How do you make eco-budget work attractive? Because not. It takes planning, insight and frustration to help your environment and your approach, but it is not as difficult as it seems. In addition, the inner bonus, the world – and your boss – thank you.
Tim Course, director of golf course operations, specializes in caring for more than 17,000 acres of endangered and endangered species in Florida. Think of the strange Okapi, Bongos and Damma giants. Hersi’s average maintenance budget for most golf courses has increased by about 800 percent since 1970. “Is it smart enough to cut their budgets without compromising quality, declining grassland?” Hers asks. Something unlikely. Therefore, the first step is to reduce the amount of arable land.
Isaac Brewer, superintendent of AL Gustin Golf Course at the University of Missouri, in the field drive for a field drive in Central Colombia, Missouri, agrees. “We are saving $ 300 to $ 400 per hectare a year,” he said. “That harvest once a week, in the transition zone, from April to November, producing an hour’s salary and fuel. The amount may be increased if you include washing, watering, and fertilizer or herbicides on machines. Multiply that by a few acres and in a few years and those savings will be significant. Al Gustaan It was the first fully accredited university course at Odubon International in 1997 and has been led by Breyer ever since.
Florists are one way to reduce the amount of arable land and increase the beauty and carrying capacity of the property. “I think pollen conspiracy has a place in every course in the United States,” says Breyer. They do not require much space and directly use birds, bees and butterflies, the cost of seed per half hectare is approximately $ 150. In AL Gustan, 20 to 25 indigenous species are planted in every five farms, including purple confetti, fox fur beard, wild bergamot, butterfly milk and black eye susan. They are completely majestic.
“If your new installation is less than one out of 100 bullets, fine,” Hers said. But they have to pass the test of beauty, the test of practice, and the ability to play. Indigenous plants are not panacea and most people fall physically or psychologically when they try to be natural.
You need to choose the right plants for the right size, density and time of year, watering properly and weeding. You also have to be patient. Maturity takes three years.
Funding the best environmental practices is a long-term investment that requires the support of staff and owners. Brewer’s enthusiastic assistants, Nick Gilbert and Eric Acton, and Professor Jim Noneel, all work together. “We talk about ideas,” says Breyer. “This is what we try to do, it works, and these are costs. They boarded everything 100 percent. Nosol has four beehives sold in a professor’s shop to help house 26 original blue birds on the 18-hole property (with a re-produced beehive profit). To date, over 3,000 birds have been raised in more than 25 years.
Environmental savings increase when your worker knows the course well. The greens are Cohansey’s bentgrass and rough long fescue. The streets and highways have been transformed from Fesku to Zoisigras. Brewer can be “taken to the edge” and our highways are known for being strong and fast. Players will appreciate that long package.
Healing instead of prevention is another potential way to help the environment in the right way. If you take this step, you need to pay close attention to the situation.
“We know we’re going to get a dollar place,” said Breyer. When the staff sees that, they can take care of it. Different models help save a few applications each year and that increases supply costs and labor. “We look at the weather to support fertilizer, and that helps.”
An observer saves money. “We always talk about the environment and not emotionally,” Hers said. When you ask someone to do a job, tell him why we make everyone feel the way we do. Get to know your people, get to know your course and help your people know your progress. Invest in the right people, keep them and find a professional when you don’t know anything. Mistakes are expensive.
Irrigation is a topic that revolves around how to save. Moisture meters, especially in the ground, help to avoid estimating watering. Hand watering can often be more effective. “Many spray-painted heads can be dug and turned,” Breyer said. That saves money every time you turn on the system.
A hydraulic irrigation system initially costs more, “but it saves money and resources in the long run,” says Hers. Self-audit your irrigation system annually and have a professional audit every three to four years. Water costs merge quickly. Inspect each head, operate your pump station regularly, and consider the most efficient engines if possible.
“Ideally, the whole class can drink in five hours or less,” says Heers, making it easier to use higher standards. “Make your cover in the perimeter instead. Think of a low PSI system as it attracts small amps and creates heavy droplets, so you will lose less due to depletion. Managers who distribute water at the right angle and at the right pressure will understand the environment and your budget.
Safe tools to protect the people on your property, wildlife and land will show you your care and are certainly more expensive than litigation. Do not neglect the maintenance of your repair facility where the correct storage of chemicals is not negotiable. Without a safe repair facility, your entire operation is in danger. Disaster prevention saves money.
Electrical appliances may be more expensive, but they offer potential. If your course can be delayed earlier or easier with quieter machines, that will open your ticket and save labor hours. Now you have cut your fuel budget, increased your efficiency, done something good for the environment – and hydraulic fluids are impossible.
Technology can help you manage your property more environmentally friendly, but if you do not control it, you will leave money on the shelf. It’s a good example of a drone that provides information that you can’t find on the go. Does technology help you use your resources more efficiently? Says Hirs. “Keep your surgery safe? Improve the learning environment? Help your staff? ”Investigate your purchases so that stored dollars can be used for local add-ons.
“I was shocked at the number of courses that were not covered in boom,” says Hers. The cover provides about 90% of the road’s knockout and better distribution style. Bombs cost $ 10,000 per machine, but you can still use them if you rent or buy new machines. Take care of them and they will work for 10 to 15 years. Use them and make sure they are in place for applications, even if they do not interfere with birds, bees, wildlife and the environment.
“Smart people can be very emotional about trees,” says Hers. But if you are affected by the course health of your course, contact them. There may be problems with roots, shade, ventilation and lawns for food and water. Tree maintenance is cost effective and environmentally friendly.
To do the best for the environment, “Visit courses, talk to their supervisors about their best ideas, go to important seminars, and don’t stop,” says Heather.
“Golf courses have a better understanding if people know they are doing something for the environment,” he said.
Encouraging everyone to think locally can make long-term eco-budget work attractive.
Lee Carr is a writer and contributor to the Northwest Ohio-based golf course industry.