Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Good morning everyone,

I was fortunate yesterday to attend an industry event in Bloomfield Hills Michigan, at the beautiful Forest Lake Country Club.  This event is an annual gathering of Superintendents and industry professionals from both Ontario and Michigan in a friendly Ryder Cup style competition.  This Can Am event allows us the opportunity to network and discuss many of the issues that are faced with Turf maintenance on both sides of the border.  It is a great event filled with personal growth opportunities, and I am glad to have had the opportunity to attend.  I am happy to report, that despite my efforts, Team Canada retained the Cup once again in 2016.

There are numerous similarities between golf maintenance in Ontario as there are in Michigan, but one area in which we are at extremes currently, is the relation of turf growth.  I estimate that we are a good 3-4 weeks behind courses that are inland and away from the lake.  Despite the reappearance of the sun last week, as you can see from the photo below, our fine turf areas have simply yet to wake up;

Brownskeeping is the new Greenskeeping?

Some of the other key indicators other than turf colour were plant growth in garden areas.  The hostas yesterday in Bloomfield Hills were nearing their mid-season heights, whereas ours have yet to even emerge from the ground.  It is amazing that a short trip can yield such variances in growth!

Patience is key....it will warm up, it will green up, we just need to let Mother Nature do her thing...

In keeping with the growth theme for today's post, I wanted to point out some other areas of growth in the Turf Department.

Below is a picture of a now 6 year veteran of the Turf Department, Adriano.  Many of you will know Adriano, as he has been a fixture of this department since 2011.  You will also see that he is out on the course, operating a piece of machinery that requires more skill, and attention than many of the units in operation here at Sawmill.  Having started at the bottom of the ladder, I have had the pleasure of watching Adriano grow into the responsible, hardworking and reliable young gentlemen that he is today.  Which is why if you had asked me in 2011 whether he would be operating such an intricate piece of equipment, I may have hesitated.  But what is amazing about this industry, is having the chance to see people like Adriano grow, and mature year over year.  To think about where he started, to where he is today, is an amazing journey, and I am proud to have him on my crew.  

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at jamie.downton@sawmill-creek.com

Thank you for reading.


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