Turf’s Up!
September 14, 2011

MomentumMedia, publishers of Athletic Management, Coaching Management, and Training & Conditioning, together with the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) are pleased to provide you with this newsletter containing the latest news on turfgrass maintenance and information on the STMA Conference and Exhibition in Long Beach, Calif.


Turf’s up! STMA Heads to the Pacific Coast
STMA members and green industry professionals from around the world will look to seize opportunity as they head west to the 2012 STMA Conference and Exhibition in Long Beach, Calif., Jan. 10-14, 2012. There will be a comprehensive educational program with more than 90 hours of education and taught by respected academics and experienced peers. Combine these presentations with hands-on learning opportunities, special networking venues and dedicated tradeshow hours to see the best new products and services in the industry and you will be immersed in a learning experience that will help you lead your organization to the next level. There is no other conference that offers this concentration of applied industry research, best management practices and real solutions to sports field managers.

Topdressing for Healthy Turf
Topdressing plays a critical role in the playability and safety of your athletic field surfaces! So why then is this agronomic practice so widely ignored? It likely boils down to administrators not understanding how critical topdressing is to healthy turf.

Lease vs. Buy
Deciding if you are going to lease or buy equipment depends on your situation. In general, leasing is more appropriate for businesses with limited capital or need equipment upgrades every few years. Buying equipment is more common for well established businesses or for equipment that has a long usable life. Each situation is unique and the decision to buy or lease depends on each case.

The STMA Collection of ASTM Standards for Athletic Fields
ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world. It has become a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems and services, and it guides design, manufacturing and trade in the global economy.

Sport Field Painting Tips
Straight lines, crisp numbers, and clear markings on your field can set your field apart. Using the right equipment, with good application techniques and quality paint, your field’s aesthetic appearance and playing conditions can be greatly enhanced. Poor quality paint applied repeatedly on a field will lead to turfgrass die-back, which will impact player footing and safety. Field markings establish the parameters by which the game is played and poorly applied field markings can impact the quality and even the outcome of the game.

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