Chip's Field Journal

When Replacing Playground Mulch Consider Synthetic Turf

When Replacing Playground Mulch Consider Synthetic Turf

Playground mulch should be replaced regularly. Mulch maintenance should be performed to correct mulch depths for safety in fall zones. These activities can quickly become costly and time consuming. A great alternative to playground mulch is installing synthetic turf with a shock pad for fall height protection. It does not move, is easily cleaned and […]

Solving Field Drainage Problems With Sand Slits

Solving Field Drainage Problems With Sand Slits

Often it is not until a big rain event occurs that field drainage problems are discovered. Someone then gets the task of finding a solution. We have found that sand slit drainage is an excellent solution to permanently solve field drainage problems. With our sand slitting  trencher we can excavate a narrow 2.75″ trench 12″ […]

“Wonder Edge” an excellent solution to synthetic turf edging.

“Wonder Edge” an excellent solution to synthetic turf edging.

 One of our recent putting green installations required a turf edge. After researching the various alternatives we discovered “Wonder Edge”.  We found the product to be an excellent solution for a fast, neat, and simple turf edge.  No digging, trenching, or stakes required. It is made from post consumer plastic. We think so much of […]

Excellent Field Drainage: The Key to Year Round Field Use

Excellent Field Drainage: The Key to Year Round Field Use

Year round field use requires excellent field drainage. The best field drainage consists of three (3) components; (1) primary drainage, (2) secondary drainage, and (3) surface drainage. Primary drainage is a pipe system installed 6” to 12” below the surface and backfilled with free draining sand to the surface. The primary drains are installed 5’ […]

The Sand Cap Build-Up System

The Sand Cap Build-Up System

The Sand Cap Build-up System is an excellent Sportsturf renovation technique that involves installing a primary drainage system followed by multiple topdressings with ½” of USGA sand. Generally, two topdressings a year should be planned for and they should be added each subsequent year until the sand cap has reached a 4” depth.  www.turf.msu.edu/built-up–sand–capped-athletic-field-system