November 2009


Mulched Maple and Oak Leaves Associated with a Reduction in Common Dandelion Populations in Established Kentucky Bluegrass 

Read about the effectiveness of mulching maple or oak leaves into established Kentucky bluegrass stands to increase spring green-up and provide a control for common dandelion populations. 
You must be a member to view this article. Please see Technical Resources under Members Only. 

The 2-Minute Tip for Success

The Impact of Rudeness at Work 
Doug Cartland, Doug Cartland, Inc. 

A study was conducted by the Harvard Business School on workplace rudeness and the impact it has on employee productivity. According to the study, in response to rudeness at work: 

48% of employees decreased their work effort 
47% decreased their time at work 
38% decreased their work quality 
66% said their performance declined 
80% lost work time worrying about the incident 
63% lost time avoiding the offender 
78% said their commitment to the organization declined 

None of this should be surprising. It is a great mistake to underrate communication and relationship building skills when it comes to the overall health and efficiency of our businesses. Is it any wonder that the number one characteristic that employers look for in employees is “team player?” 

Another study conducted by William Haney shows that 25-40% of our business budgets are consumed by bad or poor or miscommunication. This study on rudeness is another example of that principle. 

What do you do if you witness or are the recipient of rudeness at your workplace? First, keep a level head and respond calmly. Say something like, “I’m sure you did not intend to be so insensitive with the comment you just made….” See what reaction you get. Sometimes people make comments without realizing its impact, and when attention is called to it, will immediately apologize. If the negativity continues, get a supervisor involved, and make certain the supervisor witnesses the rudeness, so he/she can take immediate steps to address it. Successful organizations focus on creating respectful and collaborative cultures, hire individuals who embrace this culture and reward employees for positive behaviors. 

News You Can Use

NEW Grant Available to Members 

The SAFE Foundation will award the Terry Mellor Continuing Education Grant, sponsored by Turface Athletics, for the first time this fall. This $1,000 grant is intended to fund a portion of the winner’s attendance at the STMA Conference in January. All members of an STMA affiliated chapter are eligible to win, and must be nominated through a letter of recommendation by a National STMA Member. 

Click here to download the nomination form. This form includes the criteria for eligibility and guidance for writing your nomination. 

The deadline to apply for the Terry Mellor Continuing Education Grant will be November 15. STMA will provide a complimentary conference registration to the winner, and the winner will be recognized at the association’s annual Awards Banquet held at the conference on Jan. 15, 2010. 

Terry, the brother of Red Sox Director of Grounds David Mellor, died of a massive heart attack at the age of 43. He was very involved in his community and was named volunteer of the year for the state of Wisconsin for the Special Olympics. He was a strong supporter of continuing education and this grant honors his passion. 

Conference Registration Form Now On-Line 

The registration form for the STMA 21st Annual Conference and Exposition is available on-line. If you are a member, you can fill it out on-line by logging in to the Members Only area of the web site. A link to the on-line registration process is on your individual home page. Or, at click on the PDF of the registration form, separate from the digital brochure. Be sure to indicate on this registration form if you plan to attend the Annual Meeting and Lunch on Thurs., Jan. 14, and the Awards Reception and Banquet on Fri., Jan. 15. 

Don't forget to take advantage of the early registration discount. Fees increase to $400 after Dec. 15. 

Seminars-on-Wheels Showcase Sports Venues 

There will be two Seminar-on-Wheels tours prior to the official opening of the STMA Annual Conference and Exposition. The first tour, to be held on Tues., Jan. 12, will take participants to Central Florida University, which is the third largest university in the U.S. and has the only full-length indoor football practice facility in the state. The tour will include Bright House Network Stadium, which was completed in 2007, football practice fields and indoor facility, softball and baseball stadiums, and a track and soccer complex. The second stop will be at Disney World to take a behind-the-scenes horticultural and agricultural tour. 

The Seminar-on-Wheels tour on Wed., Jan. 13, includes a nearly full day at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex, which is the top site for youth sporting events in the U.S. The Complex has hosted 1.7 million athletes since its opening in 1997. Competitors have included AAU, Pop Warner, Atlanta Braves, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While on this tour, the use of the STMA Playing Conditions Index will be demonstrated. The second stop will be at an environmentally friendly golf course. 

Tours will depart at 8 a.m. each day from the Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center in Lake Buena Vista. To register, go to and choose the registration method that works the best for you. 

