Friday, February 10, 2012

Natural areas gone wild

Natural areas on golf courses are not without maintenance. The ditch bank is adjacent to a narrow, tree lined fairway. Growing quality turfgrass requires specific conditions, in this instance, airflow. Buckthorn is a common invader of natural areas of the Midwest. If allowed to grow unchecked, buckthorn can turn a field into a heavily wooded area.
Here you can see the amount of buckthorn that was growing on the bank. The removal of this woody material will improve the air circulation and make the growing conditions more conducive for quality turf.
Chop chop,

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