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Webinar: Best Practices for Designing and Maintaining Functional Athletic Fields

Experts weigh in on keeping sports turf healthy and operational all year

Maintaining sports fields is a ton of work. Sports turf sees heavy wear-and-tear from intensive practice schedules but should also always look and feel ready for Game Day. If that wasn’t enough, throw in changing seasons, snow, water restrictions, and consistent reseeding requirements. Sports turf managers certainly have their work cut out for them.

That’s why a team of experts at Pacific Sports Turf Management will share their best practices for designing and keeping sports fields healthy, all year round.

The webinar will cover:

  • Choosing the type of turf for your sport & region
  • Irrigation best practices
  • Water conservation tips – when to consider synthetic
  • Soil types – when to use what
  • Importance of efficient drainage
  • Technology to provide real-time data

Jim White, Irrigation Management
Pacific Sports Turf Irrigation

im has worked with irrigation systems and water use efficiency since 1985. Growing up in the desert Southwest where water supplies are limited, Jim honed his irrigation skills — designing, building, and maintaining high-efficiency irrigation systems. Jim joined the Southern Nevada Water Authority in 1993, developing innovative methods to increase irrigation efficiency, and implementing nationally recognized water conservation programs.

Jim was one of the first to complete the new ‘Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor’ program when offered by the Irrigation Association in the early 1990’s. Later he completed the Association’s ‘Certified Irrigation Designer’ program. Jim received an Associates Degree in Landscape Design in 1992 and was a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture.

Damon Richardson, Field Tech Consultant
Pacific Sports Turf Irrigation

Damon migrated from Massachusetts to Oregon for a job at Northwest Landscape Industries with a degree in Landscape Development from the State University of New York at Cobleskill. During the summers while at school (High School and College) he worked as a laborer for a company in Montague Mass called New England Landscape and Wall Construction. Damon has over 25 years’ experience in the landscape realm doing everything from operating a shovel to now creating solutions to repair our clients fields.

He does estimating and consulting for Pacific Sports Turf on construction, field repair, field renovations, drainage, fraze mowing, infield soil augmentation, and water quality swale rehabilitation. He is also an active member of the Oregon Sports Turf Managers Association.

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