STP1073

    Feasibility Assessment of Randomly Oriented, Interlocking Mesh Element Matrices for Turfed Root Zones

    Published: Jan 1990


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    Abstract

    Turfgrass injury and reduced playing surface quality are increasing problems on intensively trafficked turfs such as sports fields and race courses. Feasibility investigations were conducted concerning the use of randomly oriented, interlocking mesh element root zone matrices for the purpose of providing reduced divoting, better soil-turf stabilization, increased traction, and improved uniformity of ball bounce. Mesh element inclusion substantially reduced divot opening width and length and lateral cleat tear. This resulted in twice as rapid divot recovery. The mesh element matrices had no effect on ball bounce resiliency, but substantially enhanced the consistency of ball bounce. The traction and compression displacement results were variable. Soil moisture levels were consistently higher in the mesh element matrices treatment. This feasibility investigation revealed that augmentation with mesh element inclusions provided significant benefits in reduced turfgrass injury and a more uniform playing surface.

    Keywords:

    playing fields, ball bounce, bermuda grass, compression displacement, divot size and recovery, sport fields, tear resistance


    Author Information:

    Beard, JB
    Professor and research associate, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

    Sifers, SI
    Professor and research associate, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX


    Paper ID: STP25359S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F08.52

    DOI: 10.1520/STP25359S


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