Sporturf Tech Tip #3 Mold and Fungus With Turf

Fungus, Mold Spots or Moss

The following instructions are provided to assist you if you ever need help with the removal of fungus, mold spots or moss from your turf. Like many other products that are outdoors and come into contact with the elements, your turf may at some point develop bacterial growth. If that does happen the following tips will help eliminate the issue.

  1. Use TurfStat™ PRO, a synthetic turf disinfectant is proven to kill germs on non-porous surfaces such as plastic (polystyrene, polypropylene), vinyl, fiberglass, non-porous rubber and washable synthetic fibers, at a rate of 1 part concentrate to 11 parts water and spray the area fully.
  2. Do NOT use high pressure water spray with stream force in excess of 2500 PSI as this can severely damage the turf.
  3. TurfStat™ PRO is an EPA registered disinfectant, MR. Clean and Vital Oxide Perform as needed but has not been EPA approved.
  4. Simple Green is another product that can be used as long as it is the bleach free formula.

As always with all of our tech tips if you need more clarification or additional assistance please contact your Regional Account Manager before working on your next project.

Below are some tips on  daily turf usage:

1. Footwear should be restricted to ½” molded cleats
2. Stance areas for baseball/softball, Lacrosse and soccer goal mouths face abnormal
wear patterns and must be monitored daily.(See section II)
3. Band Practices may cause abnormal wear and the field must be monitored for rubber
loss in high trac areas.
4. Pets or animals should not be allowed on artificial turf areas.
5. Non authorized vehicles should not be allowed on turf. Light machinery such as
Gators, tractors and golf carts are permissible with turf tires only.
6. No food, chewing gum, sunflower seeds and/or tobacco products on playing surface.
7. Daily cleaning of surface should be hand-picked. Vacuums with dual motors and leaf
blowers recommended.
8. Turf grooming and cleaning must be done by trained sta and authorized equipment
9. Steps must be taken to prevent dirt/debris from collecting onto surface from nearby
trees and parking lot trash.

Learn About the Synthetic Turf Council Today!

The Synthetic Turf Council is a 501(c)6 non-profit trade association serving the synthetic turf industry.
Vision
To improve the world through synthetic turf
Mission
To serve as the global forum to promote, develop, grow and advocate for the synthetic turf industry.
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To be the voice of our industry by promoting the benefits of synthetic turf systems.

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Synthetic Turf Council Contact Information

Synthetic Turf Council

2331 Rock Spring Road

Forest Hill, MD 21050

443-640-1067

 

Dan Bond, CAE

President & Chief Executive Officer

dan@syntheticturfcouncil.org

(443) 640-1067, ext.1143

Melanie Taylor

Associate Director

melanie@syntheticturfcouncil.org

(443) 640-1067, ext. 1142

 

Maria Donovan, QAS

Director of Membership

maria@syntheticturfcouncil.org

(443) 640-1067, ext. 1137

 

Lisa Blair

Association Coordinator

lisa@syntheticturfcouncil.org

(443) 640-1067, ext. 1121

San Diego State University Chooses Sporturf

Designer: David DiGeronimo with DMA Sports Group

Architect: Swinerton

Contractor: AFE Sports

Product: FL510T-95

Note: a 95 oz 1 3/4” pile slit film with a nylon thatch.

Infill: Zeofill

Field: Multi-use-soccer, lacrosse, and rugby

When asked about the install David DiGeronimo of DMA Sports Group had this to say, “Sporturf supplied the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks specification flawlessly for the SDSU Project. Sporturf was selected based on its reputation as a leader in manufacturing turf.  Key points taken away in working with the SportsTurf team were it was easy, great communication and open to the specification that the Owner wanted produced, which is not easy.  Our firm (DMA) visited the plant and reviewed the manufacturing process, which exceed all expectations with the cleanliness, quality control process and worker safety utilized in the manufacturing plant. The project was built in conjunction with AFE Sports, Brock Pad YSR and Zeolite Infill.  The field has played extremely well since August and with 95 oz of yarn it’s holding up extremely well to the high usage of the college community.  Thank you Sporturf team on a well produced product and openness to fit our clients needs with no hassle’s!”

