Archive | Athletic Fields

Athletic fields that don’t drain well need laser grading

Surface conditions often dictate an athletic field’s playability.  Depressions, caused by bad design or wear, hold water which consequently limits play.  This is especially true in spring when snowmelt and abundant rain exacerbate drainage problems. Fields must be precisely graded so that water will run away from the play area and continue past the benches […]

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Avoiding the pitfalls of underground drains

Underground drains are commonly used on natural and artificial turf athletic fields.  Unfortunately, significant issues related to drainage systems’ performance are often overlooked in project specifications and during construction.  Here are a few pitfalls you should avoid. Trench bottom grading tolerances Although the depth of an underground drainage ditch is usually specified in a contract, […]

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Alpine Services completes new volleyball court at Georgetown University

Georgetown University wanted to build a new volleyball court for student use between three of its dormitories.  They specified a regulation court that was to meet the needs of several classes of play and remain dry and playable in an outdoor setting.  The university provided the initial bid documents, specifying the provider of all volleyball equipment, […]

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Alpine’s founder, Grove Teates, selected for a synthetic turf subcommittee charged with developing new industry standards

The Synthetic Turf Council (STC) recently appointed Grove Teates, founder of Alpine Services, Inc., to its subcommittee on new standards. STC, a trade organization based in Atlanta that represents companies associated with the synthetic turf industry, strives to keep its members current on turf technology, standards and best practices.  Council members meet twice each year to […]

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Good athletic fields start with good construction specifications

Many new athletic fields look old and/or do not function properly.  Often the “lousy contractor” is blamed for “doing a bad job.” Job specifications Contractors bid and perform work by specifications that are provided by the owner or his architect or engineer.  Frequently these designers do not know how to write good set of athletic […]

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Coconut husk and cork infill is the secret to building a cool synthetic turf field

Alpine recently completed the base for a cool synthetic turf field for the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland. The field, in the Lakelands Park community, is guaranteed to be no more than 10 degrees above the ambient temperature at all times. The temperature guarantee is possible because of coconut husk and cork infill used in the […]

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Compost is an excellent source of humus and green grass (and job security)

Athletic field managers often seek an organic source for humus to combat compaction, enhance water holding, and counter low cation exchange capacities (CEC) in athletic field soils.  Compost is essential to growing good grass (and keeping your job). Many good groundspeople turn to compost for aid and comfort because it provides a concentrated source of […]

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Now is the time to prepare grass athletic fields for winter (and next spring) with Alpine’s 3-step, Punch-N-Fill process

Alpine highly recommends shattering the earth via a Punch-N-Fill process now (late fall) as the best way to leverage nature’s remarkable winter rejuvenating tendency and to assure healthy athletic fields in the spring. The process includes several steps beginning with aeration using an AerWay aerator (see photo). The AerWay’s tines have an optimum curve that […]

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