Thursday, September 15, 2011

Willow Tree Removal

The willow trees are becoming a serious problem on the edges of our ponds. As you can see below, the championship tee on our third hole is blocked by willow trees that have grown up along the edges of the pond. We are also concerned by the environmental problems that the willows can present.

#3 Championship Tee

Miguel and Roel are removing these trees to open up the view of the green from the tee.



This will make this hole play much fairer.

The small willow shrubs that are growing on the edge of the pond are also removed.

Now a much more open shot at the green

Beneath the willows there is a nice stand of fescue grass. Now we will be able to mow as close to the water's edge as possible to control future growth of willows and noxious weeds.

We also find infestation of thistle wherever the banks of ponds are allowed to become overgrown by willows. Thistle is a noxious weed and it does not do a very good job of stabilizing the soil on the embankment from erosion and sentimentation pollution. Our work to clear and mow these areas down to promote the spread of fescue grass is good for the environment AND the game of golf.

Thistle and Reed Canary Grass (noxious weeds) growing beneath willows


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