New sports turf management book levels the playing field

By Jennifer Howard

Carolina sports fields host a spectrum of competitive and recreational play, from Little League baseball diamonds to high-profile professional football arenas. Regardless of skill set, every athlete deserves a safe, high-quality surface, which levels the relative — playing field. Turfgrass experts Grady Miller from NC State and Bert McCarty of Clemson University co-authored a new, comprehensive guide to help Carolina sports field managers grow and maintain their athletic fields. 

Sports turf management book cover“Bert McCarty and I wrote Best Management Practices for Carolina Sports Fields to serve as a reference guide for sports field managers, students, and even regulatory agencies,” said Grady Miller, NC State professor of turfgrass management. “It’s a completely updated and expanded volume with 90% more content than our first sports turf book that was published back in 2005.”

The book provides topical information on sports field design, installation and management with an eye toward the Carolinas’ climatic transition zone, presenting unique turf growing conditions and pest management needs that necessitate a dedicated regional approach. While an essential read for the Southeast, McCarty and Miller believe their new text has application for other areas of the country.

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