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Vol. 4, No. 3

Fall 2014

Park & SportsTurf MINNESOTA





“Suddenly Snow Season!”



PRESIDENT BEN WALLIN NationalSports Center

MPSTMA President

VICE PRESIDENT NICK GERMANN University of Northwestern

This past September, it was a pleasure to host the MPSTMA Fall Workshop at the National Sports Center. This event was a great place to learn and see what's in the industry and a great networking session.


The NSC was started in 1987 when Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich signed legislation creating the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission. As part of that statewide initiative, $14.7 million was appropriated for construction of the National Sports Center.


! I'm not saying any thing new, when I say finally winter season could be over. It's time to in 1990, the National Sports opened on plowing 92 acres land. The original changeThen, gears and think about our sports fields andCenter parks and not about ourof parking facilityside featured thewhere Velodrome, Sports Hall, Residence Hall and lots, shoveling walks, and are we going to put the next Snow-naumi? BreakDining out the Hall, grills, picnic tables, string lines and painters--the season has begun. It's time to put our Stadium, and less than 25 soccer fields. education and skills to the test. !



Since 1987, National Sports Center has to be one for of the thespring largest sports com! To recap what the has been happening in MPSTMA, we grown had a great turnout workshop and the would like to thank everyone who attended. like to personally plexes in board the United States. The NSC today is a 600I would acre property that has expanded like to thank the committee members that worked hard to put this event on. Our speakers Dick tospoke maintaining full fields. on the table is an expansion plan to Erickson about the 37 good oldsize dayssoccer at The Met; BenCurrently Boeding newly named CSFM filled us build more fields and as of right know they will be natural turf. in on taking the22 steps in obtaining certification; Patrick D. McGuiness, Attorney, Minneapolis, gave a presentation on liability in or on our facilities; and we looked into bridging the generation gap with Tim VanLoo of Iowa State University.!


We had a nice volunteer turnout at our Community Service Project in October. More than 20 MPSTMA members present labor, product and ! The host site, University of Northwestern, is wonderfulwere facility. We hadoffering some fantastic fall-off-the-bone ribs and some the networking picnic at the newly plays host to equipment. The fieldgreat we conversation renovated, atEast Twins Field in held in Maplewood, renovated North Side Park in St. Louis Park. Rick Beane and his crew put on a great picnic right League and Babe Ruth baseball. I recommend joining us next year when we down toLittle the weather!! spend a day renovating another field in need.

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Enjoy the summer!!

All the best,


Benjamin Wallin, Benjamin WallinPresident MPSTMA! President Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association

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A Full Day’s Work by MPSTMA Volunteers Rewarded by Satisfaction and Knowing It was a Job Well Done! The Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association annually performs a community service project by renovating a sports field in Minnesota. This year’s project took place in Maplewood at East Twins Field where Little League and Babe Ruth baseball is played. The MPSMTA Community Service Project Committee, headed by Mike McDonald, CSFM, TCF Bank Stadium; Paul Griffin, City of Woodbury, and Mike Brunelle, Town & Country Landscape in Rogers, pick from CSP entrants and travels around Minnesota in early spring to look at all the fields to see what is the best fit for the MPSTMA. Typically, East Twins Field was playable but was in tough shape - as are most all entrants. If you haven’t participate in this event, you are missing out, especially if you have similar maintenance issues. The best in the business are available to answer your hands-on questions. So, the next time you see an email that seeks volunteers for the Community Service Project, give it a second thought and join us for a fun, rewarding day. This year’s project at East Twins Field needed to be postponed one week due to rain. Lucky for those who participated, a better “weather” day could not have been provided. A powerpoint documentary was made and CDs will be available at the Northern Green Expo from Jan.14-16 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The presentation will also be shown at the MPSTMA Annual Meeting on Jan. 15, 2015. Thank you to the following companies who provided product and services for the event:

Mike Brunelle Town & Country Landscape of Rogers

BEGINNING OF THE RENOVATION: Paul Griffin, City of Woodbury, left, and Ben Boeding, City of Eagan, initiate the re-forming of the mound.

q Town and Country Landscape q Kromer Co. q The Toro Company q MTI Distributing Inc. q Frattalone’s q Specialty Turf and Ag q TerraMax q D. Ervasti Sales q The Tessman Company q Reinders q Property Props (See page 4 for a complete list of CSP Volunteers)

WATERING DOWN THE THE CLAY BRICKS is Gary Ringus, owner of Property Props,Inc.

