Story credit: Jerad Minnick and Turf Republic, October 11, 2014
World reknowned turfgrass manager Jerad Minnick knows "a commitment to the existing grass fields around us can meet the immediate needs for safe, quality playing fields." Grass can do this at less cost than artificial alternatives, while meeting playability needs and using innovation for durability and player safety. "Existing turfgrass managers, provided with a few tools, can produce a low-cost, environmentally friendly field. In an age of needed job creation, committing money to maintain grass fields instead of building synthetic will create numerous new environmentally friendly jobs in the sports & park industry."
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With an existing field, as little as 1/10th of the amount of money needed for 1 synthetic field is needed to improve and maintain that grass field over 10 years. In a world of tight budgets, spending to improve and maintain 10 existing grass fields correctly instead of building 1 synthetic will make a significant difference.
Additionally, to build and maintain a quality grass field that is rainout proof, 1/3 to 1/2 of the monetary investment of a synthetic field is required over 10 years.
Read more about low-cost, environmentally friendly, durable, playable grass management from Turf Republic here.