Monday, April 18, 2011

Going back to the drill and fill, this is it. It will drill holes 12 inches deep, and put topdressing sand in at the same time. crazy long process.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

two weeks in the books.

with having two weeks in the books, and I learned a lot! During the second week we had to Double drill and fill, and airifaction week, Which that means a long week. With the double drill and fill we contracted with an outside business. Without knowing what in the world they were talking. In till i saw the machines in action. It was a very long process the machine has three wheels, Two hoppers, and 12 inch drill bits. My job was to make sure the hoppers was filled with sand. Walking back and forth with two 5 gal buckets filled with sand. It was a good workout. during the next day we were going to aerifiy but it rained. So we had to wait, then the next day, they assigned me to aerifiy greens! with this going on, we were verta-cutting fairways all day. with a dragging after, And a giant vacuum to clean every all up.

With the whole grounds crew being Latino it was to hard to work with then the first week, then with the little Spanish that i know. Was able to talk to them, and now i have friendships with everyone on the crew. Usually i can trade English for Spanish. All the interns are good guys too, One is from Australia and he is a very good guy. And another is from Rutgers and he is a good guy too. With two weeks in the books I I'm learning a lot with plenty of the season ahead.      

Monday, April 4, 2011

day one in the books!

made it to new jersey in two days (sat night) so i had plenty time to unpack and get things squared away before work starts on Monday, and with today being Monday i got to see how Plainfield is ran. Plainfield is not a very well know course, thinking it's from new jersey it would be, but it's not. we have a lot more equipment then what i'm use too. and the staff is not from new jersey at all, closest one is from new York, some are from the Midwest like Wisconsin, Ohio, and from Pennsylvania. they also mow fairways different to they use a tri-plex type mower to mow fairways. i only thought these types of mowers would be only for greens and tees. but using these types of mowers are lighter than your typical fairway mower. and they do it because it has less compaction and having bent grass fairways that type of grass cant handle alot of compaction, so there would be four guys at once mowing a fairway. there is a green that didn't do too well over the winter so there is a flag in the fairway to finish the hole. so with only working one day i have learned a lot. pictures will  be coming soon!