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National Sports Center Hosts Fall Workshop Just 72 people participated in the 2014 MPSTMA Fall Workshop at the National Sports Center in Blaine, but for those in attendance, the day of education and seeing and learning what the National Sports Center is all about made itvery worthwhile. Ben Wallin, current MPSTMA president, along with Curtiss Conkright, hosted the event and provided a tour of the facilities. One of MPSTMA’s favorite motivational speakers, Kit Welchlin, provided humor and many items for thought during his talk. Aaron Hobbs, flew in from Washington D.C., to talk about being an environmentally-responsible industry and making MPSTMA members aware of RISE, Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment. RISE can help you find answers to questions about environmental practices at your employment. Other speakers included: Jeff Langner, Profile Products; Eric Simmons, Hunter; Ken Rost, Frost, Inc.; Mike Kelly, TerraMax, and Stan Moscrip, Superior Tech Products. Sponsors of the event, always needed and muchappreciated, were: Hunter; JRK Seed & Turf Supply; Pioneer Athletics; Specialty Turf and Ag, Inc.; TerraMax; Frost, Inc.; Cycle Works Golf Supply; Property Props; Reinders; Cushman Motor Co., Inc.; MTI Distributing Inc.; Tri State Bobcat, Inc., and Superior Tech Products. The 2015 Fall Workshop is set for September 16 at the St. Louis Park recreation building. More information will be forwarded as it becomes available.

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The MPSTMA Salutes the Following Volunteers for Providing Labor, Product and Equipment for the 2014 Community Service Project Mike McDonald, CSFM Ben Boeding, CSFM Roger Weinbrenner, CSFM Kevin Fernandez Paul Griffin Ben Wallin Mike Brunelle Dave Simeon Bob Copeland Mark Poppitz Mike Peschel Doug Daniel Jon Almquist Bob Frank Larry Gorman Shane Andrews Joe Churchill Mike Kelly Ronn Ponath Darrell Ervasti John Wiley Rick Beane Josh Nelson Matt Shopek

Special Thanks to: MagicTurfs D. Ervasti Sales The Toro Co. MTI Distributing Inc. TerraMax Specialty Turf & Ag Kromer Co. The Tessman Company Frattalone’s Reinders, Inc.

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The Importance of Pollinators in the Landscape The Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation is set to host Super Tuesday on Jan. 13, 2015. Super Tuesday is an annual educational opportunity presented by the MTGF. This year’s theme is: BEE AWARE: The Importance of Pollinators in the Landscape.

for pollinators; focusing on good cultural practices and shifting the concept of the Disease Triangle to the Health Triangle, using less pesticide overall and benefit not just bees but the trees and turf we manage; pollinator friendly plants; being environmentally responsible; fruit grower issues, and an update from the UMN Bee Squad. A full-slate of highly qualified local, regional and national speakers will be on hand. The topics will be “broad-reaching” and be of interest to many. They include, from the University of Minnesota, Ian Lane, Karl Foord and Becky Masterman.

This special seminar will be of interest to Master gardeners, garden center personnel, homeowners, fruit and orchard growers along with all allied association members of the MTGF. Topics include: Turf that can Support flowers and mowing

Aaron Hobbs, Washington D.C., will make you aware of RISE, Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment, a source for all questions regarding environmental issues. Kent Honl, an Arborologist from Rainbow Treecare, will talk will focus on good cultural practices. Park supervisors, master gardeners, garden centers, homeowner associations, fruit and orchard growers, honey producers and the allied association members of the MTGF are all encouraged to attend this timely event. The registration fee for the MTGF Super Tuesday is $65. Registration and more information can be found at or Sponsorship opportunities are also available. If you have any questions, please call the MTGF office at 952473-3722 or email


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MAINTENANCE CHECKlIST For Greenways and Urban Trails By JED WAGNER Denver Parks and Recreation Department MAINTENANCE To BE PERFoRMED oN A CoNTINuouS, SCHEDulED BASIS: q Trail user safety: Safety is central to all maintenance operations, and is the single most important trail maintenance concern. Items for consideration include scheduling and documentation of inspections, the condition of railings, bridges, and trail surfaces, proper and adequate signage, removal of debris, and coordination with other agencies associated with trail maintenance. q Trails inspection: Trails inspections are integral to all trail maintenance operations. Inspections will occur on a regularly scheduled basis, the frequency of which will depend on the amount of trail use, location, age, and the type of construction. All trail inspections are to be documented. q Trail sweeping: Trail sweeping is one of the most important aspects of trail maintenance, helping ensure trail user safety. The type of sweeping to be performed depends on trail design and location. Trails that require sweeping of the whole system will be swept by machine. Trails that require only spot sweeping of bad areas will be swept by hand or with blowers. Some trails require a combination of methods. Sweeping will be

