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Alpine Services supports FALCAN and Maryland State Police truck and trailer safety seminar

URBANA, MARYLAND. Frederick Area Landscape Contractors and Nurserymen (FALCAN), an industry association in Maryland’s Frederick, Montgomery, and Carroll Counties, teamed with Maryland State Police to convene a truck and trailer safety seminar here on August 10. The seminar was for the benefit of contractors, drivers and anyone who uses trucks and trailers. The program was […]

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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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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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3 common water problems associated with athletic fields

Water is always a concern on sports fields.  The first thoughts on this subject usually include water flows, both up and down, through the soil structure, followed closely by irrigation systems and drainage. Fewer folks think about field and site design for water flow, although these considerations are actually larger and more important. Unfortunately, the natural […]

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