Category Archives: Maintenance Matters

Pre-Fall Prep Time

I bet you’re sweating right now, thinking about how to create a little shade and protect your grass from turning crispy. But August is the last hurrah of summer, and before you know it, the nights are going to start turning cooler. Fall can sneak up on you, so now’s the time to make a plan for the next season. With turf that has taken a pounding all summer, start making a recovery plan. For Virginia Tech, a change of … Continue reading

Posted in Maintenance Matters, Parks and Rec Business, September 2009 | Leave a comment

The Balancing Act

What does the 2009 landscaping budget look like? If it’s anything like mine, things are a bit tight but, like many others, I never really had a huge budget to begin with. Managing smaller budgets can be tough, but there are plenty of ways to make sure that turf receives proper care and maintenance without breaking the bank. This month, I’ll let you in on a few of my secrets to balancing the needs of turf with the budget. Mowers … Continue reading

Posted in July 2009, Maintenance Matters, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

All Eyes On You

Summertime can present a unique set of obstacles for turf and playing fields. Particularly for public parks and recreational areas, summer is the time when these fields experience the most wear, use and stress. If you’ve waited until now to do field maintenance, I’m sorry to inform you that the best defense is a good offense. The best way to combat summer stress is proper maintenance year-round. The summer months should be a time to step back and analyze your … Continue reading

Posted in Maintenance Matters, May 2009, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Protecting The Great American Pastime

Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Jackie Robinson–you know their names, but do you know who maintained their fields? Personally, and I may be a bit biased, I believe that a good–and safe–baseball game requires not only athletic players, but also properly manicured fields. This month, I’m outlining a few steps to help you maintain any baseball field–whether it’s used by varsity players or YMCAers. Every field has its own set of unique conditions, but following these key steps will pave … Continue reading

Posted in Insider Access, Maintenance Matters, May 2009, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Multi-Use Sports Field Maintenance

Field maintenance is fairly straightforward–aerate the fields, fertilize, apply extra seed or sod when necessary. Well, not so much. As you probably know from personal experience, how you use each field determines its maintenance program. But unless you run a pro-football stadium, fields often will host multiple sports or events, opening the door for uneven wear and stress on the turf. Multi-use fields can be rather difficult to maintain because of the varying wear patterns, weather conditions and other stressful … Continue reading

Posted in February 2009, Maintenance Matters, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment