August 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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www.spor 28 // August 2017 SPORTS TURF MANAGERS: KNOW YOUR IRRIGATION SYSTEM'S COMPONENTS, HOW TO IDENTIFY PROBLEMS BY MIKE JIGGENS I rrigation is part of the solution to achieving healthy turf, and knowing how to properly manage an irrigation system is a vital part of realizing that end goal, an audience of sports turf managers was told [recently]. Gary Taylor, owner of GT Irrigation Services, spoke at the 28th annual Sports Turf Canada fi eld day in Hamilton, noting that irriga- tion helps to reduce compaction. Without irrigation during periods of drought, the playing surface is apt to become extremely hard. Ir- rigation also helps provide a faster recovery period for turf, especially on football and soccer fi elds used by adult players. In his address, Taylor drew attention to the various components of an irrigation system, explaining how they work, their function and how they can be managed. Sprinkler heads are the most visible part of an irrigation system. When working properly, they are to pop up, rotate, apply water, and retract when fi nished. Gear-driven sprinklers provide constant speed of rotation and proper application of water. They are available in stainless steel or non-stainless steel construction, but Taylor said, although the stainless steel units cost more, they are worth the ad- ditional cost if topdressing is part of the fi eld maintenance regimen.

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