The Mow the Merrier (May 27, 2015)
Mowing Patterns — for sports turf managers the ballfield is our canvas. Special guest Dave Mellor (Head Groundskeeper, Boston Red Sox) describes how he paints pictures with more than a mower, tells us about some of his more interesting patterns with tricks and tips for the more intricate designs. In the Bullpen Session, Paul walks through both the basics and advanced techniques for creating the best patterns; but we learn that Theresa has a love/hate relationship with her patterns. In Turf Tech, we review several apps for turf and personal productivity.
- 13th century German monk Albertus Magnus wrote: “For the sight is in no way so pleasantly refreshed as by fine and close grass kept short.”
- Wikipedia: Lawns may have originated as grassed enclosures within early medieval settlements used for communal grazing of livestock, as distinct from fields reserved for agriculture. The word “laune” is first attested in 1540, and is likely related to the Celtic Brythonic word lan/llan/laun, which has the meaning of enclosure, often in relation to a place of worship.
▶ Segment 1: Bullpen Session
- Old story (2001) about the “new” trend of high-end mowing patterns and the first mention of the fear that it will bring advertising to the outfield.
- Geek out! The math behind figuring out the most efficient way to mow the lawn.
▶ Segment 2: Outta the Park
- Old Grounds Maint. article by Dave and Steve Wightman but has good list of how-to’s
- Dave’s book “Picture Perfect”
- Dave’s book “The Lawn Bible”
▶ Segment 3: Turf Tech
- Turfgrass Weed ID (University of GA); (Free and Paid) iOS only
- Sports Turf (NCSU): (Free) iOS; (Free) Android
- Sun Seeker: ($9.99) iOS; ($6.99) Android (no 3D)
- New Holland Farming weather forecast and service (New Holland): (Free) iOS; (Free) Android Note: We made a mistake in the podcast, there isn’t a turfgrass setting for this app- the evapotranspiration number is localized but would need to be adjusted for turfgrass by the manager (see this link for how-to:)
- *Optimize Me* actually called Optimized; ($3.99 – sorry, it must have been free on promotion) – iOS only
- Momentum; (Free and $4.99) iOS only