We continue to enhance the stewardship of Berksdale’s assets as we progress toward our Audubon International certification. We took advantage of the fabulous weather on February 15th to expand creek bank stabilization along #2 fairway. In 2010, the embankment adjacent to the forward tees was graded, rocked, and planted with red twig dogwood cuttings. This was accomplished with guidance from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The planting has thrived and we were able to take new cuttings while rejuvenating it.
We took approximately 400 cuttings and placed them along the mow line adjacent to the creek, from #2 forward tee to #2 approach. Survival rate for these could be between 10-30%, weather dependent. Red twig dogwood (Cornus sericea) is a North American native with a spreading habit helpful for erosion mitigation; the flowers and fruits attract butterflies and birds. The stem color is especially noticeable in winter. For more information see www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder, www.nrcs.usda.gov, or contact Assistant Superintendent Wendy Barnes at moc.a1701344548opvvb1701344548@bydn1701344548ew1701344548.