October 2014

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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18 SportsTurf | October 2014 Field Science and finally another 21-3-7 granular in early December. A shot of PCNB before the first major snow fall had us prepared for winter and the establishment of some good root mass. Excellent color remained in the turf until time for the January STMA conference in Daytona Beach. Colder weather in February brought the plant dormant, but when the weather broke in March, we were thrilled with the root establishment, and set out to get the plant roaring out of the gate. We hit the turf with a 5-28-0 to get the phosphorous going for root growth, and introduced a bio-nutritional program (mycorrhizae & humates) to get beneficial microbes into the soil profile, especially after the total fumigation in the fall. Typically divergent Midwestern spring weather brought the bluegrass into full bloom by early May, and the players and public were awestruck by the continu- ity and eye pleasing beauty of a new palette of great looking turf. There are no shortcuts when it comes to the work and cost involved in baseball field renovation. But with the proper pre-planning, contractor and sod selec- tion, and due diligence in on-going cultural practices, a well-done renovation provides the kind of safe playing surface and intrinsic beauty that should be the goal of every sports turf manager. ■ Keith Winter is head groundskeeper for the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

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