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Golf course groundskeeper uncovers fossil tooth

Monday, August 24, 2009

A golf groundskeeper uncovered a fossil mammoth tooth in Michigan.
A golf groundskeeper uncovered a fossil mammoth tooth in Michigan.

A golf course groundskeeper in Saranac, Michigan recently came across an unusual discovery while going about his duties on the course. Patrick Walker found a 10-pound fossilized mammoth tooth last week at Morrison Lake Country Club, according to the Grand Rapids Press.

The golf course also contains other fossilized remains, according to a paleontologist who visited the course after the mammoth tooth was discovered, the Associated Press reported, via the Grand Rapids Press.

Groundskeepers at golf courses tend to have a sharp eye for details and maintaining the turf of a country club is a demanding job. But homeowners can get golf-course quality lawns by following simple steps.

Harold Enger, a certified turfgrass professional and ornamental landscaper, says the major enemies of a healthy lawn are insect pests, under- or overwatering and poor lawn mower techniques.

A well-maintained lawn needs one inch of water per week to stay green and growing. Enger says leave sprinklers on in one position for 30 to 60 minutes before moving it to another location. Early morning watering is best.

Enger says lawns should be mowed when they need it, as opposed to keeping a weekly schedule, in all seasons.

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