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are deployed on the baseball and
softball facilities.
" We are heavy into parks in the
city of Hastings, " Brown says, " but
we don't aerify there with the same
regularity. It's the sports fields that
get pounded and if we don't aerify,
the rootzone will get compacted. "
Prong 2: Water
Management
The most disruptive thing any athletic
field manager does, short of
reconstruction or resodding, is irrigation.
Brown and the Hastings
crew make use of those four morning
hours as best they can. They
irrigate after hours. But there is not
enough time in between all these
games and practices to get all those
acres of turf the water they need.
" You can only water so much,
but the Moisture Manager helps me
get through those hot spells, those
100-degree days, " Brown says.
LESCO Moisture
Manager's
technology, called Hydretain, is a
hygroscopic humectant, the sort
of ingredient commonly used to
retain moisture in things like toothpaste,
gum and cosmetic products.
Applied in liquid form, as part of
a spray regimen, the product coats
soil particles and plant roots. In
doing so, it attracts to those roots
moisture already present in the soil
profile - moisture in the form of
water vapor or humidity that would
otherwise be lost to evaporation.
" I used to water the fields every
day, but now it's every other day.
With our scheduling issues, that
makes a huge difference. "
Hastings has not experienced any
water rationing. Not yet anyway.
But Brown recognizes
that
this
technology allows him to use far
less water at his athletic properties
Moisture Manager technology is used
to help irrigate the turf in between
athletic games and practices.
- something he reckons is relevant
to all those park superintendents
where water is being rationed or
has become inordinately expensive.
Prong 3: Cultivar Choices
When Brown arrived in Hastings
26 years ago, all the city-managed
fields were
ryegrass. Slowly but
surely, through diligent overseeding,
he has sifted in more durable
varieties of bluegrass. Without that
long-term effort, Brown doesn't
think his facilities would be able to
handle all the wear and tear.
" Seems like I'm always going
with the darker blues. I started with
Midnight Eclipse, but I switched to
Appalachian and Rock Star.
I've
worked a lot of bluegrass in there
basically by constantly overseeding
- three to four times a year. But...I
really like the color, as well. That
won't last without the aerification,
or the Moisture Manager, all the
best practices we try to follow. But
the bluegrass really is nice looking.
And it can take the pounding. "
Duncan Field takes the biggest
pounding. It's also the jewel in the
crown, so far as Brown is concerned.
" It's a legitimate major league
baseball diamond, 405 [feet] to
center and 380 [feet] down each
line. And it's got a great history
unto itself: Yogi Berra played here!
We have a board that lists everyone
who ever hit a home run here. The
aluminum bats have skewed that
just a bit. But still, " Brown says.
" It's pretty mindboggling that
so many tournaments have been
held here and continue to be held
here - at the softball complex, too.
We're a little out of the way...but
the community is proud of that history,
and we do all we can to keep it
going. "
Hal Phillips is Managing Director of Mandarin
Media (hphillips@mandarinmedia.net).
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