Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Successful Event!

A huge Thank You to Andy Levy at the University of Phoenix Stadium for hosting a successful training this morning!
Thanks also to Dr. Kopec with the University of Arizona and Jimmy Fox of Evergreen Turf for speaking.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Arizona Parks and Recreation Annual Conference and Maintenance Day

APRA Conference & Trade Show

Soil, Salt River & Sod: APRA 2012 Parks Maintenance Day

Wednesday, August 29, 2012  Talking Stick Resort  Click here for the official flyer


Conference Registration and Online Room Reservations are officially open!

Join us for a great day focusing on Soil, Salt River and Sod. The day starts with excellent educational sessions by Dr. Kopec.  After lunch, we depart to the newly constructed Talking Stick Field Stadium where Marshall Jennings, head groundskeeper, will show you behind the scenes. The day wraps up with a tour of the West Cost Turf Farm lead by Joe Traficano. Take this opportunity to network with other professionals throughout Arizona and visit the Conference Exhibit Hall.

The Parks Maintenance Day is an instructional program especially designed for park, grounds, and landscape personnel who manage park and recreation maintenance programs. Parks Maintenance professionals will gain valuable hands-on information to take back and put into practice.  

7:30 AM: Check-in at the Talking Stick Resort Conference Center (Salt River room #8)


8:00 AM - 9:15 AM: Soil Tests for Turfgrass

Dr. David Kopec, University of Arizona

• What items can be tested on soils for turf agronomy

• Important issues and items on basic soils tests for turfgrass management

• Units of measurement on soil test reports (and their interpretation)


9:30 AM - 10:45 AM: Basic Fertilization for Sports Turf 

Dr. David Kopec, University of Arizona

• Important fertilizer elements for turf

• How to interpret a fertilizer label

• General guidelines for Sports Turf fertility (fertilizer amounts for maintenance and reconditioning)

• Role of soil in fertilizer application amounts, timing and nutrient selection

• Popular terms in Fertilizer lingo

• How to use the "basic fertilizer equation" for turf fertilizer requirements


11:00 AM: Lunch


12:15 PM - 1:30 PM: Talking Stick Spring Training Facility Tour

Marshall Jennings, Head Groundskeeper

• Overview of the Stadium – construction, facility, events, Q&A


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM: West Coast Turf Farm Tour

Joe Traficano

• Overview of sod varieties, harvesting, Q&A


4:00 PM: Day concludes at Conference Center


Click here to register now.


For more information or questions, contact Chris Walsh, Scottsdale Parks & Recreation at or 480-312-7522.


To sponsor or volunteer for the Maintenance Day, contact Chris Walsh.



Monday, July 9, 2012

AZSTMA Event at Cardinals Stadium

Please see the attached flyer for details and registration information regarding the event on Wednesday July 18th at Arizona Cardinals Stadium. 
Hope to see you all there!   

University of Phoenix Stadium Tour and Irrigation Talks
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
8am- Noon
Ø $20 for professional non-members, which covers your annual dues for joining the AzSTMA
Ø $50 for vendor non-members, which covers your annual dues for joining the AzSTMA
Ø Free for current members!
7:45-8: Check In
8:00: Enter Stadium*
8:15-8:30: Welcome and STMA Introduction
8:30-9:30: Andy Levy guided tour of the field and maintenance areas plus talk on facility
9:30-10: Jimmy Fox with Evergreen Turf
10-Noon: Dr. Kopec on Irrigation
RSVP to as soon as possible! Space is limited!
We will meet on the Northeast corner of the stadium by the ramp down to the fields.
*We must all go through security as a group! No stragglers will be admitted!