Category Archives: November 2007

… And Surface For All

Imagine the look on a child’s face when he or she is able to actually play a game on a reasonable surface. The hard-to-negotiate turf has disappeared, and the fear of falling on concrete has vanished. The only thing left to trip on is pride when accepting a compliment for a perfect throw or a long, fly ball. International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) membership company, TotTurf, a national company based in Phoenix, Ariz., has a new reason to be … Continue reading

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From The Ground Up

Tennis has been around since ancient times, but your tennis courts don’t have to look like they it. If courts suffer from sagging fences, cracked surfaces and torn nets, it is time for a makeover. Before the maintenance department gears up for one more round of cleaning, filling, fixing and resurfacing the courts in the spring, create a list of priorities that will help turn a crumbling facility into a smooth project. Are you trying to buy some time before … Continue reading

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Putting Turf To Bed For Winter

By the time you read this article, the campers will be gone, the golfers will be few, and most school fall sports will be winding down. Although it may be tempting to close up shop for the winter without a second glance, now is the time to think about how to make turfgrass areas ready for the rigors of next year’s traffic, weather and overuse. Take note of individual problem areas. Is it something that can be fixed as simply … Continue reading

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Camp Organic

The smell of freshly made Peace Coffee, a locally distributed organic fair-trade coffee, fills the room. Organic chocolate chip cookies with no-hydrogenated oils await eager little hands. Grandparents, with grandchildren in tow, proceed to their chairs to find used folders, which are to be decorated with leftover craft materials to make them re-usable for holding all of the information they will gather during the week. And so begins each day of Camp Organic, a program designed to encourage closer bonds … Continue reading

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The Crown Jewel

Collecting awards is easy for the Village of Woodbury, a new residential community in Irvine, Calif., designed and developed by the Irvine Community Development Company. Voted “Best Master-Planned Community of the Year” in 2006 by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), it is one of four major awards for the village. One of the NAHB judges remarked it was “refreshing to find a community where asphalt isn’t the main amenity; where residents are only five minutes maximum from a … Continue reading

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