Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A NEW MACHINE TO PLAY WITH AND COTTAGE LANE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

We started vertical cutting the fairways this week.   What is vertical cutting or “v” cutting for short you ask?   Good question.   The preferred grass in our fairways and greens for that matter is called bent grass.  This grass tends to grow more horizontal because it tends to creep along the ground.  It can spread in to voids or divots that way.   By cutting the grass vertically we can try and get the grass to “stand up” more.   That should help support the ball and create better lies.   It also helps the grass spread.   We do it several times a year on our greens.  By purchasing this machine we intend to expand that practice to our fairways.   It will take a few times to see a noticeable improvement but eventually we hope to improve those tight lies we sometimes get on our fairways.   
Ted is verticutting 17 fairway with our new machine.  

Close up picture.   

  

Last Monday we hosted a special 5th grade class from Cottage Lane Elementary School.   We talked about the different Eco. Systems we manage and looked at invertebrates in our streams and different plants in our native areas.  We through in some golf just for fun.    A special thanks to Mrs. Patricia McFadden and Mr.John McFadden.  Mrs. McFadden is a teacher at the school and Mr. Mcfadden was the golf instructor for the day and is a current board member and past Green Chairman.    A great time was had by all.  

Mr. McFadden teaching the finer points of putting.  

great form !!!!!

Taking inventory 

Looking at soil temperatures of the different areas:  Greens, fairways and roughs 

We even found a Woolly Bear caterpillar.