Athletic Field Services
Sport Turf Supply, Inc.
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Turf and Environmental Athletic Management
In turf managemement, a proper integrated pest management (IPM) system incorporates a variety of
control methods for managing pests. Sport Turf Supply's TEAM program includes:
Proper Soil Management - Many turf problems can be traced to soils that are excessively wet, dry,
acidic, or alkaline, and to soils that are infertile, prone to compaction, impenetrable, or full of debris.
Fertile soils with a pH of between 6 and 7 are desirable. Soil testing can identify problem areas which
can be corrected over time with proper cutltural maintenance practices, soil amendments and biological
Cultural Maintenance Practices - Proper nutrients (fertilization) combined with mowing,
watering, aeration, vertical mowing and topdressing can be combined to reduce weed, insect, and
disease problems and to produce turf of high quality.
Biological amendments - The use of organic biological amendments can enhance a fertilizer
program by increasing the plant's nutrient uptake. It can also improve water filtration in soils and
stimulate root mass growth. Dr. Dirt's Natural-Based fertilizers and organics help the turf plants
maintain more balanced growth and remarkable stress tolerance under difficult conditions such as high
temperatures, extreme drought, high salinity, low mowing heights, high traffic, herbicide applications,
and disease pressures.
Pest Management - Contrary to some beliefs, pesticides are often used as part of a well-rounded
integrated pest management system. They are selected and applied responsibly to avoid health risks to
living organisms other than those targeted. Generally, Sport Turf Supply uses pesticides that have low
toxicity, are effective against the pest that is present (but not damaging to other living organisms), and
have the least persistence. Using the most effective application methods and timing can also help to
reduce costs and provide optimal control.