Knowledge Center

STMA is committed to the continuing education of its members and the public. Resources have been compiled for public audiences to address natural grass benefits, sports field safety and synthetic turf. Technical resources have been developed to help sports turf managers maintain their sports fields and facilities. Professional development and management resources are also available to assist with facility operations and career advancement.

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Featured Education

Water Series:

Effective Water Use

Just like all living plants, your turfgrass needs water for growth and survival. In most cases, rainfall does not provide the amount of water actively growing turfgrass requires. Irrigation can supplement rainfall and provide the water necessary to sustain high quality turfgrass. Effectively managing your water use maximizes your turf’s health and limits waste. Effective Water Use provides some tips to consider when managing irrigation on your field.

Water Conservation Best Management Practices for Sports Facilities

The demand for potable water for agricultural, residential, and industrial use is expected to increase in the future while our supply of naturally occurring water will remain essentially unchanged and some rivers and lakes will continue to decrease in size.
When rainfall is insufficient and water resources become limited, supplemental irrigation required to sustain plantings, such as turfgrass and other landscaping plants, is often the first to be placed on water use restrictions.
Water Conservation Best Management Practices for Sports Facilities provides various best management practices (BMPs) regarding water conservation that can be easily applied at sports and recreation facilities. Applying water responsibly can conserve resources and save money while still maintaining a healthy, safe turfgrass surface and aesthetically pleasing landscape.

Balancing Work and Family:

Jobs in the sports turf industry are very stressful on both professional and personal fronts. Supervisors, coaches, players, and owners can have unrealistic expectations. You may not have the budget, the equipment, or the labor force to meet the expectations of these groups. And no matter how hard you work, expectations can be shattered by the realities of Mother Nature in a matter of minutes. There is no more passionate group of people than sports turf managers, and their passion and commitment to excellence often result in very unrealistic expectations of a personal nature when it comes to the job. With these pressures, it is easy to overlook the basics in maintaining healthy relationships with your spouse and family. Balancing Work and Family provides some suggestions for maintaining healthy relationships.

Turfgrass Diagnostics:

Turfgrass managers often encounter problems on athletic surfaces that are difficult to identify. Common turfgrass problems include fungal diseases, insect pests, nematodes, misapplication of fertilizer or pesticides, extreme temperatures, too much or too little water or nutrients, and other cultural or environmental problems. Accurate diagnosis of a problem is a critical first step in controlling it quickly and economically. Submitting a Sample for Turfgrass Problem Diagnosis outlines steps and recommendations to submit a quality sample to expedite the identification process.