Friday, October 16, 2015

MID-OCTOBER UPDATE:


The leaves are just starting to turn there magnificent colors and after that we "pick-em up".  In the mean time we are continuing our course maintenance.  Our fall fertilizer application's have started.  We should finish up roughs today and will start fairways on Monday.  We are seeding some small areas in rough and I have some sod scheduled for delivery to touch up some bunker banks.  Seeding  these areas would be impossible because of the slopes.   We Seeded the area by 8 black tee (left of 9 fairway) to a meadow-wild flower mix.  This area will be maintained a little different then some of our other areas.   Next year for at least one season we will mow this area at 8 to 10 inches .  This will keep weeds in check and more importantly allow sunlight to reach the perennial flowers giving them a season to become established.  I have learned that the establishment of these areas is very important to long term success.  Putting in time now will pay dividends in the future.

Earlier in the month we found a very rare butterfly.  (at least in Rockland County---It is quite common if you go south)  It is called a Ocala Skipper and is the first one ever found in the county.   It took a little while to confirm the finding because I am by no means an expert.  I can now report that it is a first. A good find and a good finish to another year of butterfly and pollinator monitoring.

Danny helping Dry-ject our greens earlier this week.  





















Once finished we brush and roll and you can hardly tell we did any thing.





















Preparing soil for meadow seed.  

Owel Mixing meadow seed with sand so we can spread it.  It is too fine to spread on it's own.  






















First ever Ocala Skipper found in Rockland County.  A fitting end to our butterfly and pollinator monitoring.