Golf Course Management

MAY 2014

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68 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.14 The right stuff The best approach to landscaping and planting ornamentals can be as easy as selecting the right plant for the right place. During the past 20 years or so, the concept of right plant, right place (RPRP) has been initi- ated, cultivated, enhanced and has evolved into a powerful and common-sense approach to plant material selection. Yet, as I speak to groups at various state turf conferences or the annual Golf Industry Show, I fnd many superintendents and assistant superintendents are hearing about the concept for the frst time. Images of Rip Van Winkle are the frst thing to come to my mind at this point, but then I step back and remind myself that I think that an Angry Bird is something that fies around my bird feeder looking for something to eat, and that an "app" is something you put on a fairway to encourage root and shoot growth. In general, RPRP is relatively straightforward — it's about installing the best plant for the site, taking sun/shade, soil characteristics, pest history and many other factors into consideration. How - ever, each component should be considered fully to obtain the best chance for success. Site analysis In order to fully reap the benefts of RPRP, it's essential to start with a site assessment and analy - sis, then take the specifc outcomes into account when choosing plant materials. These initial steps are benefcial either before installation or when evaluating an established planting. In both cases, considering all aspects of the site is an immensely benefcial yet underutilized process. Site assessment and site analysis are different procedures, best thought of as the frst two steps By John C. Fech, Ph.D. AT THE TURN (horticulture) Properly located, fruit-producing woody plants offer color and a food source for songbirds. Photos by John C. Fech/UNL In general, RPRP is relatively straightforward — it's about installing the best plant for the site. 068-073_May14_Fech.indd 68 4/16/14 2:52 PM

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