Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Core Sample Can Tell a Story - Part 1

Pulling regular core samples off a playing surface can help with maintenance and assist in telling a story in regards to a natural grass playing surface.  Below are two samples from the same field.  Why are there differences?



The answer and an explanation will be posted tomorrow.

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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Sunday, August 17, 2014

New Bermudagrass - Fountain Central High School

As many of you know, this past winter was very harsh on bermudagrass.   Fountain Central High School needed to re-seed their football field with Riviera bermudagrass.  Here is what the field looked like on June 28, 2014:


Here is what the field looked like on August 14, 2014:






The field was reseeded on June 1.  Even with the coolest July on record, there was no problem re-establishing this playing surface.

How was this accomplished?  A little fertilizer, topdressing, irrigation, frequent mowing, and attention to detail.

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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Monday, August 11, 2014

2014 - Riviera Bermudagrass Seeding - The Earlier the Better

This summer has been extremely cool and wet across the midwest.  This has effected Riviera bermudagrass seeding.  To what extent?  See below:

The background - the same location (Indianapolis, IN) - one field was seeded on June 1, 2014.  The other field was seeded on July 1, 2014.  Here is how they looked on Aug 10, 2014:

Current soil temp at a 4 inch depth:


Field seeded June 1, 2014:



Field seeded July 1, 2014:



As you can see, the earlier you can seed the better.  Not only is the field seeded June 1 ready for play, the stolons and rhizomes are more mature, thus it has a better chance to survive the winter.  Will the July 1, 2014 field be completely filled in by the first frost?  We will keep an eye on both fields and keep you posted.

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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Infield Mix - It May Be More Than Meets the Eye

I visited a site early this past week.  Here is what the infield looked like on Monday:


The AD stated, "I don't think this is what we are supposed to have?"  I walked around and dug a test hole, here is what I found:




Simply stated, this was a classic bait and switch.  The contractor stated, "We can bring you a professional quality mix at $20 per ton."  What was installed was a course white limestone over a 1/2 inch of expanded shale.  After one year and no play, the course material is surfacing, so the facility has a new infield with "rock" present.

Bottom line, be careful with what you purchase.

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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Installing Corner Markers for a Multi-Use Field

This past week I had the opportunity to install corner markers on a 15 acre sand-based playing surface.  Needless to say, a 15 acre piece of land creates challenges on squaring up a field.  How did we do this?  Simply hiring a surveyor to mark the corners of the playing surface.  The corners were on an autocad doc from the construction documents of this newly constructed surface.  Below is a step by step photo journal of the process:


Corners were marked with a stake as a point of reference and a nail to show the exact location


The marker was placed where the nail once stood and then the marker was hammered into the sand





The finished product

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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Infield Mix Drainage - DO NOT USE GRAVEL/STONE!

At multi-field complexes, drainage along the backstops can be challenging due to elevations of the press box building and bleacher areas of a facility.  There are many ways to design/drain the facility.  One way I would not recommend is using a stone "french" drain as is shown in the photo below:


This drain will move water.  The problem?  The stone will migrate into the infield.  Stone is already present on this infield before the facility hosted its first game.

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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mid July - Keep an Eye Out for Isolated Dry Spots

This past week the weather across the Midwest was cooler than normal with little or no humidity.  It is easy to get caught in the trap to lessen the irrigation during cooler summer periods.  If irrigation in lessened too much isolated dry areas can occur.  I had a coach this week ask me, "What does dry turf look like?"  "How can I tell if I am waiting too long between irrigation cycles?"

So, I decided to take a picture of an isolated dry spot on a field I visited yesterday.  Note - the graying of the turf on the right, this is turf that needs water ASAP.  The turf on the left will need water and a longer period of time to bounce back to an acceptable color.


Bottom line, keep an eye on irrigation scheduling throughout the year, and adjust as necessary.

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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer