Golf Course Maintenance is an exciting and challenging journey. This blog attempts to give the reader some insight and appreciation for the individuals closest to the front lines of battle. Join us as we defend quality golf conditions from the evil forces that attempt to prevent them.
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, Turf