January 2010


Engineering the Best Soils for Turfgrass Applications 

Turfgrass systems require optimum soils for best performance. Although there are guidelines for developing turfgrass soils, many high performance turfgrass areas do not have soil mix specifications that indicate appropriate characteristics or suitability for a given project. 
Click here to read how scientists are investigating soil properties, appropriate compaction, plant responses and how to construct optimum soils. This research will help develop models for contractors and architects to use to determine the correct soil components and amounts to mix when constructing soils for specific projects.

The 2-Minute Tip for Success



Living Beyond Clichés 
by Mark Sanborn 

The end of one year and the beginning of another is a time for the overuse of clichés: "time passes so quickly," "out with the old/in with the new," "make your resolutions," et al. 

Embedded in most clichés, however, is solid truth. The end of the year reminds us that time really does pass quickly and we should live with that awareness lest we waste any of that precious commodity. 

Other clichés are mostly wishful thinking. Few people truly abandon the old and outdated. We are creatures of habit and stick to our established routines regardless of effectiveness or lack thereof. We'd be wise to abandon what's not working, and to do so sooner than later. 

And when it comes to "in with the new!" well, that is more wishful thinking. Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die. That's just another way of saying that while we admire the outcomes of successful change, we generally resist the process. 

Most of us know what we need to change, whether or not we do it. That brings me to the making of resolutions which are inappropriately named. Resolutions require resolve; making a wish list of what we'd like to change usually overlooks any resolve needed by the list maker. We feel better writing things down--and there's nothing wrong with that--but the next step is consistent effort. That could explain why most resolutions end before the first month of the year does. 

The challenge is to live beyond clichés; to act on the important truths that are so familiar. Living fully requires a constant reminder of our mortality. Knowing that time passes quickly should cause us to be fully present in the moment, to eliminate the superficial and make time for what truly matters. Out with the old requires an honest inventory of what's not working in our lives and the purposeful abandonment of those habits and behaviors. In with the new only works when we combine resolve with consistent and effort. It helps to know that change is usually simple but rarely easy. 

I wish you a wonderful end to your year, despite whatever challenges you may have faced. We've all seen difficulties uncommon in normal years, and yet there are blessings to be counted and much to be thankful for. Be sensitive to the diversity of our world but don't be censored by a silly political correctness that encourages us to live vague lives. And, of course, I wish you love and health in the coming year. Aim first and foremost to be rich in relationships and remember that material wealth is icing on the cake. 

NOTE : Mark has a strategy on the list of Success Magazine's "44 Ways to Kick-Start Your New Year." 

News You Can Use

2010 STMA Speaker Presentations and Handouts 

Click here to view outlines, handouts and PowerPoint presentations for the education sessions at the 2010 STMA Conference. Handouts will not be provided, so please review what our speakers have provided so you can be prepared to take notes and make the most of our educational offerings. 

Unable to attend the conference? All members are welcome to download these handouts. 

Earn CEUs at the STMA National Conference 

Earn up to 1.5 continuing education units (CEUs) through STMA at the National Conference this year. A number of other professional organizations have also agreed to award CEUs: 


National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)


Golf Course Superintendents Association of Americia (GCSAA)


Florida Nursery, Growers, and Landscape Association (FNGLA)


National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA)


American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)


Tennessee Pesticide Recertification Credis


Florida Pesticide Recertification Credits



Please be sure to submit the appropriate information in order for us to report your attendance correctly. Information onsite and session moderators will be able to give direction on which education sessions qualify. To familiarize yourself with the sessions each organization recognizes beforehand, please click here

Major League Baseball film to be shot at Conference 
At the 2010 conference in Orlando, portions of a documentary film about the only two female head groundskeepers in Major League Baseball, will be shot for release later this year. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend will feature Heather Nabozny of the Detroit Tigers and Nicole Sherry of the Baltimore Orioles. The film will explore the day-to-day aspects of the job and what a vital role the head groundskeeper plays. 

Roadside Pictures, an independent film company, will be filming the documentary, and plans to showcase it at film festivals before it is picked up by a distributor or network. STMA is financially supporting the production. 

CHANGE: Conference Badge Distribution 

STMA will be distributing all badges ON SITE in Orlando. No badges were mailed to you in advance of the conference. At registration there will be a separate lane for quickly picking up your badge and tickets. 

Dues are Due 

STMA sent its 2010 membership renewal invoices via email in mid-December. Please let us know if you need a copy of the invoice sent to you through the U.S. mail. You can renew on-line at 
www.STMA.org. Just click on Members Only, log in and you’ll be taken to your individual home page, which has a link to renew your membership. If you are unemployed at the start of this year, you qualify for STMA’s dues forgiveness program. To activate this service, please call headquarters at 1-800-323-3875. 

STMA Unveiling Membership Pins Program 

At the 2010 conference, STMA is distributing Membership pins to recognize those members who have supported STMA for 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years and 25 years. Pins will be distributed with the conference badges during registration at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center, and through the mail in February to those who are unable to attend the conference. Thank you for your support of STMA. We sincerely appreciate it! 

STMA Announces its 2010 Regional Conference Location 

STMA is working with the Pacific Northwest and Oregon Chapters to bring a regional conference and exposition to Seattle in July 2010. Look for more information on the conference educational program and the exhibition next month.


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