SDSU’s field is a multipurpose field home to multiple sports including soccer, lacrosse and rugby. The Aztec Recreation department provides high quality programs, services and facilities that inspire active, healthy living and enhance the SDSU experience which is one of the main reasons they chose Sporturf. The Recreation Field features state-of-the art turf and lighting systems. The new turf technology provides lowered field temperatures and maximum shock reduction for participants. This Green built space also utilizes highly focused LED lighting that minimizes shadows and power consumption. Located north of SDSU Parking Structure 12, the Recreation Field is available daily for drop-in play and also hosts recreational activities, including Aztec Recreation Group Fitness classes, ENS Credit classes, Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs.

About Swinerton

Swinerton traces its roots back to 1888, when a young Swedish immigrant formed a brick masonry and contracting business in Los Angeles to serve the growing city in its post–Gold Rush building boom.

Since our earliest days building along the Western frontier, the company has survived and thrived through two world wars, the Great Depression and Recession, dynamic cultural movements, and natural disasters. Since Swinerton’s earliest days, our exceptional craftsmanship has helped us create celebrated landmark projects throughout the West and beyond.

The company now has over 3,500 employees from coast to coast, and along the way we’ve helped build communities from the peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the Hawaiian Islands, from the Gulf of Alaska to the jungles of Colombia. The company still operates under California contractor’s license number 92—the one it obtained in 1927 when the state first began issuing licenses. Many Swinerton-built structures now claim a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and other architectural preservation lists.

Sporturf Tech Tip #2 Dealing With Static Electricity on Your Turf

Please continue reading below to learn about static electricity in your synthetic turf
If you live in an area with low-humidity you may experience static electricity in your synthetic turf. To reduce static electricity buildup in your you will need to mix 3 tbsp. liquid fabric softener  to 32 oz. water (1 quart) in a spray bottle. Set the spray bottle nozzle to mist and simply walk over the synthetic turf while spraying the solution. There is no need to saturate the turf with the solution just a light spray will do the trick.   This simple solution will greatly reduce the buildup of static electricity in your turf.

Please follow up with your Account Manager if you have any further questions before starting your next project. You can also refer back to your installation guidelines for complete details.

Dustin Loggins

Midwest Regional Account Manager
(706) 508-2526 dustinloggins@sporturf.com

Hunter Pratt

Gulf Coast Regional Account Manager
(706) 980-8915 hunterpratt@sporturf.com

Demond Moore

Southeast Regional Account Manager
706-913-5033 demondmoore@sporturf.com

Mac Clark

Northwest Regional Account Manager

Greg Holloway

Southwestern Regional Account Manager
706-671-0029 gregholloway@sporturf.com

 

Below are some tips on  daily turf usage:

1. Footwear should be restricted to ½” molded cleats
2. Stance areas for baseball/softball, Lacrosse and soccer goal mouths face abnormal
wear patterns and must be monitored daily.(See section II)
3. Band Practices may cause abnormal wear and the field must be monitored for rubber
loss in high trac areas.
4. Pets or animals should not be allowed on artificial turf areas.
5. Non authorized vehicles should not be allowed on turf. Light machinery such as
Gators, tractors and golf carts are permissible with turf tires only.
6. No food, chewing gum, sunflower seeds and/or tobacco products on playing surface.
7. Daily cleaning of surface should be hand-picked. Vacuums with dual motors and leaf
blowers recommended.
8. Turf grooming and cleaning must be done by trained sta and authorized equipment
9. Steps must be taken to prevent dirt/debris from collecting onto surface from nearby
trees and parking lot trash.

Check out the Facility Designer on the Sporturf Website

 

The Sporturf Facility Designer can be used to design a customized training area for your facility.

First set the turf color and outer dimensions, then add hash lines, ladders, and agility dots. Upload your logo (a PNG file with transparent background works best) and drag-and-drop it into place. Your logo can be rotated and scaled to the desired size.

Finally, fill out the Contact Information section and submit the design. An email with a link to the design PDF file will be sent to you and you will be assigned an Account Manager! Test our facility designer today!

 

Trimming Selvedge from Foam Backed Product

When trimming the selvedge on a foam backed product you will need some tools to help you complete this.  You will need a:

  • carpet knife or slide knife.
  • replaceable blades.
  • T-shaped Hex key (3/32” or 6 mm)

Unroll the foam backed synthetic turf face up.  Starting at the edge of the roll at the selvedge you will find the stitch rows.  From the selvedge, count in 2 stitch rows.  Starting at the edge of the roll, take your T-shaped hex key and place it between the second and the third stitch row.  Start pushing the hex key through the length of the stitch roll so that it separates the fibers of the second and third tuft row.  You may need to do this several times before you get a good separation of the tuft rows.

