Friday, March 27, 2015

GETTING CLOSER TO SPRING " WEATHER THAT IS".

I am changing Ground Hog day to Ground Hog Season.   Did we not go through this last year?   Will this white stuff ever melt?    I guess it could be worst.  Actually last year was worse!!  At this point I am not 100 percent sure we have escaped with out any winter injury but I am sure we do not have the amount of injury that we had last year.   We are gearing up for the arrival of the seasonal staff.  A few are scheduled to return Monday.   I am anticipating opening at least the front side some time next week.  At least enough snow melted so we could get to the pump house.  We are using some of the extra space to store our irrigation parts.   We finished up removing some of the invasive grasses by the ninth tee.   To help move things along we shoveled the snow off of  10, 8, 15, and 2 greens this week.  I'm going to make a few phone calls today to the staff and make sure they are ready to return for another season.  Next up,  getting ready to open.


Installing shelves for Irrigation parts in the pump house


Finishing up burying some invasive grasses by 9 tee.  We started this last year and had to stop because of the weather.  
Happy to report we have a nesting owl on the course!!!!
Tried to zoom in for a better picture a little fuzzy but you can make out a chick next to the mother.  I should report that it is a Great Horned Owl.  They have been known to nest in old hawk nests which is what happened here.  By the time the hawks want to use the nest again, the Owls will be long gone.  Isn't nature amazing.  












Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SNOW, LOBBY DAY AND A PAINT JOB

Mid March and winter is still hanging on.  A lot of snow melted yesterday but unfortunately the forecast for the next few days in not very warming!!!  Right now it is hard to tell if we have suffered any winter damage.   Looking at the areas where the snow has melted things look pretty good.   One very important issue that can not be shown with a picture, is the smell.   last year when we removed the ice from the 14th  green the smell was awful.   I don't smell anything this year, which is a very good sign.

Picture from last week.  

This Picture is taken today.   Too much snow to think about opening.  














Lobby Day in Albany  








Last week I spent a Day in Albany with other industry leaders lobbying for the benefit of golf courses in our state.  Our industry is no different than any other and is becoming more and more regulated. A few of the issues are Pesticide Reporting, Bees and Pollinators, Applicator Fees, and a State definition of IPM.  (Integrated Pest Management).












Tony painting the Trim.  





You may not know this but we have apartments above the Greens Maintenance Facility.  Timmy our starter lives on one side.  The other side is for the Green Staff.   We are giving it a much needed freshening.
Owel painting the walls.  



Saturday, March 7, 2015

Nice video of the Sparkill creek by River Keeper.


THE MARCH LION

March has certainly come in like a lion.  Let's hope it end's like a lamb.   We just had the 3rd coldest February on record.  Sorry for the glare on this picture it is from our computer screen.


Double Click to enlarge.  
Thank goodness for some snow.  Why?  because it acted like an insulator last month.  Our soil sensors measure Temperature, Moisture and Salinity.   In Season we look at them daily to adjust how much we irrigate.  This time of year we monitor soil temperatures.  When things start to warm up we know it's time to watch for freeze - thawing conditions that could damage turf.

This is our sensor located on the 5th green.   The upper sensor (about 2 inches deep)  went from 19.1 to  20.1.  The lower sensor (about 6 inches deep) went from 19.9 to 21.   When we were experiencing those sub - zero morning's the soil was at a balmy 19 degrees.


Ted is here showing off our new addition.  Our Thanksgiving Day Parade Toro Electric Cart.   



















A new addition to our cart fleet.  We recently purchased this Electric turf vehicle from Toro.  You may have actually seen it before!!!!!   It is slightly used because it was in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.




I just returned from our national conference in San Antonio.   I had the pleasure to speak at a couple of educational sessions.   Here I am talking about pollinators, In our case butterflies and native plants.  I also spoke about water shed issues and pump house construction.   I hope you can share with me my pride in Rockland Country Club. On some issues we are on the cutting edge of golf course management.  Thanks for your support.