July 9th – July 13th, 2018
Turfgrass Science Summer Camp
Director: Pamela Sherratt
Co-Directors: Dr. Karl Danneberger, Dr. David Gardner, Todd Hicks, Dr. Ed McCoy, Dr. Ed Nangle, Dr. Zane Raudenbush, Joe Rimelspach, Dr. Dave Shetlar, Dr. John Street, and Matt Williams
- Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes at the Ohio Stadium?
- Have you ever wondered how they get logos on sports fields?
- Have you ever thought about how golf courses stay so green?
The Ohio State University is excited to announce the inaugural Turfgrass Science Summer Camp! An interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty and staff has launched the camp, developing its activities in partnership with The Ohio State University’s sports facilities and grounds staff, and other local golf and sports facilities. Continue reading
This is the power point presentation “Tips for enhancing green space in a sustainable way” given at the Indiana Professional Lawn & Landscape Association Conference, Feb 20th & 21st, 2018.
Tips for Enhancing Green Space
This is the power point presentation “Seasonal Plan for Recreational Turf in the Midwest” given at the Indiana Professional Lawn & Landscape Association Conference, Feb 20th & 21st, 2018.
The 2018 Sports Turf Short Course will take place at Ohio Stadium on February 28th, 2018. This one-day seminar will provide you with the best opportunity to reach your personal development goals and help you develop professional skills in turf management, synthetic turf maintenance and budget creation. Continue reading
This is a power point presentation of a “Turf Basics” talk, given at the Ohio Sports Business Operations Conference, December 4th, 2017.
Turf Basics Power Point
Crabgrass (Digitaria sp.)on football field
One of the routine maintenance tasks for athletic field management is the control of weeds. This is not just for aesthetic purposes. Sometimes the weeds can result in reduced lateral shear strength and increased chance for athlete injury. Herbicides, when used according to the label, have been shown to present minimal risk to end users and are typically employed by athletic managers to selectively remove different weeds. However, we are increasingly seeing laws and regulations being passed aimed at reducing exposure to pesticides, including bans of pesticide use on public lands or on school property. In these areas the use of synthetic herbicides is not permitted and alternative management strategies need to be used. Continue reading
The following is content from the Ohio Lawn Care Seminar presentation “Soils & Fertility for Healthy Lawns & Sports Fields” given June 15th, 2017 in Wooster Ohio.
Power Point Presentation
Handout: Best Lawn Practices
Article: Summer Fertilizer Program
On Thursday July 13th, 2017, the Turfgrass Pathology team at The Ohio State University will be hosting a Turfgrass Disease Field Day.
Attendees are invited to spend time looking at disease trials and hear about current and new fungicides. There will be an update on the diagnostic clinic and time for a Q&A session.
This is an ideal opportunity for turfgrass managers to spend time with Joe Rimelspach & Todd Hicks and get the most up-to-date information on turfgrass disease issues.
The event is free.
For more information, download this flyer, call (614) 778-9172 or email email@example.com
What is a field “Crown“? – The elevated center portion of a sports field, raised to promote the runoff of surface water. (Puhalla, Krans, & Goatley, 1999)
If surface water is not removed from the field:
- Surface becomes slippy and unsafe, as well as providing a poor spectacle
- Soil compaction will occur more readily on cohesive native soils, increasing surface hardness
- Oxygen is excluded from the soil and roots will not grow = grass pulls out during games & grasses will not be as stress tolerant (e.g. drought stress)
- Anaerobic conditions develop, leading to black layer problems & lack of important nutrients
- Cancellation of events/games
- Delayed maintenance practices e.g. mowing
- Increase in pest & disease problems (annual bluegrass etc.) because of wet favorable conditions or reduced grass health
- Soils take longer to warm up, so seed germination is delayed in spring
Some soccer field managers are asked to apply water just prior to a game. Why is that, and how much should be applied? During my own experience as a soccer player, and also as an agronomist, I have seen a variety of watering requirements from coaches, managers, players and grounds managers prior to a soccer game. Continue reading