Seems like spring!

Another long winter is winding down. Days are getting longer, weather’s getting warmer and many of us are venturing out of the confines of a months-long hibernation for some sunlight and fresh air. Overall, this winter was mild, compared to most. Much of the country was spared from excessive snow and, surprisingly, temperatures here in Vermont remained above 0 for the majority of the season. While we may have gotten off easy in 2012, I’m still eager to part ways with the winter months, and welcome spring with open arms. Even though (as I write this) we are just entering the final week of February, I’ve already witnessed my annual, (un)official first sign of spring: pitchers and catchers have reported to MLB spring training. This excites me as a baseball fan eager for my favorite game to resume, and also because it’s a sure sign that summer is just around the corner. For many of you, springtime is your busiest time of year, as you scramble to prep your fields for many months of heavy use. In this issue, you’ll find some great info on prepping for the summer season. We’ll take a look at spring turf diseases (page 24) and share some tips on spring renovation projects, including mound construction and infield grading (page 20).

Mike Trigg (left), superintendent of parks, Waukegan Park District, the 2011 recipient, presents The Dick Ericson Founders Award to 2012 recipient Darian Daily, head groundskeeper for Paul Brown Stadium.

Another successful show

Reports are in on the 23rd annual Sports Turf Managers Association Conference and Exhibition, held January 10-14 in Long Beach, Calif., and by all accounts the show was a huge success. The five-day event featured more than 70 educational sessions, two off-site tours and 150-plus exhibitors. There were 993 registered attendees (up 9.4 percent from last year), as well as hundreds of exhibit personnel and other participants. For a full wrap-up of all of the highlights, events and awards presented at the show, visit our website,

Katie Meyers