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Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic as a sports field manager

The latest DuraEdge Blog shares insight and advice for navigating the COVID-19 pandemic as a sports field manager.

The coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented in our country and industry.  Around the country there are various levels of restrictions as to who is able to work.  For many of us it has meant less time looking over our ballfields.  There are still plenty of things we can be doing if we are working or quarantined at home to be ready when baseball and softball are ready to begin again.

Cultivation practices

This is the perfect time to think about major cultivation practices. This is also a great time to ensure the cutting blades on your mowers are ready to go, sharpening or replacing as needed.  It is also a time to remember the ⅓ rule.  There will be some that aren’t able to get to fields for some time.  If that is the case, this ⅓ rule is even more important.  What the rule entails is cutting only ⅓ of the blade length per mow.  Then slowly bringing down the mowing height to the length of the original height of the cut; this process could take several weeks depending on growth rates.

If you are a sports field manager working from home, you can still find productivity by building a maintenance program plan; this could include learning new agronomy or cultivation practices or updating/planning this year’s schedules which could include forecasting of budgets.

This is also a great opportunity to make sure you have all your SDS/MSDS sheets and update pesticide records.

This could be a good time to start thinking about…

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