Within the last couple of years, landscape trees and shrubs have been increasing in cost, largely because of our dollar. Many growers are now exporting our commonly used trees and shrubs down to the States. When we see this kind of trend it usually sticks around for many years. As a company, Morgan Creek is always looking to save a bit of money without cutting our overall course conditioning. This year we are trying our hand at raising our own tree stock.
There is a spot on the golf course that is relatively vacant, beside the eighteenth pond, which we have designated an area where we can raise our own seedlings. Currently, we have planted 80 Emerald hedge cedars and 20 Excelsa cedar trees. These trees are commonly used around our property. They are all planted in aeration cores which are also recycled from our course aeration. This tree nursery is a minimal investment for a decent gain expected in 2-3 years.
We are excited to do more of these types of things to improve our sustainability and we look forward to what the future brings.
Golf Course Superintendent