Thursday, August 31, 2017

ALMOST SEPTEMBER

Getting ready for the unofficial end of summer.   Hope you are able to get some time to play a few rounds this weekend.  Greens are starting to heal from the aerification and Fairways are very playable.    We just started mowing greens with old mowers.  Why old mowers?  because there still is enough sand on them to dull the mower blades.   It will take a few more days for the grass to grow around the sand to the point that the sand will not affect the cut.  but we are still able to mow even though we don't get that great a cut and rolling also helps smooth the surface.   
It has only been 9 days since we finished aerification.  Won't be long before we are back in great shape.  














  Close up view.   Holes are filled in and enough sand is on the surface to dull our mowers but the sand helps keep the surface smoother and also helps with drainage and compaction.  











We are taking the opportunity with the great weather to bang out a few tees.   We can do four holes in a day with no problem and it really doesn't impact play.  














This past Monday, it was my honor and privilege to host a group of citizen scientists from Rutgers.   They are interested in how we manage our native areas for habitat and cost savings.  As always it starts with good greens, tees, and fairways but there are a lot of opportunities on golf courses to provide good habitat for our native critters.    Pictured from left to right are:  

Christina Kaunzinger, an ecologist and an assistant research professor at Rutgers University;

Holly Nelson, the Rutgers University BSLA program director and an associate professor for landscape architecture;

Andrew Malkinski, an undergrad in the Rutgers Landscape Architecture program and an intern at the Rutgers University Golf Course;

Peter Greubel, president of Clifton Landscape Contracting Inc;

Erika Schellinck, an undergrad in the Rutgers Landscape Architecture program and an intern at the Rutgers University Golf Course;

Lisa Jensen, the Rutgers University Golf Course Pro and Manager;

Michael Young, a student in the Rutgers graduate program for Landscape Architecture and pursuing independent research at the Rutgers University Golf Course.

Finally I happened to catch this bee building her nest in one of our bee houses. Glad to help out our native pollinators and nice to see these actually work.