Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Interesting find at the valley

Eastern Newt

Over the last few weeks I have noticed some of these small amphibians walking across the greens at Victoria Park Valley. I immediately thought it was some kind of salamander. When I looked on the internet I realized it was an Eastern Newt. In all the years I have worked at both Victoria Park East and Victoria Park West or the past three years at the Valley, I have never seen one.  According to the following web site    
it is not considered endangered or at risk. I am pleased to see such species diversity at the golf course and confirms golf courses and the environment can co-exist.
I will keep you informed of other interesting wildlife.
Until next time...

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Fall Activities

 Where has the time gone! It is now October 1st. I am completely embarrassed I have not posted a blog since July! The summer was very king to turf managers with cooler than normal temperatures and timely rains. We deserve it after the winter we experienced which devastated many golf course greens across the province.  Once the greens came back the golf courses have been in perfect shape. Now we are completing many of our fall activities. The pictures on the left show me (yes me) aerating tee decks at the Valley.
The greens were aerated in late August. The leaves are now just starting to fall which will add to the list. However it is a great time of the year. There is nothing like a sunny fall day to enjoy your favourite golf course!
Until Next Time....