Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 13

BUILDINGS & GROUNDS

With Irrigation:

GREEN = SAFER
By Dr. Eric Lyons
Article originally printed in Sports
Turf Manager magazine, vol. 30,
no. 3, Autumn 2017

S

ports turf managers have
one very important goal:
creating safe accessible
sports field for our communities and children. To
do this, proper mowing
and fertility are a must
and with the adoption of pesticide restrictions in many municipalities there has
become a greater reliance on overseeding and irrigation. Irrigation can maintain
growth and with proper mowing, fertility and overseeding can result in much
better turfgrass stands. One issue with
irrigation is often when the sports fields
need it most, access to our irrigation systems is inhibited due to restrictions on
non-essential water use to preserve water
resources. Recently, a paper published
by researchers at the GTI addressed the
impact on water restrictions on field
hardness and potential safety (Chang
et al. 2017).
Water is an important resource for
every community and should be used

properly to assure proper conditions for
turfgrass growth and conservation of the
resource. For most Kentucky bluegrass
sports fields on soil, watering once a
week is more than sufficient to maintain good turfgrass growth. In addition,
watering less often allows for a potential
rainfall to occur, thus reducing the need
for supplemental watering. Watering
once a week at a higher rate than you
would water on a more frequent basis
also allows for water to be deeper in the
soil profile, encouraging deeper rooting
and less need for irrigation during times
of drought. On sand-based sports fields,
watering frequency may be more frequent than once a week but still should
be as infrequent as possibly for the reasons listed above.
One issue with turfgrass fertilization
and irrigation is that it is often believed
that the reasons for fertilizing or irrigating are cosmetic in nature. Those of us
managing sports fields know that green
turf is growing turf and that means it is

Figure 1. Sports fields at the GTI beginning
to show the signs of drought having both
brown and green areas of turfgrass.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Spring 2018

Safe Ice Resurfacer Operations Online
Addressing Violence & Harassment in Recreational Facilities
Combatting Workplace Violence & Harassment: Four Tips for Employers
With Irrigation: Green = Safer
AODA for the Facility Manager
Truth, Reconciliation, Cemeteries
ORFA Professional Designations
Aquatics and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Energy Champion – The Engine to Excel
ORFA Awards & Recognition
Emergency Evacuations
Recreation Facilities Asset Management (RFAM)
Member Profile – Terry Vachon, General Manager Parks, Culture and Recreation, Clearview Township
Annual Professional Development & EXPO
FACTS: Arena Figure Skating Accident Claim Study
A Post Mortem of a Community’s Declared Recreation Facilities Emergency
Bump Testing Ammonia Sensors
Index of Advertisers
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Intro
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - cover1
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - cover2
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 3
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 4
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 5
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 6
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Safe Ice Resurfacer Operations Online
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Addressing Violence & Harassment in Recreational Facilities
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 9
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 10
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Combatting Workplace Violence & Harassment: Four Tips for Employers
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 12
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - With Irrigation: Green = Safer
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 14
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 15
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - AODA for the Facility Manager
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 17
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Truth, Reconciliation, Cemeteries
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 19
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - ORFA Professional Designations
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 21
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 22
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Aquatics and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 24
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Energy Champion – The Engine to Excel
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 26
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 27
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - ORFA Awards & Recognition
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Emergency Evacuations
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Recreation Facilities Asset Management (RFAM)
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 31
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 32
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Member Profile – Terry Vachon, General Manager Parks, Culture and Recreation, Clearview Township
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 34
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 35
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Annual Professional Development & EXPO
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - FACTS: Arena Figure Skating Accident Claim Study
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - A Post Mortem of a Community’s Declared Recreation Facilities Emergency
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 39
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 40
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 41
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 42
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Bump Testing Ammonia Sensors
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 44
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 45
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Index of Advertisers
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - cover3
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - cover4
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - outsert1
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Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - outsert3
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