After the tuft rows have been separated you will see a definitive line. Take your carpet knife with a new blade and start cutting between the 2nd and 3rd tufted rows.  It is important that you try and maintain a straight cut along these separated tuft rows.  Keep your replaceable blades handy and keep a sharp one in your knife. This will help you maintain a straight cut. Remember to always dispose of used blades in an appropriate container.

Need AIA Credits? Remember Sporturf!

We introduced our newest AIA course last year and thought we would bring it up again incase any of our fellow architects hadn’t had time to check it out! We are continiuing to offer this course for AIA credits. Please reach out to our corporate office or your local Regional Account Manager to set up a presentation.

AIA CES Course: Synthetic Turf Then & Now

Course Number-ST2019.

This is a 200-level course that allows Sporturf to offer highly requested Learning Units (LU) and requires an in-person presentation by our sales team.

With our new level to course you earn 1 LU.

We look forward to meeting you and educating your team on the history, technological advances and varying applications of synthetic turf.

Please contact your respective Regional Account Manager to set up your in-person presentation today.

Dustin Loggins

Midwest Regional Account Manager
(706) 508-2526 dustinloggins@sporturf.com

Hunter Pratt

Gulf Coast Regional Account Manager
(706) 980-8915 hunterpratt@sporturf.com

Demond Moore

Southeast Regional Account Manager
706-913-5033 demondmoore@sporturf.com

Mac Clark

Northwest Regional Account Manager

Greg Holloway

Southwestern Regional Account Manager
706-671-0029 gregholloway@sporturf.com

UAB Upgrades Facility With Sporturf

Product: Fast Grass AT740 5mm

Dealer/Installer: RS Sport Surfaces

Location: University of Alabama-Birmingham  Birmingham, AL

Date: Fall 2019

Sporturf dealer RS Sport Surfaces worked with the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) to install Sporturf’s Fast Grass AT740 in their indoor training area. The turf included custom logo work, hash marks and five different colors. UAB needed a strong and durable product that could withstand daily training sessions that included not only college athletes but also extensive equipment use.

About Fast Grass AT740

This non-rubber infilled turf has all the advantages of previous generations and perform even higher in wear and resistance tests. The blend of nylon and polyethylene is an almost perfect 50/50 combination. This gives you the true ball roll of a traditional nylon field, with the softness of the new generation rubber-filled turf. No rubber infill makes maintenance easier and means there will be no messy crumb rubber dragged throughout your space. These systems can also be portable with added 4” or 8” Velcro.

 

About RS Sport Surfaces

RS Sports Surfaces specializes in providing high-quality, safe surfaces for every type of athlete. Their floors work in concert with the athletes’ bodies to improve training performance and help reduce injuries. From high-level collegiate weight rooms and recreation centers to basic home gyms, they equip all types of facilities all over the southeastern US with Ecore Athletic flooring. Their turn key flooring service is second to none.

 

Check out the Facility Designer on the Sporturf Website

 

The Sporturf Facility Designer can be used to design a customized training area for your facility.

First set the turf color and outer dimensions, then add hash lines, ladders, and agility dots. Upload your logo (a PNG file with transparent background works best) and drag-and-drop it into place. Your logo can be rotated and scaled to the desired size.

Finally, fill out the Contact Information section and submit the design. An email with a link to the design PDF file will be sent to you and you will be assigned an Account Manager! Test our facility designer today!

 

Sporturf Ice Removal and Winterizing Tips

Turf is fine in the ice and cold, however you still need to know how to treat it and effectively remove snow and ice.

Snow and Ice Removal

SNOW AND ICE ARE NOT HAMRFUL TO ARTIFICAL TURF and generally should be left to melt system without assistance. At times, however, it is necessary to remove snow or ice to make the designated area ready to be used for whatever use you may need it for. The working principle for removing snow is to reduce the likelihood of new snow buildup and will reduce the risk of ice from its cold winds whipping across a damp, newly cleared surface. Because ice removal is more difficult, the prevention of ice buildup is important.

Use caution when using a sidewalk deicer that contains chloride around your synthetic turf. Chloride has characteristics that breakdown the UV protection of the product.  This could cause discoloration and a breakdown in the fibers.  We recommend using a deicing product that contains Calcium magnesium acetate (CMA).  CMA has a PH level around 6 which is about the same as tap water.  Because it is less corrosive, it does not cause a breakdown of the sidewalk itself and has a minimal effect on the environment.

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