Guest Author - Letta Meinen
Last year I decided it was time that we should add some color and plantings around the markers for our Mill Creek Golf Club. Each marker on our first two courses are granite and the surrounding area around each of these 18 markers have been full of rocks. I approached our LGA and asked if any of them would be interested in sponsoring one or more of these markers for bushes and ground cover.
There was a good response and I received several who wanted to sponsor certain holes and I presented them with plantings of three Heavenly Bamboo bushes that should be a negative reaction to the deer and Ivy groundcover. Our Course Manager Gary agreed to remove the rocks and see that these plants were planted.
We started with about ten of the 18 holes and the plantings were made sometime in April and May. As to our surprise we started missing some of these bushes, they were complete pulled up and not found anywhere. I then replaced them as soon as that happened and kept this up on three different occasions. It was devastating to find out that people would steal these plants. This continued into June when the hot weather hit and we had a summer of drought. That said most of our plants did not make it through last year. We noticed some have come back this spring but struggling.
This year I decided I would work alone and have some of these areas landscaped with new edging, soil and new plants. I started with Mill #3 where I live and which is the marker I have a Memorial Plaque to my husband. With Gary’s help we have landscaped this plot. It has a good start as the plants are taking hold. So far no one has attempted to remove any of the bushes and I have been keeping it weeded and added some rocks to make a good landscape of this marker.
If all goes well the next few weeks, Gary and I will landscape Mill #2 and Mill #4 these two area marker are well shaded as some of last years bushes have come back. The area around these two areas need to be upgraded with new soil and edging they are in bad shape. I have been purchasing the material and plants as Gary has agreed to help me when they are planted. It is my hope that once these areas are well established we can take on a project to improve all the markers on our 27 hole golf course.
Both are in bad shape like this one.
It is my belief that if you live on a golf course and want to see it become successful and profitable we need to take an interest in putting in some improvements with permission Having colorful plants around the markers make in more inviting and shows that we care and want to make this golf course a joy to live here and play this course.