Thursday, June 11, 2015

Butterfly Habitat

Another great area for butterfly's hole 13 in a area we seed with our custom wildflower mixture. Some great flowers this year because of all the rain. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

2015 Golf Operations Team

The Pinery's 2015 Golf Operations Team 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Busy as a Bee

 Honey bees almost have the entire first box full of comb. It has been two weeks since they arrived. I hope to add the next box later in the week. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mothers Day Freeze

A great link to Swingle  about to potential damage to our tree's and shrubs this mothers day.

Mothers Day Freeze

Monday, May 4, 2015

Arrival of the Bees !

Our Italian Honey bees and Queen arrived today for the Pinery Pollinators. 
We had a successful bee release into the new hive on Saturday evening. Below are some pictures of the event.  Keep checking the blog for some video. 

Signs mark the area where the hive is placed. 
East of #3 mountain and west of  #4 mountain green 

A 3 pound box of bees with Queen . About 10,000  honey bees!  
From Apis Hives in Grand Junction
Italian Honey bees are bred for there calm demeanor

Inserting  the bees in the hive.
The queen will remain in a small cage until the colony gets used to her in about 2-3 days. She will eat her way out of the small cage past a marshmallow.  

The next day from inside the hive.
Look like happy bees! 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Pinery Pollinator Signs

Below are some digital copy's of the signs being installed around our new Honey Bee and Butterfly habitats. These areas will be environmental sensitive so please limit exposure to these areas. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Honey Bee Swarm

All over the news this weekend was a  story about a honey bee swarm during baseball spring training.

Notice they bring in a bee keeper to save and relocate  the honey bees.  He is spraying the bees with a sugar water mix to keep the honey bees calm.

Check out the link on USA Today

Spring Training Honey Bee Swarm

Planting a Future

Great article and video on the monarch butterfly from CBS Sunday Morning.

Check out the link below

CBS News

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Double Jar Feeder

The picture above is our double jar feeder that we made. This feeder will be filled with a 50/50 mix of water and sugar for the bees to eat when they first arrive in the hive. The reason for the feeder is so the bees get acclimated to the new hive and queen.  Once the bees are comfortable in the hive the jar will be removed from the top box and the bees will roam for  their own for food.

Warre Honey Bee Hive

This is our First Warre Honey Bee hive. The Warre hive is known as the peoples hive for its easy upkeep and happy honey bees.  Happy bees make good honey!

Pinery Pollinators

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                          Pinery Pollinators
                                                               Pinery Honey Bee/Butterfly Habitat, Tread Lightly

Come follow our adventure into the world of pollinators. This year we are creating new honey bee and butterfly habitats in the native areas on the golf course.  

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Painted Bunkers?

What up with the painted bunkers? Well this winter we are doing some research with turf protectants on our bunker edges/noses. Throughout the winter even with timely snows and winter watering our southern exposed bunker faces desiccate. This winter we tried something new.  In late November we applied our first of a monthly application of  Turf Screen tank mixed with a anti-transparent on our bunker surrounds. The Turf Screen product is basically a sun screen for turf. With our higher than normal solar radiation  and our  higher altitude coupled with  dry winter air  the Turf Screen should limit the desiccation. The Turf Screen coupled with the anti-transparents,  wetting agents and hand watering  should limit our damage to our southern exposed bunkers.

Friday, October 4, 2013

First Snow !

Today we received our first snow in Parker Colorado!  The forecast calls for snow all day and clearing tonight with a hard freeze and lows in the mid 20's

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sunrise Temperature Drop

Why, just before sunrise, does the temperature seem to drop?

Just before sunset  and continuing throughout the evening the atmosphere near the Earth's surface starts to cool this  is called radiational cooling. Not until sunrise is when the sun starts heating up the atmosphere, but this is when you actually see the coldest temperatures of the night.  Now  since cold air is heavier than warm air this cold air settles to lower elevations. Then when you add in colder temperatures we can actual have our worst frost slightly after sunrise.

This occurred this morning at  The Pinery since we sit low in the Cherry Creek Valley. We had a hard frost on the lower elevations of the course where the upper elevations had no frost. 

As you can see in this mornings weather report the lowest temperature occurred just after sunrise at 7am 34.4 degrees. 

So just because you didn't  have frost at your home doesn't  mean we wont have frost at the course.  Always check in with the pro shop in the spring and fall for any frost delays.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Duckweed Bloom

A few weeks ago we had a duckweed bloom in two of our lakes literally overnight?
Of course this was just before labor day.  Fortunately we had some aquatic herbicide Cutter in the chemical storage room. Cutter went down at 1 lb/ per surface acre tank mixed with a surfacent at 100 oz/ acre. The products were sprayed with a spray gun (large droplet size to prevent drifting) covering the entire lake surface.  The next day there was no change and I was a bit upset, but on the third day the duckweed was 1/2 gone and the fourth day so long duckweed!

Below are some before and after pictures. 

August 29th

 September 2nd  Labor day