Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Nursery Expansion

There are many things that go on behind the scenes here at TPC Sawgrass to make the course visually appealing. The landscape crew plays an integral role in enhancing the aesthetics of the course. With all the new flower beds and natural areas being added to the course the need for expansion in the nursery was a must. The landscape crew cleared out undergrowth and a few trees to add 8,000 square feet to the existing nursery to accommodate for the increase in inventory need to complete these projects. A drip irrigation system was adding for the area that trees and large plants will be kept along with a cable stretched across the area for tying off the plants, thus stabilizing them. In addition to expansion, two A-frame greenhouses measuring 100’ by 14’ were constructed to protect tropical plants from the cold winter weather and help in future plant propagation.

To make access to the bigger nursery easier a new road was constructed, graded, and topped with a gravel/coquina mix. A land bridge was widened to make traveling down the new road safer. Special thanks goes out to The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for their donation of a large drain pipe needed for the expansion. Also an old shed was moved to a concrete pad at the south end of the nursery and totally rebuilt to store equipment. Outside of the shed, an overhang was constructed to protect custom-made shelves (used to haul plants) from the elements.

All and all the landscape crew worked very diligently to create a top notch nursery to help TPC Sawgrass remain a five star golfing experience as was our goal from the beginning.