Knowledge Is Power; Share Your Knowledge on Field Maintenance

Many times the extension agents are affiliated with a local or state college system, but if not, those institutions are often a good source for experts in areas such as turf grass, weed or pest control, fertilizer and other related fields. They are generally eager to help local recreation departments as part of their overall mission.

Extension agents and educational institute experts are also excellent training partners who can help educate your staff and users. They are very authoritative sources who will lend credibility to your effort to provide top-notch fields.

Additionally, many departments have a contract with a commercial contractor for fertilizer or pest control; these can also be sources for training and education. They do this for a living and most are more than willing to share their knowledge. You might even want to make it part of the contract to provide training. It benefits everyone involved – users, parks and rec pros and the company.

And, of course, there’s also all the readers of PRB!

As May turns to June, many sports programs will go into a summer lull and it’s a good time to think about field maintenance. So if you have any best-practice advice, share your experience here. Or, if you have questions, pose them here and let the professionals in the field help answer them.

It is said that knowledge is power; in this case, sharing your knowledge will empower other parks and rec pros with knowledge they need to provide safer and healthier sports fields.

Randy Gaddo, a retired Marine who also served for 15 years in municipal parks and recreation, is now a full-time photojournalist who lives in Beaufort, S.C.; he can be reached at (678) 350-8642 or email

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One comment on “Knowledge Is Power; Share Your Knowledge on Field Maintenance

  1. D Reed on said:

    It is a great idea to share in all facets of recreation while we have the personnel who have years of that hard earned experience still in our ranks. The staff coming up behind really do need the encouragement and benefits of the tried and true methods that senior staff have to contribute. Share!

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