATIVE TREES ARE VERY IMPORTANT FOR OUR POLLINATORS BECAUSE THEY ARE A GOOD SOURCE OF EARLY SEASON POLLEN AND NECTAR. 



OUR RESIDENT GREAT HORNED OWL WITH CHICK.   ALREADY GETTING BIG!!!


FIRST TIGER SWALLOWTAIL SPOTTED YESTERDAY.  HAS HAD A ROUGH START SOMETHING GOT HOLD OF HER RIGHT WING YOU CAN SEE A PIECE OF IT MISSING.  



NESTING BLUEBIRDS,  ALWAYS A GOOD SIGN.  




*****  ON ANOTHER NOTE:    MOST PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF CHECKING THEIR BIRD HOUSES.  HERE IS A PICTURE OF A TREE SWALLOW THAT HAS BEEN PECKED TO DEATH BY A  HOUSE SPARROW.  HOUSE SPARROWS ARE AN INTRODUCED SPECIES (NON -NATIVE) AND ARE A BIG PROBLEM BECAUSE THEY TAKE OVER THE NESTING CAVITIES FROM NATIVE SPECIES.   IF YOU HAVE A BIRD HOUSE PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THEM AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK TO MAKE SURE THE HOUSE SPARROWS HAVEN'T TAKEN OVER.  THESE BIRD HOUSES ARE LITERARY LIFE AND DEATH.   






















































Friday, April 8, 2016

MOWING THE ROOF AND SPRING CLEANING



What do we do when Mother Nature throws us a curve ball?   We catch up on the projects that get put on the back burner like mowing the roof of the pump house and cleaning out the barn.  
Adonis cleaning off roof after it has been mowed.  Too much frost to work on normal turf.

Pool furniture and old chairs taking up much needed storage space.

Frost allows us to clean and organize the range building 




Nice and neat,  we even have room for our blower.  








Nice to report our resident owl is still sitting on her nest.   Have not seen any chicks yet.
Picture of our 8th hole.  Nice to have a full pond. Once the warm weather 
Returns we are ready to go.  Greens are rolling good and the course is playing firm
and fast.  









Wednesday, March 23, 2016

SNOW, FROST, AND 70

With the official end of winter behind us.  Spring is starting off like a ping pong ball.   We had a light coating of snow on Monday,  A heavy frost on Tuesday and today it will hit 70.  Grab your clubs and hit the links today!!!
Snow on Monday:   did not stick to the greens  

#1 from the club house.  Time to use your orange golf balls.



Heavy frost Tuesday

finished grinding stumps yesterday 

Owel, Adonis, and Marcos started raking bunkers  1-7 are done,  should be close to finishing by end of today.