Golf Course Management

JUN 2019

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54 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 06.19 PHC providers are characterized by being a well-trained independent voice that has the trees' best interests at heart. ey function by informing and outlining the pros and cons of treatment/management practices, lay out several options for maintenance and improve- ment, and then step back and let the property manager (superintendent, in this case) make the final decision on moving forward. PHC focuses on the total growing environment focus, in the present as well as the past and future, whereas PC is usually characterized as a "one-off" arrangement. Company business model Another distinction along these lines rests in the company business model. ere are several iterations of this, but perhaps the first characterization is production versus service. Production models tend to work well for furniture or automobile manufacturing and poorly for plant care. In this sense, if the ap- proach is "react and implement" — that is, they get paid for how much permethrin they can spray on your trees — then the quality of the tree care comes into question. e next classification deals with magni- tude and conflicts of interest. Sweeping rec- ommendations, such as, "All of these trees When evaluating a potential arborist, ask questions such as, "Does the arborist inspect for limiting factors such as this or simply rely on treatment of mala- dies that result from planting errors?" need yearly fertilization and borer injections," should raise a red flag, that, again, the trees' best interests are not of primary importance. is is why we have doctors and pharmacists. Long ago, as a society we did away with dis- pensing doctors, practitioners who both di- agnosed and cured the malady. e problem with the "both" approach was that the com- mon prescription for just about any ailment was what the good doctor had the most of in the supply cabinet. Unfortunately, the both approach still ex- ists in the nursery and landscape design trade. It's a good bet that customers of a garden cen- ter that has 300 pyracantha on hand will be handed a design with at least five pyracantha in it. A more tree-centric and reasonable ap- proach is one that incorporates regular in- spection and monitoring, where an arborist gets paid for routine scouting and making recommendations based on their training and experience. In this manner of care, pest con- trol, pruning, replanting, removal and other arboricultural practices are implemented and paid for separately, either with the same or a different company, whichever is most quali- fied or cost-effective. A model with service as the foundational Selecting a good arborist can be difficult, but several general guiding principles should be considered.

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