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performed on a regular schedule. q Trash removal: Trash removal from trail corridors is important from both a safety and an aesthetic viewpoint. and includes removing ground debris and emptying trash containers. Trash removal will take place on a regularly scheduled basis, the frequency of which will depend on trail use and location. q Tree and shrub pruning: Tree and shrub pruning will be performed for the safety of trail users. Pruning will be performed to established specifications on a scheduled and as needed basis, the frequency of which will be fairly low. q Mowing of vegetation: Trails maintenance personnel will mow vegetation along trail corridors on a scheduled basis only where mowing is not performed by other agencies or park districts. q Scheduling maintenance tasks: Inspections, maintenance, and repair of trail-related concerns will be regularly scheduled. Inspection and repair priorities should be dictated by trail use, location, and design. Scheduling maintenance tasks is a key item towards the goal of consistently clean and safe trails. MAINTENANCE To BE PERFoRMED oN AN IRREGulAR oR AS NEEDED BASIS: q Trail Repair: Repair of asphalt or concrete trails will be closely tied to the inspection schedule. Prioritization of repairs is part of the process. The time between observation and repair of a trail will depend on whether the needed repair is deemed a hazard, to what degree the needed repair will affect the safety of the trail user, and whether the needed repair can be performed by the trails maintenance crew or if it is so extensive that it needs to be repaired by outside entities. q Trail Replacement: The decision to replace a trail and the type of replacement depends on many factors. These factors include the age of the trail, and the money available for replacement. Replacement involves either completely overlaying and asphalt trail with a new asphalt surface, or replacement of an asphalt trail with a concrete trail. In general, replacing asphalt trails with concrete is desirable. (A discussion of the different philosophies concerning the replacement of an asphalt trail with a concrete surface can be found elsewhere in the Bicycle Master Plan.) Parks Planning will coordinate all trail replacement, and the Trail Coordinator will recommend trails for replacement. q Snow and ice removal: The trails maintenance crew, with the help of the various districts, will remove snow from all city trails as soon as possible after a snowfall. The trails crew will provide help as needed to any district. Ice control and removal of ice build-up on trails in a continual factor because of the freezethaw cycle. Ice control is most important on grade changes and curves. Ice can be removed or gravel/ice melt applied. After the ice is gone, leftover gravel should be swept as soon as possible. q Weed control: Weed control along trails will be limited to areas in which certain weeds create a hazard to users (such as "goathead" thorns along trail edges). Environmentally safe weed removal methods should be used, especially along waterways.

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Maintenance Checklist(Continued from Page 6)

q Trail edging: Trail edging maintains trail width, and improves drainage. Problem areas include trail edges where berms tend to build up, and where uphill slopes erode onto the trails. Removal of this material will allow proper draining of the trail surface, allow the flowing action of the water to clean the trail, and limit standing water on trail surfaces. Proper drainage of trail surfaces will also limit ice build-up during winter months. q Trail drainage control: In places where low spots on the trail catch water, trail surfaces should be raised or drains built to carry away water. Some trail drainage control can be achieved through the proper edging of trails. If trail drainage is corrected near steep slopes, the possibility of erosion must be considered. q Trail signage: Trail signs fall into two categories: safety and information. Trail users should be informed where they are, where they are going, and how to use trails safely. Signs related to safety are most important and should be considered first. Information signage can enhance the trail users experience. A citywide system of trail information signage should be a goal. q Revegetation: Areas adjacent to trails that have been disturbed for any reason should be revegetated to minimize erosion. q Habitat enhancement and control: Habitat enhancement is achieved by planting vegetation along trails, mainly trees and shrubs. This can improve the aesthetics of the trail, help prevent erosion, and provide for wildlife habitat. Habitat control involves mitigation of damage caused by wildlife. An example is the protection of trees along waterways from damage caused by beavers. q Public awareness: Creating an understanding among trail users of the purpose of trails and their proper use is a goal of public awareness. Basic concepts of trail use include resolution of user conflicts, and speed limitations. The representatives should be easily accessible to field questions and concerns. q Trail program budget development: A detailed budget should be created for the trails program, and revised on an annual basis. q Volunteer coordination: The use of volunteers can help increase public awareness of trails, and provide a good source of labor for the program. Sources of volunteers include Boy Scouts, school groups, church groups, trail users, or court workers. Understanding volunteers' concerns is important, as are possible incentives or recognition of work performed. Implementation of an "Adopt-a-Trail" program should be considered. q Records: Good record-keeping techniques are essential to an organized program. Accurate logs should be kept on items such as daily activities, hazards found and action taken, maintenance needed and performed, etc. Records can also include surveys of the types and frequency of use of certain trail sections. This information can be used to prioritize trail management needs. q Graffiti control: The key to graffiti control is prompt observation and removal. During scheduled trail inspections any graffiti should be noted and the graffiti removal crew promptly notified. q Mapping: Several maps are privately marketed and available for trail users. From a maintenance standpoint, an accurate, detailed map of the trail system is important for internal park use. q Coordination with other agencies: Maintenance of

