Friday, July 25, 2014

Landscape Operations Team Raising The Bar!

It is the goal of the Landscape Operations Management Team to continually strive to provide educational opportunities for our team members in order to improve horticultural knowledge, enrich the work environment and increase the value of each team member to the overall operation. One such opportunity is the TPC Sawgrass Plant Identification Certification Level I. We offer a classroom type setting to learn about site-specific plant species and their maintenance requirements. Recently after three review sessions Meghan McLain, Assistant Landscape Superintendent, proctored a plant identification exam by touring the resort grounds with the entire team. Fifteen pre-specified plant species were marked for identification and each team member was asked to identify each one. The list for the Level I exam includes various varieties of palms, trees, ornamental shrubs, grasses and perennials. From the management perspective it allows for a more seamless transition between assignments and also insures all plant species are receiving proper care. From the team members’ perspective they are constantly increasing their knowledge, consistently applying this knowledge and they can me more actively involved in the daily tasks. In the coming months additional educational opportunities will include: Level II Plant Identification, FNGLA Certifications, and the Limited Fertilizer Application license, which is required by the state of Florida.