Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Boy, it's been awhile since I last posted. A lot of things have happened since early July which are good, bad, ugly.

The good is that the drainage project is just about wrapped up. The picture the area between 4 and 5 where we tied the tiles from 6 and 4 together and ended them out at a drain basin. The washout area was filled in and reseeded so next year we will be able to mow this area. We took out 4 trees here to complete the process. This is a sign of things to come as we will embark on a tree removal program late this fall.
The bad was this bear that kept visiting our dumpster in July. He was pretty much a nuisance by scattering the garbage bags below the dumpster and feeding to his hearts content. We finally called the DNR to move the animal and after a few nights of using their bait without success, we switched to Van Meters' brats and hot dogs and within a few hours, we got him. He was moved to an undisclosed location(near the Minnesota border) and everyone is happy.
The ugly just occurred this week.Whenever power equipment is used to maintain fine turf, the inevitable is bound to happen. Hydraulic hoses will eventually fail and sometimes not noticed right away. There is some damage on greens 4, 6, and 14. How much? Hard to tell yet. Some of it may grow out, other areas may we have to plug in new sod. Not a fun chore but it happens and we will take care of it.