Problem Solver - August 2009
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Maintaining Your Sports Fields

Some parks and schools just let players loose on their baseball, football and soccer fields, but if you want to ensure the best action for players, coaches and fans alike, a little maintenance can go a long way. Unfortunately, it can be tough to find the staff and fund the equipment needed to keep your fields in top playing shape. Luckily there are solutions to help you get things done efficiently and quickly.

Q: We know we need to mow the grass, but what else is necessary to maintain our athletic fields?

A: In addition to keeping grass mowed to the right height, you likely will need to paint lines for different games, manage your turf through proper aeration, occasionally feed your grass and apply products to prevent problems, such as herbicides and pesticides.

But you don't need a separate mower, line painter and sprayer for all of these different tasks. You can find a single solution that will meet all your athletic field maintenance needs in a machine that features a variety of attachments. It's customizable, so you can add what you need to keep your fields in excellent condition.

Q: We don't have the budget to maintain the staff needed to handle all of these tasks. Is there a solution that will help us get more done with fewer resources?

A: An all-in-one field maintenance machine can handle all of your field grooming tasks, whether you have a single field, 10 fields or 100 fields. Just a single operator with one machine can do all the tasks on a single field.

These self-propelled riding units can apply dry lines, wet, lines, groom, paint, condition and spray. And even better, they can handle multiple tasks at the same time, so your staff won't have to waste time going back over the field again and again. Need to cut and paint a line? You can do both at once easily.

Q: We have synthetic turf fields, and are not sure what we need to do to keep them in good shape for play. What maintenance is required?

A: Synthetic turf fields have needs of their own. Often billed as practically maintenance-free, they don't require as much day-to-day maintenance as natural turf, but they do need some attention. Debris will need to be swept or removed from the field, the infill will need to be maintained, and you may need to paint and remove lines if different games are played on your field. In addition, some field owners spray on antimicrobial products and disinfectants.

Just as with natural turf fields, you can find an all-in-one grooming machine to handle all of these tasks on your synthetic turf field. It removes field markings, grooms, paints, conditions and sprays liquid. In just a few hours, a single operator will be able to convert your field from baseball to football.

A rear-mounted hitch will enable you to add implements to expand what you can do. Optional features like an end zone remover, an extra tank for more capacity and options to paint logos will spruce up your synthetic turf fields.

Q: What else should we consider?

A: When one person is doing all the work, you want to ensure that your machine eases their job. Look for products that provide comfort for the driver too, with an adjustable, padded seat back and conveniently placed operator controls.

A hydrostatic transmission with single-pedal operation will allow the operator to go backward or forward without shifting gears. This both reduces fatigue and allows for more accurate painting under all conditions.

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