Beacon Athletics Diamond DaVincis

Let's talk ballfields.

This podcast is dedicated to the artistry and science of sports field management. Diamond Davincis celebrates the men and women in the sports field industry whose fields are their canvas. This podcast will discuss ballfields and their artists at all levels — from the little leagues to the bigs, and everywhere in between. From time to time we may venture into the world of football and soccer groundskeeping. Golf? Forget about it! They have their own shows. We hope to educate, inform and entertain you with interviews from around the sports field management industry. Give your mind a break while working on your fields and give us a listen. Email questions directly to podcast@beaconathletics.com.

Meet the Hosts

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.

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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.

▶ Introduction

  • 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

▶ Segment 2: Outta the Park

▶ Segment 3: Turf Tech

▶ Images