Take Home Exciting Prizes 

Throughout the annual conference, events take place to raise funds for STMA’s charity, The SAFE Foundation. Attendees are treated to a live auction, a raffle and a silent auction. Participants can take home team gear, signed sports memorabilia, vacation packages, products and equipment, and much more. This year, up to 130 people who buy a $2 fundraising pull-tab card will win cash! 

To make these events a success, STMA and SAFE need your donations. Any donation is appreciated — team gear, tickets to sporting events, wine, restaurant gift certificates, field products and equipment…whatever you wish to donate will be a welcome addition to our fundraising efforts. Please send your donations to STMA’s Raffle/Auction Chair Tom Curran, 603 NE 9th Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33060, or bring them directly to the conference. 

Cast Your Vote 

The ballot for the STMA 2010 Board of Directors election will be mailed mid-November. All STMA voting members will receive one via US Mail. However, you can cast your vote via e-mail, fax or US mail — just follow the instructions on the ballot. 

Once you receive your ballot, please take a few minutes to access the candidate’s biographies on the website. By participating in the election process, you will help to strengthen the governance of STMA. Please vote for the leadership of your association! 

Golfers Return to ChampionsGate 

The SAFE Jacobsen Golf Tournament, one of the most anticipated events each year at the STMA Conference and Exhibition, returns to acclaimed golf resort ChampionsGate National Course. Designed by International Golf Champion Greg Norman and the World Headquarters of David Leadbetter Golf Academy, ChampionsGate is a world-class golf destination. 

Proceeds from the tournament benefit the SAFE Foundation, STMA’s philanthropic arm, which funds scholarships, research and education. Be sure to fill in your foursome and club rental information on the Conference Registration Form. 

Are you a commercial company interested in sponsoring a hole at the golf tournament? Call Patrick Allen, STMA Manager of Sales and Marketing at 800.323.3875 to discuss opportunities. 

Photos Needed! 

Our video partner, GrasStains Productions, helps to create an exciting introduction to the Annual Awards Banquet through a video montage that showcases the sports turf profession. GrasStains is seeking photos of your fields, crews, challenges and fun times at work! Send a CD of your photos to Steve Legros, 120 Heron Way, Carlisle, PA 17013, or electronically to

Webinar Recording Now on Website 

Dr. Grady Miller from North Carolina State University presented STMA’s first webinar on “Foliar and Granular Fertilization for Sports Turfgrasses.” He identified significant differences between granular and foliar fertilization programs and discussed the importance and advantages of both types of fertilizers for sports turfgrasses. 
Click here to view the full recorded webinar. 

Earn CEUs at the National Conference 

Earn up to 1.5 continuing education units (CEUs) through STMA at the National Conference to put towards your professional development. In addition to STMA, the following professional organizations have agreed to provide CEUs for attending education sessions at the conference: 

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) — 1.95 CEUs 
Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) — 14 CEUs 
National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) — 3 CEUs 
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) — 1.5 CEUs 
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) — 12 credit hours 
You can also earn up to 12 Florida Pesticide Recertification Credits. 

See the onsite brochure for a detailed listing of education sessions that qualify for CEUs and recertification credits. Stop by Registration or see your session moderator to report earning CEUs or pick up the necessary forms. 

Renew Your Membership On Line 

STMA members can renew their 2010 membership on-line. After logging on to the Members-Only page, the link to renew your membership will pop up. Click on the link and easily renew your STMA national and chapter memberships for 2010. A receipt will be sent automatically to your inbox so that you can submit it to your employer for reimbursement. If you have training or miscellaneous dollars left in your 2009 budget, apply those dollars now to your 2010 membership and continue to receive uninterrupted benefits. 

3 Certification Levels Offered by ASBA 

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) has developed a certification program, co-sponsored by STMA and the Synthetic Turf Council, which offer three levels of credential. The Certified Field Builder (CFB) designation demonstrates a core knowledge of field construction as well as expertise in both natural turf and synthetic turf. Builders who wish to pursue certification in only one type of turf may choose to take the exam to become a Certified Field Builder-Natural (CFB-N) or Certified Field Builder-Synthetic (CFB-S). Of the three exams, the CFB requires a more comprehensive knowledge. All certifications are renewable every three years. 

The exam will be offered for the first time on Dec. 4 in conjunction with the ASBA's Technical Meeting, scheduled for December 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, Georgia. STMA members will be able to take the certification exam at the ASBA member rate. To find out if you qualify to take the exam, and to register, contact ASBA at 866-501-ASBA, or electronically on the 
American Sports Builders Association website. 


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