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Enjoy Warm-Season Sports on Turfgrass Maintained According to ASTM Guide

Athletes in a variety of sports enjoy competition on warm-season turfgrass, a native or hybrid grass developed specifically to withstand warm southern climates.

In June, ASTM International released a new turfgrass guide — F 2269, Standard Guide for Maintaining Warm Season Turfgrasses on Athletic Fields — providing minimum requirements for sustaining quality warm-season sports fields.

The standard offers landscape architects, sports turf managers and other stakeholders “vital information necessary to produce quality warm-season athletic fields for all ages and levels of competition for amateur to professional players,” says Steve Guise, a Sports Turf consultant/agronomist with Guise & Associates, Fullerton, Calif., and director of Business Development for Marina Landscape, Anaheim, Calif. “A well maintained turfgrass playing field provides a safer surface for the athlete,” he says.

Guise led a task group of sports turf managers, consultants, agronomists, landscape architects, and engineers to develop the standard under the guidelines of ASTM Subcommittee F08.64 Natural Playing Surfaces in Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities.

For further technical information, contact Guise (phone: 714/704-0403). Committee F08 meets Nov. 19-22 in Tampa, Fla. For membership or meeting details, contact Jim Olshefsky, director, Committee Services, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9714). //

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