The weather is warming up and the course is waking up. Soon enough, we'll be teeing it up.
But first, another round of clean-up and clearing is in order. Between now and Memorial Day, our gang of volunteers will be pitching in to help Superintendent Tony Frandria and his crew get the course tuned up for the season.
The first order of business is clean-up. The winter weather downs trees and branches across the course and these need to be gathered up before fairway rough mowing can begin.
Our practice is to break down this material, pile it in a designated area on each hole and have it chipped. The chips are used for mulching, hugelkultur and path building. We also blow and rake debris into the treeline to suppress regrowth of invasives.
Once the clean-up is complete, we will resume our battle against buckthorn and other invasives. Removal of these weed species improves the ecology of the property, and also increases sunlight exposure and air movement, which leads to healthier turf.
There are several hot spots on the course that will receive our clearing attention, including the 15th and 16th holes as part of our Metra Corner Makeover.
We will be working on Saturdays between 9:00 and 11:00, unless it is raining. Many hands make light work - all are welcome to come pitch in. Bring loppers, rakes, or chainsaws if you have them.
To stay up to date on all of our upcoming volunteer activities, we created a VOLUNTEER PAGE HERE.