Golf Course Management

JUN 2019

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56 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 06.19 arborists themselves qualified to scout, moni- tor and inspect for pests, as well as condition, defects and changes in trees? Golf-specific PHC guiding principles e previous guidelines are general in nature, important for all tree work in large spaces. However, a golf course is a specialized greenspace. Established protocols should be in place to address specific golf-related concerns. While there are many considerations, several rise to the top in this regard: • e company must understand that the pri- mary purpose of a golf course is to play golf, not to have an arboretum where people look at pretty trees. • e company must have a good under- standing of the importance of separation of trees and turf. • e firm must understand that trees have lots of benefits and lots of negatives. • e company should be flexible to adjust its schedule to work on days when the course is closed or at least less busy. • e company must be open to the idea of bringing in a second opinion on politically charged issues, such as tree removal and pest control. Some companies are more fo- several indicators of high quality in the world of arboriculture. Starting with the firm, a good tree care company should employ a large percentage of its staff that is certified — by the state, by ISA or as a Registered Consulting Arborist — and have sufficient experience to ensure that com- monsense decisions are suggested and made. A company that touts services such as "top- ping," "general prunes" and "elevations" is one to avoid. As well, the company should be able to provide some sort of assurance that adequate staff and proper equipment will be available at the best time of the year to do a particular job, not scrambling to find a warm body that knows how to run a chainsaw. Moving to the arborist, a certain skill for discernment is helpful. After visiting with them, do you get the feeling that they and their co-workers are safety-minded? After all, just the simple act of pruning off a damaged limb can be dangerous. Since the PHC approach requires free- flowing, back-and-forth dialogue, communi - cation skills must exist at least at a minimum level to share ideas and explain observed prob- lems. Finally, in addition to availability, are the guiding principle allows for greater flexibility, input from stakeholders and several levels of investigation. For example, International So- ciety of Arboriculture Certified Arborists with Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) credentials usually offer and recommend lev- els 1, 2 or 3 to their clients, with diagnostic services that range from a simple drive-by, to inspect and document, to high-level examina- tion involving sophisticated instrumentation, such as ground-penetrating radar, resistance drilling and sonic tomography. Clients are free to choose the arborist for treatment or seek it from other qualified pro- viders, much like those of us who depend on eyewear do with an optometrist/ophthalmolo- gist and an optician. How do you choose? Selecting a good arborist can be difficult, but several general guiding principles should be considered. e first is the competency of the individual who works for the company. e second is the company itself. ere are Defects such as root decay and flat trunk boles can lead to tree failure. Does the arborist take the time to point them out?

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