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Things Starting to Shape Up

William F Hamilton, CGCS
Director of Agronomy

May 2

We’re looking forward to the day when we can just do some casual mowing and blowing. Hopefully that time is coming soon.

The new surrounds project is nearing completion. Today the sod is going onto #13, and tomorrow it will go onto #10. Hole #14 is ready for mowing now. Once all the grass is firmly established, we’ll put an application of sand on the sod to seal up the seams. If you look at the surrounds we did last year on #4, #5 and #6, you get a good idea what the end result is.

Beginning on May 6, we will be doing some cart path repairs and extensions. Most of that work will happen on #6 and #7. There will probably be a temp green in play for that work to be completed in the most timely manner. Lots of things to do and not enough hours in the day. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation in getting these improvements done.

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May 8

Things are finally starting to shape up and we’re getting the upper hand on the rampant growth of everything. The surrounds project is completed and we now need to shave down the new sod to fairway height. The cart path project is progressing well and they should be done in a week or so.

Parks projects include getting all the grass mowed and fertilized, as well as some necessary tree removal. There are many dead trees in Vista and Commodore that will have to be removed. Unfortunately, they have succumbed to the great killer of oak trees, irrigation water. These trees present a known hazard, as many of us congregate in their proximity. A replacement program and a redesign of irrigation distribution is underway.

Another necessity we have is finding a few good employees. “Back in the day” it was never an issue to find good landscape workers. Now, with the labor market so tight and competitive, there are many options for a dwindling supply of employees. We presently need some folks that enjoy working in the great outdoors. I have openings in both the Parks Department and Golf Course Maintenance Department.

If you know of someone that would find this type of work interesting and rewarding, please have them fill out an application for employment at the Administration office. It’s not for everybody, but the work is diverse and satisfying.


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