Category Archives: Grounds + Sports Turf

Knowledge Is Power; Share Your Knowledge on Field Maintenance

Sports field maintenance is hard work, but the rewards are awesome.

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Keeping sports turf safe, playable and looking good is a lot like playing golf; you can do things right 99 percent of the time but one little error and (in golf) the ball will go astray and (in maintenance) the fields will look as if you weren’t really trying. To make it more difficult, your patrons are bombarded with images of lightly trafficked, big budget, well maintained college and professional fields and often assume their local fields should look the … Continue reading

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Blending With The Neighborhood

Foothill College's new and award-winning softball field. Photos Courtesy Verde Design, Inc.

Sometimes, the biggest concern is not keeping up with the neighbors–it’s keeping a profile so low they barely know you’re there. When Verde Design Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., began designing a new softball stadium for Foothill College, the facility needed not only to satisfy the requirements of the college and NCAA but to work for the surrounding community in Los Altos Hills. “The neighborhood association and adjoining properties wanted to keep the status quo of the former field as … Continue reading

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Make Filter Media Last

How often should you backwash your pool's filter? Hawthorne Gospel Church, Hawthorne, NJ

Like any other pool component, filter media must be maintained to ensure a long and productive life. But what exactly does that mean? Are pool operators doing what is expected to stretch every dollar to capacity? Take a look at the recommendations below for backwashing and cleaning a cartridge filter properly. How often should a filter be backwashed? Backwashing is defined as the process of cleaning a swimming-pool filter by reversing the flow of water through the filter. Only sand … Continue reading

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Welcome To Downers Grove

Golfers have been enjoying the course for 120 years.

Scotland is known as the birthplace of golf because it is believed the sport was first played there in 1774. However, the game was not introduced to North America until the late 19th century. In fact, one might be surprised to learn the nation’s first 18-hole golf course was built in Downers Grove, Ill. The legendary Chicago Golf Club was established in 1892 by a group of businessmen on the site of the current Downers Grove Golf Club. The founding … Continue reading

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Going Green On The Rooftop!

The green roof at the Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens in Rockford, Ill., provides beauty and sustainability.

Visitors to Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens in Rockford, Ill., have been seeing plenty of green—not on the ground—but on the roof. Construction of a 4,300-square-foot green-roof garden at the conservatory began in July 2012 and was completed in August 2012. A viewing deck, which can accommodate 20 to 30 people, opened to the public during select hours beginning in the latter month. The green roof is the first project of its kind in the park district. The LiveRoof hybrid green-roof … Continue reading

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