“Obviously with where we are with the drought and everything, we try to get ahead of the game and cut back as much as I can before any restrictions happen. One, so we can do our part. And two, see how much we can cut back at once. We were able to cut down two to three waterings a week for a few months. That adds up.”
— Eric Blanton, groundskeeper for the Reno Aces, the Class AAA affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks. Blanton is dealing with water constrictions due to the drought conditions in the western half of the country. Instead of watering the field every other night, this spring Blanton starting watering the surface every third night.
Source: Sparks (Nevada) Tribune
# OF THE MONTH
54 million — Number of single grass plants used on Wimbledon’s Centre Court. The courts are tournament-ready with requisite firmness two weeks before the championships start and held in limbo. Every day during the tournament, the ground staff mows the courts to maintain the height of the grass at exactly 0.8 centimeters and marks out the lines.
MLB Cathedrals @MLBcathedrals
AstroTurf replaced real grass at the Astrodome in 1966, but not all at once. For awhile it had a turf IF and grass OF.
*MLB Cathedrals is a photo history account of everything about Major League Baseball ballparks, past and present.
Sporting News @sportingnews
Andrew McCutchen helped save a groundskeeper during a storm, then got robbed of a homer.
UNC Sports Turf @Tar_Heels_Turf
A little top dressing for Navy and Kenan this morning.
*UNC Sports Turf is the Twitter account for the field crews at the University of North Carolina
Matt Giese | @TurfGrassGiese
Matt Giese is the Midwest technical field manager for turfgrass at Syngenta.
He tweets about various turfgrass maladies, health issues and solutions as well as some golf course issues. We found his tweets to be insightful, and almost every one has a picture to go with it.
Tweet we liked: “This is poa. This is poa on paclobutrazol. Don’t be like poa.” #gieseonthegreen