Category Archives: Grounds + Sports Turf

Lighthouse Preservation

Photos Courtesy Of The National Park Service

Far north of the shining city lights lies a place where the water is clear and bright. In this place is housed a beacon that has guided mariners safely home for more than a century.  However, after so many years, the structure itself needed its own assistance. In 2011, the lighthouse on SouthManitouIsland in Michigan underwent a restoration and exterior whitewashing that returned the building to its heyday.  A History Lesson Located 8 miles northwest of the town of Glen … Continue reading

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Standardize For Savings

Standardization saves time and money.
Photos Courtesy Of Andrew Greess

You may have noticed that when you order a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder in Anchorage, Alaska, it is exactly the same as the one you purchase in Miami, Fla. This is also true for a cup of Starbucks coffee. The business strategy–called standardization–is used by many great companies to ensure a dependable result. Creating a uniform product means people know what to expect and can rely on a good experience. Southwest Airlines is another example of standardization. Every plane the company … Continue reading

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Order On The Court

In many areas of the U.S., outdoor sports facilities, including basketball courts and tennis courts in parks, can remain open year-round. The rest of us, well, we’re not so lucky. And in those areas, municipal workers are prepping their courts for the winter hibernation. The good news is that this is a great time to requisition supplies for next year, and budget for repairs and improvements. After all, the first time a spring breeze whispers by, players will be anxious … Continue reading

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An Outpouring Of Opportunities

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When the Stark County Park District in Canton, Ohio, in creating a Countywide Trail and Greenway Plan to expand its park system, built a 300-mile network of recreational trails, it could not have foreseen that preserving and restoring flood plains would become a valuable strategy in reaching its goals. But such has been the case. In the last 8 years, the district—which serves 375,000 rural and urban residents 1 hour south of Cleveland—has become the “go-to” agency for removal of … Continue reading

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Backpack Sprayers

Photo Courtesy Of Andrew Greess

Many parks and recreation professionals use some type of manual backpack sprayer for weed control, fertilization, watering, etc. To ensure maintenance crews are getting the maximum results and value from a backpack, here are some suggestions to optimize your investment: Start With The Proper Equipment  Select a quality product that can stand up to long hours, harsh chemicals, and rough treatment. Pay particular attention to the spray wand and the pump mechanism. The best spray wands are made of brass, … Continue reading

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