Thursday, January 19, 2017

J&D Turf - Hiring for the SmartTurf Crew - Job Posting

Do you want to join the J&D Turf team?  Here is a opportunity as J&D Turf is currently accepting resumes for the position listed below.

Job Title: Field Technician

About Us
J&D Turf is a full service sports turf consulting, construction, renovation, maintenance, and distribution firm located in Indianapolis, Indiana.  J&D Turf is uniquely positioned to service the sports turf industry throughout the Midwest.  We are interested in hiring a new field technician for our growing sports turf division.  We are looking for candidates who are passionate about the sports turf industry, hardworking and eager to learn new skills in the field.

Education and Experience:
·       Associates degree in Sports Turf Management, Golf Course Management, or related field of study
·       Two years related experience or
·       Equivalent combination of education and experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
·       Ability to perform mound, plate, and infield skin construction and renovation on softball and baseball diamonds
·       Ability to aerify, topdress, and seed both new and existing turf
·       Ability to spread granular fertilizer and perform liquid spray applications
·       Ability to learn in both direct and self-guided manors. Must be able to quickly master field construction and laser grading techniques.
·       Ability to complete physical labor and activities for up to 12 hours daily
·       Ability to professionally interact with customers on site
·       Knowledge of safe operational practices for both field and warehouse equipment
·       Working knowledge of the turfgrass sciences
·       Strong verbal and written communication skills
·       Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. Specifically Word and Excel.
·       Time management skills

·       Assist field chief in daily activities at same or separate job sites
·       Keep daily records of work performed
·       Load and unload trailers used at jobsites daily
·       Maintain and service field and warehouse equipment
·       Keep records of maintenance and service on equipment
·       Communicate with entire organization via e-mail
·       Successfully perform all tasks listed in project calculators

Job Expectations:
·       Willingness to travel long distances and work  long hours in various weather conditions at the discretion of your supervisor
·       Ability to work on weekends and stay over night at job-sites when necessary
·       Obtain and maintain Indiana Pesticide Business License Category 3b (certified applicator in turf pest control) *paid for by J&D Turf
·       Class A CDL license or
·       Valid driver’s license, good driving record and ability to obtain an Indiana Class A CDL license *paid for by J&D Turf

To apply:
Please send a letter of interest, resume, and name and contact information of three (3) references to :  Michelle Hancock
Annual compensation $ 35,000 - $ 45,000/Yr
High Deductible Health Plan
Health Savings Account

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Tricks of the Trade - Stainless Steel Eyelets for Backstop Netting

Looking to install a new backstop netting system?  Ensure that your installer is using stainless steel eyelets.  #NeverRust

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Do I Need a Backstop Wall for My New Netting Project?

Below is a photo from Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, IN.  As you can see, there is no backstop wall.  This could save $10,000 or more to a backstop renovation project.  Does a brick/block wall provide that much value?

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Most Viewed Blog Post of 2016 - #1 - A Great Mixture to Keep Weeds Out of Infields and Tracks

Well, here it is, the most viewed blog post of 2016 is:

#1 -A Great Mixture to Keep Weeds Out of Infields and Tracks. 

Thanks again for a great 2016.  Looking forward to 2017!  Cheers!

With summer now upon us, many high school playing surfaces are winding down from spring play, now crabgrass, goosegrass, and other unwanted growth will appear.

How do you control this issue?  See below:

A simple mixture of Glyphosate in a 2% solution and SureGuard at 3 teaspoons per 1000 sq ft. So, in a 3 gallon spray hand can, 7.68 ounces of Glyphosate and 9 teaspoons of SureGuard. The tank will cover 3,000 sq ft. How well does it work? The photos below are from the warning track at Brebeuf High School. The track was sprayed in March.

Note the weeds along the track edge. This is due to the application. As many of you know, Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide, meaning it will kill anything it touches. So, be careful along all grass edges. Finally, to get better control, try not the work the infield/track up as this will break the Sureguard barrier.

To learn more about Glyphosate, click HERE.

To learn more about Sureguard, click HERE.

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Most Viewed Blog Posts of 2016 - #2 - Wheels on Soccer Goals

As we wrap up 2016 and look forward to 2017, let's look at the most viewed posts from 2016.

At #2 - Wheels on Soccer Goals

A quick post from Covenant Christian High School . Andy Gossel and his staff do a great job to provide some of the best baseball and soccer surfaces in the state of Indiana.  One of Andy's tricks is that all the soccer goals at CCHS are on wheels. After practice all the goals are moved off the field, and during practices the goals are moved to alleviate turf wear in the goalie box.

Notice the locations of the goals on the photos.  Yes, CCHS practices boys soccer on the baseball outfield with great success.  Bottom line, natural grass can take a tremendous amount of traffic if the field is under a great management program and traffic is rotated.

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Most Viewed Blog Posts of 2016 - #3 - Do Not Layer Infield Mixes

As we wrap up 2016 and look forward to 2017, let's look back at the most viewed blog posts from 2016.

#3 - Do Not Layer Infield Mixes

This week I was at a high school that was have issues with their infield.  I asked the AD if he new what type of material he was using.  He said he didn't but he paid a contractor to add infield mix to his field a year or two ago, so we dug a hole to take a look.  Here is what we found:

Needless to say the layering is causing an issue as well as using an infield mix that is high in silt and fine sand.  Click HERE to see an earlier post on layering infield mixes.

Click HERE to see how to add infield mix to an existing infield.

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Most Viewed Blog Posts of 2016 - #4 - Building a Set of Base Anchors

As 2016 comes to a close and 2017 begins, let's continue the look back at the most viewed blog posts of 2016.

#4 - Building a Set of Base Anchors

Building a set of base anchors is a task that can be completed by a grounds manager or coach.  Here is a step by step method for building a set of base anchors.

1.  Organize the parts and the tools.  Items needed:

  • Base anchors
  • Duct tape
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Scrap lumber 2x4 
  • Shovel
  • Quikrete
  • Wheelbarrow

2. Cut the scrap lumber into 8-12 inch pieces, and build a simple square form.   Keep in mind that this is not cabinet grade carpentry.  

3.  Tape the bottom of the anchors while mixing the Quikrete.  Using a scrap piece of plywood as a base, place an anchor in each form.  

4.  After the Quikrete cures (no more than 4 hours) remove the forms.  Now, you have a new set of base anchors.

Never use coffee cans. Round anchors have a better likelihood of spinning while in the ground.

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