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

Thatch Management

Thatch is the undecomposed or partially decomposed layer of living and dead grass stems, roots, rhizomes, stolons, and other organic matter that is found between the soil surface and grass blades. Thatch is a turf growth medium that is well aerated and compaction resistant, with poor water and nutrient holding capacities. Thatch develops as plant parts and other organic debris accumulate on the soil surface, when turf growth occurs at an excessive rate, and when both soil and weather conditions are unfavorable. Thatch becomes a problem when plant organic matter production exceeds the rate of decomposition. Thatch Management discusses the advantages and disadvantages of a thatch layer and cultural practices to effectively manage thatch.

Football/Soccer Safety and Maintenance Checklist:

Make sure your fields are safe and ready for play. Prior to practice or a game, assess field characteristics and make the necessary corrections before allowing players on the field with STMA's Football/Soccer Safety and Maintenance Checklist.
This bulletin is also available in Spanish:
Lista de Seguridad y Mantencion de Los Campos de Futbol y Futbol Americano

Natural Grass Field Safety Video

Strategies for Managing Heavily-Used Fields:

Managing a heavily-used athletic field can be a daunting task. While you may do your best to limit the number of events, the reality is that many times your field will host more activities than it can handle under your normal maintenance practices. As athletic field managers, we must remember that fields are meant to be played on and we need to do everything in our power to provide the best possible field conditions regardless of intensity of use. Strategies for Managing Heavily-Used Fields provides four keys to successful management of heavily-used fields.
This bulletin is also available in Spanish:
Estrategias de Mantencion para Campos Con Uso Excesivo