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trails located within more than one jurisdiction, like the Platte River Trail and the High Line Canal Trail, is provided by other agencies, in addition to Denver Parks Department. A clear understanding of maintenance responsibilities needs to be established to avoid duplicating efforts or missing maintenance on sections of the trails. q Education and interpretation: Many segments of the trail system contain a wealth of opportunities for education and interpretation. A successful example is Denver Public Schools' Greenway Experience, operated for many years. Trails along waterways provide good opportunities to teach and study concepts about urban wildlife and ecology. Educational opportunities range from interpretive signage to educational tours. q law enforcement: A greater law-enforcement effort might be made toward the goal of a safer trail system. Law enforcement agencies should be aware about the location of trails, and the types and levels of use they receive. Sections of trail corridors being used by transients is an ongoing problem that is not easily solved. Increased law enforcement awareness will be addressed on an as needed basis. q Proper training of employees: Properly training maintenance employees is essential to the efficient operation of the trails maintenance program. All employees should be thoroughly trained to understand and be aware of all of the abovementioned aspects of trail maintenance. Safety, a good work ethic, and proper care of equipment and tools will always be the backbone of a good training program. Employees must also be aware of the need for positive public contact. Proper positive attitude towards public questions and concerns is important, as is the conveyance of this information to trail supervisors.



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Researchers Present a Great Field Day at TRoE Center And uFoRE Nursery at the university of Minnesota On August 7, University of Minnesota researchers with support from the MTGF held a turf and grounds Field Day at TROE Center and UFORE Nursery on the UMN St. Paul campus. More than 200 people participated in this event including 22 sponsors. Forty-one MPSTMA members atttended. Field Day Highlights 4National Turfgrass Evaluation Trials and breeding of several turfgrass species 4Emerald Ash Borer and Dutch Elm Disease updates 4Improving the winter hardiness of perennial ryegrass 4Evaluation of turf management products for disease suppression, increased turf quality and stress tolerance 4Wetting agent influence on surface firmness and winter injury of putting greens 4Current insect and disease issues associated with horticultural plants 4Using growing degree days to schedule trinexapacethyl applications on creeping bentgrass putting greens: new knowledge 4Fine fescue species characteristics regarding divot recovery/response to traffic 4Fertilizer and turfgrass species effects on microbial populations in the soil 4Bee Lawns: new species options for lawns to improve pollinator habitat 4Pesticide runoff from fairways 4Turfgrass species drought evaluations The uMN researchers’ abstracts can be found in at The MTGF thanks the following sponsors for supporting Field Day: Hunter; John Deere Landscapes; Herc-U-Lift; Twin City Seed Company; TerraMax;

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Dr. Brian Horgan, professor at the University of Minnesota, addresses the 2014 UM/MTGF Field Day audience.

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STILL TIME TO ENTER YOUR FIELD FOR 2014 FIELD OF THE YEAR Enter your field! A complete MPSTMA / TURFCO Field of the Year application can be found at Photos must be included in the application. Application deadline is December 10, 2014. Certified Sports Field Managers will look at all entered fields reasonably located near the Twin Cities. Previous recipients may apply again. To apply, the field must be located in Minnesota. Questions can be directed to Greg Brodd, TURFCO Manufacturing, at 763-785-1000 or The field will be judged by: 1) Resourcefulness of the staff 2) Budget 3) Maintenance practices 4) Condition and aesthetics of the field 5) Number and type of games and events

PBI-Gordon Adds New Sales Rep PBI-Gordon Corporation is pleased to announce a new professional sales staff addition for the upper Midwest territory. Jeff Schmidt will now represent Gordon’s® Professional in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. Schmidt has been involved in the turf industry since 1991, serving in capacities ranging from assistant superintendent at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, to helping fellow turf pros as territory manager for Reinders, Inc. “Jeff Schmidt will be a tremendous asset to our sales team,” says Mark Miller, Vice President of Professional Products & Agricultural Sales for the PBI-Gordon turf and ornamental business. “His experience in the golf and professional turf industries give him the knowledge and expertise needed to provide exceptional service to our customers.” Schmidt earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University, majoring in horticulture with an emphasis in turf. A native Minnesotan, Jeff and his family reside in suburban Minneapolis.

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