Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tricks of the Trade - Installing a Quick Coupler for Softball Infields


I made a recent visit to Southeastern University SoftballThis field was constructed in 2013 by J&D Turf.  While on site I took a quick photo of the quick coupler we installed during the construction.  The 1 1/2 inch quick coupler provides a water source for the infield using either an irrigation head or a one inch hose.  A simple and easy way to keep the infield properly hydrated.





This allows for proper moisture content of the infield playing surface for practices and games.  Controlling moisture is a the most critical component to the proper maintenance/maintaining proper playability of baseball and softball infields.

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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

#LifeOnTheRoad - Simple Shade Structure

This is another post in a periodic series entitled #LifeOnTheRoad.  The background is simple.  During my travels I  encounter many grounds managers/coaches doing great things.  Because of this, I have started this series.  The goal - expose more grounds managers, coaches, architects, etc to areas of facility and sports turf maintenance that may be implemented to their facility/design.

This past week I had an opportunity to visit the Miss Softball Complex in Sarasota, FL.  All 6 fields at the complex have native Florida infield mix.  All 6 infields have had the mix amended with FieldSaver90 from DuraEdge.  While on site to walk the infields I saw a nice and basic shade structure. 







I’m sure the fans appreciate this structure during the hot and sunny summer conditions.

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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Do Not Layer Infield Mixes - Always Till Infield Mixes

Infield mixes should never be layered.  How do you avoid this?  Simply till the new material into the old material when adding new material.  Below is a photo of a layered infield.  As you can see, the infield is failing and separating in the area where the new material meets the old material.  Simply till this infield and the problem will be solved.






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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Thursday, January 14, 2016

#TheLast5% - Mowing Lines


This post is the the first of many titled - “#TheLast5%”  These posts are designed to illustrate how a grounds manager/coach/etc. can make his or her facility shine by completing the last 5% of playing surface/facility maintenance.  
Today we are looking at the basics of mowing lines/patterns.  Clean, crisp, and straight lines using a mower with sharp blades (think sharpen or back lap every week) makes a facility look better.  A simple step, but a easy way, to make #TheLast5% look great for the coaches, players and fans.  Below are photos of 2 facilities in Florida.  Both had good overseeded bermudagrass surfaces.  The first field has not been cut in a straight lines.  The second field was cut in straight lines.  What a difference a little thing like a mowing line can do to complete #TheLast5%




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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

#LifeOnTheRoad - Tricks of the Trade - Tarp Nails


This is another post in a periodic series entitled #LifeOnTheRoad.  The background is simple.  During my travels I  encounter many grounds managers/coaches doing great things.  Because of this, I have started this series.  The goal - expose more grounds managers, coaches, architects, etc to areas of facility and sports turf maintenance that may be implemented to their facility/design.
During my travels to Citi Field (New York, NY) and Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, CA) over the last couple months I observed an easy and effective way to nail down tarps.  Simply use survey nails.  The yellow plastic top makes it easy to find as well.




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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Monday, January 4, 2016

Indiana Green Expo - January 6-8, 2016

Are you reading this blog from a location in the Midwest?  If so, consider attending the Indiana Green Expo.  This year's event runs from January 6-8, 2016.  The sports turf educational aspect of the event is strong.

Also, please visit the J&D Turf booth on the tradeshow floor on Thursday or Friday.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer


Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 Year in Review Video

Happy New Year!  Thanks to all of our friends and clients for a great 2015.  HERE is the 2015 Year in Review video.



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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer