Supplement Feature - September 2009
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Tackling Turf

Finding the Right Turf Solution for Your Fields

By Emily Tipping

Equip Yourself

According to the STMA, "specialized equipment is necessary to maintain natural turfgrass and synthetic surfaces on sports fields. Trained staff, using the right equipment on a sound maintenance schedule, can positively affect the quality of the playing surface."

Necessary for Your Natural Turf Field:

  • Mower
  • Fertilizer spreader
  • Weed/pest control sprayer
  • Irrigation system
  • Aerator
  • Tractor (to carry or mount equipment and load bulk materials)
  • Paint sprayer
  • Hand tools for working small areas. These might include rakes, shovels, hammers, string trimmer, edger, etc.
  • Additional optional equipment includes core harvester, overseeder, top-dresser, verticutter, deep-tine aerator, truck/utility vehicle, hoses and nozzles, turf sweeper/blower/vaccum (to remove debris), and a skidster.

Necessary for Your Synthetic Turf Field:

  • Grooming/spiking equipment
  • Sprayer (liquid applications will be required to prevent weeds from growing through the synthetic surface. You also might apply wetting agents, sanitation products, etc.)
  • Top-dresser to periodically reapply crumb rubber to the field
  • Utility vehicle
  • Turf sweeper/blower/vacuum (to blow trash like peanut shells off the playing surface)
  • Hand tools
  • Additional optional equipment includes: irrigation system (some facilities apply water to reduce the temp of the playing surface, some manufacturers require irrigation); hoses/nozzles, paint sprayer, mechanical scrubbers (to remove painted lines), rubber-blade snow plow (to remove snow without damaging the surface).