Thursday, December 18, 2014

Senator Hill Wants to Ban Certain Artificial Turf

In case you missed it, it looks like Senator Jerry Hill wants to push a bill to place a moratorium on synthetic turf installations and the school and park level.  Senate Bill 47, The Children's Safe Playground and Turf Field Act of 2015 is intended to further study infill materials to ensure that they are safe for students and athletes.  Stay tuned to the SmartTurf Blog as we will monitor this bill.


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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Monday, December 15, 2014

South Bend Cubs - Four Winds Field - From Synthetic Turf to Natural Grass

Last week, I made a site visit to Four Winds Field the home of the South Bend Cubs.  The playing surface is new after the FieldTurf playing surface was removed after 4 years.  Why?  It was a play by the team to lure a new Major League affiliate and the fact that owner Andrew Berlin believes baseball is to be played on natural grass.

Here is a "before" photo of the playing surface:

Photo courtesy - South Bend Silverhawks

Here are a few "after" photos of the playing surface:





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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Baseball and Softball Warning Tracks - Are They Necessary?

That is a question I get many times at the high school and park and rec level.  For safety reasons, warning tracks are always a good idea.  Another aspect to consider is, "Can I Maintain a Warning Track?"

First of all let's look a proper basic warning track installation:


Another aspect is maintenance.  If you do not drag your warning track as frequently as your infield your track will soon look like this:


Another trick is to apply Sureguard to the track.  To learn more about this, click HERE.

Warning tracks add a good look and a safety feature to a baseball/softball field, but careful consideration should be taken to determine if the level of maintenance can support the track.

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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Tricks of the Trade - Mat for Pitchers Mound or Pitchers Area

Another trick of the trade.  In this post we go to the baseball field at IPFW.  They place a mat down the slope of the mound before placing the tarp.  Why?  This allows for the tarp to be removed for batting practice, etc while still keeping the mound clay moist.  Also, a basic pitchers fielding practice can take place on top of the carpet while not causing damage to the clay area.  This also works well in front of a softball pitchers rubber.


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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Friday, December 5, 2014

Indiana Green Expo - Just Around the Corner

As many turf professionals know, the Indiana Green Expo is just around the corner.  This year the event takes place Jan 21-23, 2015 at the Indiana Convention Center.  There is a sports turf specific track with a host of great speakers and topics.  Also, the Athletic Field of the Year award will be presented as part of the MRTF Green Awards.  Please mark your calendar to attend this great event.  Proceeds from the event goes to the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation.   The MRTF's mission is to support turfgrass research at Purdue University.


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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer










Monday, December 1, 2014

Snow Mold Preventative Applications - Make the Application This Week

As the month of December begins, snow mold applications are due.  In fact, with the cooler fall, some grounds managers have already applied preventative applications for snow mold.


A turf manager has two different types of snow mold to worry about.  Gray snow mold and pink snow mold.

Gray snow mold can be expected after 40-60 days of snow cover.  To be honest, this is not much of a concern to turf managers unless you reside in MN, northern MI, northern NY, etc.  To learn more about gray snow mold, click HERE to see a publication from Dr. Rick Latin at Purdue University.

Pink snow mold occurs at a greater rate across the US.  Why?  Snow cover is not necessary for pink snow mold infestation.  To learn more about pink snow mold, click HERE to see a publication from Dr. Rick Latin at Purdue University.

Also, HERE is a great recap of the 2013-14 damage from Dr Latin.

Bottom line, if you are concerned about snow mold, and you manage a stand of turf that cannot be exposed to damage, a preventative application of a turf fungicide may be warranted.

Photo credit - Sports Illustrated

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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Monday, November 24, 2014

Installing Infield Mixes and Warning Track Materials in Cold Weather

I have received a number of calls the last couple weeks in regards to installing infield materials in cold weather.  Bottom line is the following:


  • DO NOT install infield mixes or warning track materials over frozen sub bases.
  • Only install infield mixes and warning track materials over sub bases that consist of at least 95% compaction.

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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer