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Vol. 3, No. 4 Winter 2013-14

Minnesota State’s Blakelee Stadium Is Turfco/MPSTMA Field of the Year When There is Too Much Traffic: Weeds Provide the Congestion MPSTMA Spring Workshop Set for March 11 at Northwestern University


“DedicatedPeoplearetheBackbone oftheMPSTMA”



Well, the cold and snow is upon us and so ends another year. This past year had its ups and downs but, overall, it was another successful year. As I step aside as president of the MPSTMA and bow to the new president, one thing became clear in my mind, and that is the dedication and professionalism of the committee members. This is a great group of people always looking to bring its members the best training, conference opportunities and associated events to the membership to increase our knowledge and skill sets. I would like to personally thank all committee members: Roger Weinbrenner CSFM, Jeff Hintz, Matt Grosjean, Amy Howard, Mike McDonald CSFM, Paul Griffin, Mark Sullivan, Gregg Engle, Steve Gilbertson, Dave Nozal, Jon Almquist, Mike Brunelle and Greg Hoag. I would also like to recognize the time and efforts of the MPSTMA Board members listed at the right. And, I would hope you too will thank them when you attend one of the many great events in the future. It is because of dedicated people in the MPSTMA we continue to grow and learn.


I hope to see you at the Northern Green Expo. The MPSTMA Annual Meeting is set for Thurs., Jan. 9. Earlier that morning, MPSTMA members were invited to attend an Appreciation Breakfast at Key’s Restaurant in the Foshay Tower.



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MPSTMA Spring Workshop Set March 11 At Northwestern University in St. Paul On March 11, MPSTMA members will congregate at Northwestern University in St. Paul. The Spring Workshop Committee, Jeff Hintz, Roger Weinbrenner, CGCS, and Nick Germann, are in the process of putting the program together. The plan is to have two tracks. A Management track and an employee track. Tabletop displays are available for MPSTMA Commercial members. General registration and tabletop information is available at and also will be sent via email. At this time, mark your calendars for Tues., March 11 and plan to attend the MPSTMA Spring Workshop at Northwestern University in St. Paul.

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Minnesota State’s Blakeslee Field is 2013 TURFCO/MPSTMA Field of the Year

Turfco is proud to announce this year’s Field of The Year. For 2013, the Blakeslee Stadium at Minnesota State University has been awarded the MPSTMA Field of the Year. Bruce Leivermann and his staff at the University provide athletes with an exceptional field. Greg Brodd, Turfco Manufacturing said: “ The challenges they encountered and have overcome are a true testament to their dedication. Turfco is very proud to be able to acknowledge and support the efforts of the staff at Minnesota State University with this award.”

The Blakeslee Stadium at the University of Mankato was built in 1962. The home field of the Maverick Football team, Women’s Soccer team, Minnesota Viking training camp and Drums of Thunder band competition. They also host regional playoff college football and soccer matches. (Continued on Page 5)

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Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation Celebrates 20 Years And $1,000,000 Funding Towards Turf and Grounds Research As a member of MPSTMA, you also become a member of the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation (MTGF). The MTGF, which began in 1993, celebrates 20 years of promoting the green industry through support of research, education and outreach at the University of Minnesota and elsewhere. In March, the MTGF will have donated more than $1,000,000 dollars since 1993 towards turf and grounds research relevant to Minnesota’s landscape and climate. "A milestone of such great success does not happen without great leadership. All of the past Presidents and MTGF Board of Directors who helped steer the foundation these past 20 years are very proud of this achievement. The MTGF is in great shape to do even greater things in the next 20 years," said David Oberle, MTGF President The MTGF is comprised of seven turf and grounds-related organizations. They are: Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents’ Association (MGCSA), Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association (MPSTMA); Minnesota Society of Arborists (MSA), Minnesota Educational Facility Management Professionals (MASMS); Minnesota Association of Cemeteries (MAC), Minnesota Sod Association (MSA);

Minnesota Turf Seed Council (MTSC). “Since 1993 I have had the opportunity to work with people who had a vision for the green industry in Minnesota. These individuals developed a seed that was planted and nurtured by many organizations that all came together under one banner creating opportunities to support education, research and outreach. I am grateful to have be a part of this great adventure and wish to thank all who have given their time and efforts along with the current board members and associations. With their guidance and support the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation continues into the future to have a positive effect on the greens industry.� – Dave Kemp, Minnesota Association of Cemeteries. The MTGF annually co-sponsors the Northern Green Expo (NGE) with the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA). This 3-day event, to be held Jan. 8-10, 2014 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, offers many speakers who present green industry professionals with edu-



cation and re-certification requirements. This event also provides the dollars needed to fund research through its Research Gift Program. The MTGF’s Research Gift Program allows researchers, instructors and outreach faculty and staff involved in turf and grounds work, annually submit requests for unrestricted gifts to support their activities. Every March, the MTGF Board of Directors review requests for research dollars and decide which requests to help fund. "I would like to formally recognize and thank the MTGF for their support. Over the last 20 years and through the gifts provide by the MTGF, our turfgrass science program has made significant impacts through the creation of the TROE Center, applied research and outreach programs. Thank you MTGF for the last two decades. We are grateful and look forward to the future," said Brian Horgan, Ph.D., University of Minnesota. The MTGF sponsors an annual educational event called “Super Tuesday.� The MTGF bases this allday seminar around a theme currently concerning professionals involved in the Minnesota green industry. This year’s Super Tuesday focuses on “Water and its Effects on the Green Industry.� A variety of aspects will be covered, ranging from Minnesota’s climatology, storm water management, to current water issues being discussed at the State Capitol. I’m honored and proud to have served on the board of directors of the MTGF since its inception 1993, being part of what has been accomplished, the many initiatives supported, and the recognition achieved in the green industry. The MTGF allows and encourages the diversity of the green industry to come together for support, accurate and timely information, and the educational opportunities to learn and grow. The future looks bright.� – Tom Redmann, Minnesota Educational Facility Management Professionals. WINTER 2013-14

When There is Too Much Traffic, Summer Annual Weeds Provide the Congestion By MATT CAVANAUGH PBI Gordon Corporation Traffic, I hate it! No, not the mound of baseball and softball kind you see on 35W South are all spots ideal for summer “Weed control in sports turf heading into Minneapolis, but annuals (Picture 1). the foot traffic you see on your Yes, sports turf managers that is overseeded can be sports fields. There is seldom a deal with perennials like dandedifficult, but with a few time of year when traffic is not lion, white clover and broadleaf pounding over your sports turf. plantain, but the biggest issue in correct products and a At least it is job security, right? sports turf are summer annual Every sport leaves a little differweeds. little planning, you’ll be ent reminder it was there. In Minnesota my top summer seeing these weeds in Soccer, football, lacrosse, baseannual weeds in sports turf are ball, softball and so on. As a turprostrate spurge, yellow woodyour rearview mirror.” fgrass manager you know the sorrel (Oxalis), crabgrass and turf hates all traffic, but weeds the one that thrives in traffic the love the voids in turf that is crebest…wait for it (like traffic)... ated by traffic, especially summer annuals. Summer annual prostrate knotweed. Of these four weeds, I can even narweeds thrive in many conditions, but especially love the row it down to knotweed and crabgrass as the weeds sports bare, compacted soils caused by foot traffic. Between the turf managers deal with the most. Summer annuals comhash marks and the 30’s of a football field, the goal mouth plete their lifecycle in one year. Depending on the weed, of soccer and lacrosse (which is gaining popularity and germination begins in the early spring or throughout the causing an increase in traffic and maintenance), and don’t (Continued on Page 8) forget the base lines around home plate and the pitchers Picture 1

Wear patterns from three different sports: Soccer (background), lacrosse (middle) and football (foreground).

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Pitchers mound wear spot (among other issues).


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summer, they flower, setseed and then die in the fall (Figure 1). Though all summer annuals die in the fall, they germinate at many different times of the year. Knotweed is one of the first summer annual weeds to germinate in the spring (McCarty, 2008). It is first noticed germinating along concrete and asphalt where soil warms up the quickest in the spring. Knotweed seedlings are often confused with young crabgrass seedlings, but knotweed generally (Continued on Page 9)

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germintates two to three weeks earlier than crabgrass (photos below). Crabgrass germination is generally around May 15th in Minnesota, but more specifically, crabgrass will germinate when average soil temperatures reach 57 to 64 degrees F at a one-inch soil depth (Fidanza et al., 1996). Prostrate spurge will generally germinate in June/July and will grow very quickly to produce seed within 5 weeks, possibly allowing for an additional crop of plants (Patton, 2013). Yellow woodsorrel is one of the latest germinating summer annuals with many not seen until late July and early August with germination into September (Ross and Lembi, 1985). Annuals in general use the philosophy of “Win the War with Numbers” as they are prolific seed producers (many perennials can also use the same philoso-

phy). Prostrate knotweed can produce 6,000 seeds per plant and large crabgrass can produce 150,000 seeds per plant (McCarty, 2008). This presents a problem. In order to stay ahead of the wear spots caused by traffic, overseeding practices are often implemented with desirable turfgrass species such as Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass. With this in mind, it would make sense that many sports turf managers do not have the option of using preemergence herbicides in their sports turf. Most of the preemergent options that would be used for weed control (mostly crabgrass) are not able to be used as they would also prevent the establishment of the desirable seed that has been applied to the fields. Preemergent herbicide labels will state, “Reseeding or overseeding of treated areas within three months may inhibit the establishment of desirable turfgrasses” or similar precautions. There are a few unique products that are available with the ability to

Prostrate knotweed germination April 27th, 2013

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Crabgrass germination June 4th. Big difference in best germination times.


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So, most of the time we can’t use preemergence herbicides on the seeded areas and there are many stipulations on (ContinuedfromPage9) most postemergent herbicides stating we have to wait. Like sitting in traffic, we don’t like to wait. We need to be applied directly to newly seeded areas and will control apply seed and we need to kill weeds. What are the weeds like crabgrass preemergently without impacting the options then? We live in an instant gratification society so desirable seeded species, and there are some products that I understand your situation. can be used to control crabgrass postemergently into newly There are several post-emergent herbicides on the marseeded areas (Table ket that are very 1). However, there unique and require are few herbicide one week or less options that have “If you think about the life cycle between herbicide preemergent and application and of these plants, spring/summer postemergent activibeing able to seed ty on knotweed, germination and dead by fall, the these areas. Some spurge and yellow of these unique best time for control is spring/early woodsorrel that can postemergent prodsummer when these weeds are be safely seeded into ucts are listed in quickly (Table 1). young and actively growing.” Table 1 along with Okay, we have not some preemergent come to a complete options. Remember stop yet as we still to consult labels for have options. There are plenty of postemergent broadleaf specific directions and a list of weeds controlled as not all and grassy weed herbicides on the market. However, most weeds will be controlled by all products. postemergent herbicide product labels require a 3 to 4 Now that we have a few options, summer annual week waiting period after application of the herbicide weed control is best done when they are young and before seeding can be done and many herbicides cannot be actively growing. If you think about the life cycle of applied to newly germinated seedlings for several weeks these plants, spring/summer germination and dead by fall, (dang, hitting the breaks hard). Labels will generally have the best time for control is spring/early summer when statements similar to “Treated areas may be reseeded 3 these weeds are young and actively growing (Figure 1 on weeks after application” and “Delay applications of this Page 7). product to grass seedlings until after the second mowing.”

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This presents a little problem as well. Remember that knotweed germinates very early and oxalis germinates very late so there may be a need for more than one herbicide application. Spring or summer weed control is opposite of the traditional fall herbicide applications for weed control. Fall is a great time for perennial weeds that are sending nutrients into the root system to prepare for winter and thus pulling herbicide with it, resulting in better control. Air and soil temperatures are also more favorable in the fall and soil moisture is better than in the heat of the summer. Fall is also great for winter annual weed control as they are young and actively growing. Because summer annuals are completing most of their life cycle in the heat of the summer, they often have a cuticle that is thicker (to help reduce water loss in the heat). This reduces penetration of herbicides into the plant, thus reducing your ability to control these weeds. The longer you wait to control summer annual weeds, the more difficult it becomes. If fall applications are used to kill summer annual weeds you are wasting your money. They have already completed their life cycle and are on the way out anyway. You need to get to summer annual weeds early in their life cycle (Figure 2). Weed control in sports turf that is over seeded can be difficult, but with a few correct products and a little planning, you’ll be seeing these weeds in your rearview mirror.

References Fidanza, M.A., P.H. Dernoeden, and M. Zhang. 1996. Degreedays for predicting smooth crabgrass emergence in cool-season turfgrass. Crop Sci. 36:990-996. McCarty, L.B., J.W. Everest, D.W. Hall, T.R. Murphy, F. Yelverton. 2008. Color Atlas of Turfgrass Weeds. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Patton, A.J. and D.V. Veisenberger. 2013. Turfgrass Weed Control for Professionals. Purdue University Resource Extension Publication AY-336. Ross, M. A. and C. A. Lembi. 1985. Applied weed science. Macmillan Publ. Comp. NY.

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Traffic results in thin turf.


Summer annual weeds invade thin turf – Crabgrass, knotweed, spurge and yellow woodsorrel.


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There are few herbicide options that can be used on newly seeded or soon to be seeded areas.


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Scenes from the Fall Workshop at Wayzata H. S. On September 11, the City of Plymouth and Wayzata Schools hosted the MPSTMA Fall Workshop. The event attracted 111 people including 19 vendors. Freezing rain forced the tabletop displays and education sessions indoors underneath the Wayzata High School football stadium. The weather soon passed and vendors were able to display their equipment outsided adjacent to the stadium. SAM BAUER Andy Dick, Anoka Technical University of Minnesota College was the first speaker and he talked about the future of gasoline engines. Next up, also from Anoka Technical College, was Kit Wilchin, who thoroughly engaged the audience with his style and topic “Dealing with Personalities.” Sam Bauer, University of Minnesota, kept the crowd attentive with a talk on Ryegrass. The next event for MPSTMA members is the Spring Workshop which will be held at Northwestern University in St. Paul on Tuesday, March 11. Mark your calendars, more information will be forwarded.

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commercial Member SPOTLIGHT Gary Ringus:  PROPERTY PROPS (Editor’s Note: The following interview provides some insight about startup companies - in particular Property Props, a member of our association since 2009. We asked for some feedback from Gary Ringus, President and sole owner of the company.) Why did you decide to start the company? Like many folks, I think A. about working independently and also about products or services that are unique. In my case, I was laid up with a leg injury and thought about business strategies for three new companies in the fall of 2008 and decided to proceed with Property Props. I also decided to focus on the commercial market because all of you seem to be doing more work with the same or fewer resources, so manpower productivity is important. As Rick Beane, current president of MPSTMA, mentioned in a recent article "The biggest

GARY RINGUS, sole owner of Property Props, at his booth at the Northern Green Expo. Ringus also annually supports the MPSTMA Spring and Fall Workshops.

challenge is time. It seems we never have enough time to do the level of detail we would like." Our view is that our products should help reduce the maintenance time for certain tasks allowing crews to accomplish more of their other projects and tasks.

What are the challenges with a startup? A. Unlike large companies with deep pockets, the main challenge is marketing - delivering a message to a receptive audience with products that meet specific needs. I am not sure how deep the need is for our products. In some cases, they can be justified. In other situations, people indicate they would like to purchase but don't have the funds to do so. We are in our fifth year and I am still trying to figure the market out. How is marketing different than sales? A. Behind a sales event (exchange of information between prospective buyer and seller and final close) are a number of decisions about product development especially with advantages over alternatives, market intelligence about competition,

Exhibiting at the 2013 MPSTMA Spring Workshop at the University of St. Thomas. Gary Ringus, left, along with his salesman Mike Peschel in golf shirt in background.

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Property Props(Continued from Page 13) message creation (communication elements), pricing decisions, and media forums for communicating to prospective buyers. How did you develop the products? A. My initial idea was to provide products (POSTGUARD, FENCEGUARD) which would eliminate unnecessary work eliminating much of the trimming around posts and beneath fences. By working with one of our manufacturers, I secured the rights to market products which would incorporate something they had created initially as decking material; I call them Slatz and we developed some applications for golf bunkers and flexible flooring. Our salesman, Mike Peschel, visited with folks at Fort Snelling to see if there were larger opportunities and SlatTraxÂŽ was developed following initial manual use of our Slatz on a semi-permanent construction road.

Property Props salesman Mike Peschel with SlatTrax.

What is different about your products? A. I have always wanted to create products that are truly unique and have a "win-win-win" outcome when they are purchased and used. I can say that we are achieving that with our products. It's rewarding to hear that our customers like our products and it means new business for our suppliers. The challenge is that they don't necessarily fit within budgeted needs. Our products don't appear on a list of items budgeted. Also, we don't fit into a category of products when it comes to advertising or shows.

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A. I appreciate the opportunity to share some information. I also want everyone to know that we are always open to new ideas as we expand our line. In fact, as has occurred in the past, Property Props pays royalties for inventions if they are unique and can be sold into the industry. As my cohorts can attest, there's a lot involved in developing an idea into a product and bringing it to market.

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A publication for Parks and Sports Turf managers.