Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Subsurface Irrigation

This spring we started some subsurface irrigation on some select bunkers. The installation
was fairly quick and easy. Once this project is completed it should eliminate hand watering on these problem bunker noses and edges, saving us labor and water dollars. The entire project for 300 foot of subsurface drip irrigation only took 16 man hours and a low cost of $200. The drip pipe is installed anywhere from 8 to 12 inches from the edge depending on the slope of the bunker and the spacing on the ladder of the bunker nose is 12 inches. This spacing can change however it depends on the GPH and PSI of the drip pipe. The pipe also averages 2-3 inch depth just below the sod cutter at its deepest setting. The drip pipe can also be installed just below the sod line or up to 4 inches deep.

Prep Bunker nose

Ladder for Large Bunker nose

2-3 inch depth

Sod cut perimeter of bunker place pipe under sod
Set sod cutter at maximum depth

Valve bank with filter, pressure regulator and pellet canister for wetting agents

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Better late than never

Over the past 36 hours we finally revived some spring precipitation. Since late Tuesday evening through Thursday afternoon we have received over 1.5 inches of rain and 8 inches of snow. What a great sight after being so dry over the last 9 months. This steady rain and snow will also help us flush our soils of sodium. Just last week we did some soil tests and noticed a increase in sodium in the soil from last year. I contribute this to the lack of natural moisture and only irrigating through our irrigation system. It would be interesting to do another soil test to see if the sodium has been flush through the soil profile.

Oh glorious SNOW!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New Life

New life is appearing at the Pinery Country Club. Our Mountain Chickadee nest boxes that we built and installed about a month ago are starting to fill up with eggs. These new nest boxes are part of our Audubon Sanctuary for Golf Course program that we established 18 months ago. Even our old Mountain Bluebird boxes are filling up with life again. It is exciting to see all of our hard work paying off and helping the environment at the same time.

Mountain Chickadee making sure the eggs are OK

About 8 Mountain Chickadee eggs
They are very small only 2-3 cm wide

Some Mountain Bluebird chick's

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


We are still in our drought! The last bit of significantly moisture we had was a month ago and that was only .15 inch of rain. Hopefully we get some moisture from this next storm system coming in this evening. Here are some interesting weather stats for the last 3 months.

Actual precipitation totals For March, April, May 2011

Rain .6 inches
Snow 3.5 inches

Averages for March, April, May

Rain 4.53 inches
Snow 23.1 inches

As you can see we are well behind our totals for the last 3 months.
Lets hope the weather changes for the next 2 weeks in May.