SportsTurf

June 2017

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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36 SportsTurf | June 2017 www.sportsturfonline.com John Mascaro is President of Turf-Tec International BACKGROUND ILLUSTRATION COURTESY OF ISTOCKPHOTO.COM John Mascaro is President of Turf-Tec International This high school multipurpose fi eld in Colorado is a natural grass turf reinforced with artifi cial fi bers. In this part of the country, wild Canadian geese tend to fl ock to this area from December to March. Even though the turf system works well for wear, for some unknown reason the geese also love to congregate on this type of fi eld. The Sports Turf Manager is unsure if it's because they like the sand that was used in the seedbed or if they are after the grass roots in this hybrid turf system. With large amounts of geese feeding, also comes large amounts of goose droppings. When I visited this fi eld on the 2015 STMA Tour on Wheels, the fi eld had received a full winters worth of goose poop. The Sports Turf Manager had taken out the steel drag shown in the photo in order to break up the dropping and then blow them off the fi eld for our tour group. However, recent snow melt caused additional moisture on the turf, making the drag mat look like this and the goose dropping removal process unsuccessful. The following year the facility purchased a turf sweeper, which does a much more effective job in cleaning up the goose droppings. As far as trying to deter the geese from congregating on the fi eld the Sports Turf Manager has tried using a wooden coyote cutout and sprayed the fi eld with an agent supposed to deter geese, but neither worked. Thanks to Christopher Gray, Sports Stadium Manager at Jeffco Athletics in Lakewood Colorado for allowing me to take these photos. If you would like to submit a photograph for John Mascaro's Photo Quiz please send it to John Mascaro, 1471 Capital Circle NW, Ste # 13, Tallahassee, FL 32303 call (850) 580-4026 or email to john@turf-tec.com. If your photograph is selected, you will receive full credit. All photos submitted will become property of SportsTurf magazine and the Sports Turf Managers Association. John Mascaro's Photo Quiz Answers from page 17 Reaching the industry professionals you want to reach! The OFFICIAL online directory: STMA Sourcebook is an online directory of manufacturers and distributors of equipment and supplies used by professional sports turf maintenance professionals, irrigation contractors, sports turf managers, professional grounds managers, custom chemical applicators, and other green industry professionals. ARE YOU LISTED? Go to STMASourcebook.com, search for your company, review, update and own your listing. Not there? You should be! Get yourself signed up today. STMASourcebook.com STMAsourcebookLISTED hh.indd 1 2/17/17 9:44 AM This high school multipurpose fi eld in Colorado is a natural grass turf reinforced with artifi cial fi bers. In this part of the country, wild Canadian geese tend to fl ock to this area from December to March. Even though the turf system works well for wear, for some unknown reason the geese also love to congregate on this type of fi eld. The Sports Turf Manager is unsure if it's because they like the sand that was used in the seedbed or if they are after the grass roots in this hybrid turf system. With large amounts of geese feeding, also comes large amounts of goose droppings. When I visited this fi eld on the 2015 STMA Tour on Wheels, the fi eld had received a full winters worth of goose poop. The Sports Turf Manager had taken out the steel drag shown in the photo in order to break up the dropping and then blow them off the fi eld for our tour group. However, recent snow melt caused additional moisture on the turf, making the drag mat look like this and the goose Answers from page 17

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