In my 19 years as a turfgrass professional, I see one mistake that gets
more schools, colleges, and facilities in serious trouble - DOING NOTHING. To make matters even worse, lawyers know this and
use this to their advantage. I ask you one question: "Can you show me documentation on all the maintenance practices
you have performed as well as the safety issues that you have addressed and corrected in the last 3 years for your grounds
and athletic fields?" The next time you hear this might be from a lawyer.
SPORTS FIELD SERVICES
Seeding- There are many varieties and blends of seeds out there
but are you choosing the right one? Choosing a wrong variety or blend can mean the performance difference between a ferrari
and a Kia. The differences between varities and blends can be so statistically different that Universities throughout
the United States actually evaluate their performance based on color, density, disease and insect resistance, cold hardiness,
winter injury, recovery, and others! What might work in one part of the country could possibly do poorly in another.
Don't throw your money away!
Fertilization and Lime applications- Do you base your applications
soley on soil and tissue tests? If you do here is a scenario that might change your mind. You have two soil samples
that were sent out to a lab to be tested and both come back with acceptable levels of nutrients. Does this mean that you don't
need to fertilize? Lets assume one of the soil tests was your home lawn and one was a professional football field. Would you
treat the the two the same? Of course not! We make fertilization recommendations based on factors such as what your field
is used for, what varieties of grasses you have, what soils you have, how many events the field is used each year, past and
present soil and tissue tests, etc.
Aerifications- Did you know that you could actually cause
more harm(compaction) than good if you aerated when it is too wet? Did you know that you probably only aerate 10 to 15% of
a field each time you aerify? Is this enough? We have several different aerifiers that decompact your field in different
ways. We can aerate your field to remove excessive thatch or we can use our Verti Quake to create continuous drainage channels
across your entire field every 10 inches and everything in between.
Infield Skin Edging and Repairs- We have several different techniques
to help minimize lip build-up on your baseball or softball fields. These techniques are based on how much disruption your
willing to put up with.
New Construction- Choose us and we will help you with the
seven deadly sins of field construction based on William Lawrence's experiences with over 200 different fields!
Pest Control- Do you have weed control application year after
year? If you have 10% of weeds on your fields and you have a weed control application done, did you know that 90% of what
you just paid goes to nothing? Do you open 90% of your windows in your schools in February? Try living with
10% of weeds and channel your limited budget to something that will create a bigger impact on your fields such as aerifying,
Soil and Tissue Tests- How many nutrients are required for
plant growth? How does Iron, Magnesium, and other metals become water soluble? How often should you fertilize?
Safety Recommendations- When you and your coaches walk out
on a field, what exactly do you look at, how do you measure it, and how do you correct it?
Drainage- Will subsurface drainage lines cure poor draining fields
due to improper grades?
Field Playability Issues and Concerns- How fast
do your fields drain in relation to how much rain you recieved? what can you do about it? Are your infield skins consistantly
soaked after a rain?
We have several season programs as well as individual applications
to meet the needs of every budget-from little league fields to professional stadiums. Any of these programs can be customized
and tailored or we can provide a custom season program to fit all your needs and budget. We have season programs that consist
of 2 visits per year to programs consisting of over 20 visits per year!
If you choose one of our season programs, one benefit you will receive is
knowing that at every visit we do a consultation of your sports fields at that time. If we see anything that might
pose a safety hazard or other factors that might influence the outcome of your sports fields in a negative way, we will let
you know-FOR FREE!
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- We have a unique consultation service that provides you with 3 visits
throughout the year rather than one.
- Our consultations can range from insect, disease and weed identification
and control methods as well as strategies for high use areas. We also analyze each site for the proper utilization of
all maintenance practices, the proper selection of turfgrass materials, and the
proper timing of all maintenance practices and turfgrass materials.
We have a safety consultation audit that checks over 75
items for all sports field conditions.
Schools must exercise reasonable care in relation to possible dangers
that can occur under the circumstances that exist at the time.
- Our safety consultations are based on ASTM standards and our item checklist
is a compilation of these two ASTM standards as well as using a common sense approach and subjects of previous lawsuits.
- Our goal is to introduce you to possible safety issues you may have,
help you identify these issues, and provide a possible solution.
- Finally, we must emphasize one important legal aspect of our judicial
system which is, if it was never documented…………it never happened.
We can provide industry standards to construction methods
and materials and provide grow-in programs that's tailored for each specfic project.
We can provide possible solutions for challenges associated
with poor construction and/or maintenance practices.
Due to the fact
that it is nearly impossible to correctly diagnose certain turfgrass conditions, our consulting process requires three visits
for approximately two to three hours per visit. At this time, any questions associated with site specific, sports specific,
or just general turf questions are encouraged.
We also have a one time consultation visit that lasts 3 to 4 hours. This
can be either the safety consultation or a general field condition consultation.