There are basically two reasons
golf courses, sports fields, and turf farms call on soil consultants. The
first is to improve the quality of turf or plants at reasonable costs. Many
superintendents let fertilizer companies run some "free" perfunctory
tests, then spend tens of thousands of dollars on expensive fertilizer and
Superintendents are pleased
to learn that by using the right type of fertilizers targeted to the soil's
needs, an independent soil consultant like Paskvan
Consulting can significantly lower the cost
of their fertilizer and pesticide programs -- even as much as 70%!
Of course, not every situation
can boast 70% savings -- there are too many variables. But what Paskvan
Consulting clients report over a two- or three year maintenance program
is clear: balanced plant nutrients lead to significantly lower costs
and healthier turf or plants. Craig Paskvan's
status as a consultant who is independent
of any nutrient maker or chemical distributor contributes directly
to your bottom line savings.
The second reason superintendents
call on soil consultants is to solve stubborn grounds maintenance problems
the fertilizer companies can't or won't treat. Quite often, superintendents
will ask a local university for help, only to find that university experts
can't help. Paskvan Consulting built its reputation
by taking a direct, personal interest in solving your problems.
Here are some examples:
2001, a golf course called on Paskvan Consulting
to develop a continuous testing regime to prove that fertilizers
were not seeping into bodies of water bordering the course. There's no
textbook method for that, but Craig developed
an innovative program that proved no seepage was occurring. (See the "Environmental
Testing" page for details.)
superintendent couldn't get grass to grow on a recently renovated green,
and a handful of fertilizer company experts couldn't solve the problem.
Paskvan Consulting's investigation showed
that the green had been improperly constructed, blocking water drainage.
the 2000 season, a client superintendent had been bothered by a fungus
problem attacking course greens. Paskvan Consulting
suggested a simple, cheap remedy that cleared up the fungus infection
immediately - an application of baking soda!
late summer of 2000, Craig was invited to
come to a golf course that was experiencing severe problems with its greens.
The course had aleady called on two universities for help earlier in the
summer. One university's experts had visited once, and the other's, twice.
They could not fix the problem. The superintendent had one of the chemical
companies make an appearance, but again, there was no solution.
The superintendent then called Paskvan Consulting.
Craig tested the greens and irrigation water from all sources. Based on
the laboratory results, Craig put together a program to correct the nutrition
of the greens,and a maintenance program. The greens responded within two
weeks after the superintendent commenced the programs. The following spring,
the superintendent said the greens had never come through a winter as
well as they had that year.
An independent soil consultant
working to improve your bottom line and solve stubborn problems made this
superintendent's job easier:
have had trouble in the past with certain areas on my course. I
started working with Craig because I wanted an independent source of information
to improve my fertility program that was not connected with a distributor.
After two years of working with Craig, my members compliment me
on the great improvement on our greens, tees, and fairways. Thank
you, Craig, for making my job a little easier!
River Country Club
Fountain at Crow River Country Club
Whether you are public or private,
exclusive or small, Paskvan Consulting will
give you the same personalized service that our present clients have come
have been using Paskvan Consulting since 1997, and are very pleased with
their services. Craig is very professional and gives us the personal
attention we need to completely understand our test results, and any actions
required to correct the problems. We will continue to use Craig's
services and would recommend him to anyone interested."
The Preserve Golf Club
tag line is, "Take Charge of Your Turf!"
This superintendent, in his first year at a new club, used
Paskvan Consulting to solve a perplexing greens problem. This superintendent
took charge of his turf, and the club's board of directors took notice:
Consulting started in August 2001 at Glencoe Country Club. Craig did some
soil tests on my greens. This was a blessing because I learned a lot about
"This was my first year at Glencoe and I was having problems with
my greens. After Craig and I talked over the test results and he came
up with a game plan, I started my greens on a corrective program.
It was like day and night! My greens just took off and never looked
back! They came through the winter healthy, and now this spring
they are fantastic!! The board of directors saw the results
achieved in just 8 months and was so pleased they asked
me to have Paskvan Consulting do our tees and fairways this year.
"I would recommend Paskvan Consulting to everyone!"