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%
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.
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!
Co-founder and partner of J&D Turf. A sportsturf junkie, I cut my teeth at Victory Field with the Indianapolis Indians maintaining the playing surface at what has been dubbed "The Best Minor League Ballpark in America." From intern, to assistant to head groundskeeper over 10 seasons, I was director of operations for the team before realizing sportsturf was my passion, baseball was merely the game.
My bachelor’s degree in sports management from Marian University and a degree in turfgrass science from Purdue University serve as the initial credibility with clients ranging from university to K-12 administrators, parks and rec officials, and maintenance crews to my friends with their own fields in the Major Leagues.
The "Smart Turf" blog is my way of sharing my experiences as consultant, groundskeeper and business owner with the larger sportsturf community. There was a day early in my career that I'd joke that I live to make tall grass short. Given the expanding horizon of this profession over the last decade, I've come to realize and respect it as much more.