STMA Education

At their core, sports turf professionals are constantly learning and adapting to their surroundings. No matter how your current situation is challenging you, continued education can be a catalyst for positivity during this uncertain time. We hope you find these resources to be helpful and informative. When the day comes to get back on the field, return with more knowledge and skills than you had yesterday!

Educational Blog Posts

Check List for the Great Return

Check List for the Great Return

We’ve missed sports, but we’ve missed you even more. How are you preparing for "the Great Return"?

Groundskeeper Chat with Abby McNeal

Groundskeeper Chat with Abby McNeal

This week, we sat down with former STMA president, Abby McNeal, to discuss justifying costs and labor during a time of uncertainty.

Groundskeeper Chat with Chrissie Segars

Groundskeeper Chat with Chrissie Segars

In this chat, we discussed soil testing, building a fertility program and how to recover after missed applications. Lots of great information from Chrissie Segars, Turfgrass Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

Groundskeeper Chat with John Watt

Groundskeeper Chat with John Watt

John Watt and his crew are utilizing this time to tackle a major project – renovating infields. Check out his interview!


Being a Groundsman During COVID-19

Being a Groundsman During COVID-19

Pete Thibeault shared with us great insight into how he is managing his facility during COVID-19 while staying healthy, safe, and positive.

How To Get Things Back Up and Running After Covid-19

How To Get Things Back Up and Running After COVID-19

With a scenario that changes by the hour, how is our industry responding to COVID-19?

Turf Tips: Combatting Excess Water

Turf Tips: Combatting Excess Water

We sat down with Todd Tribble of Oklahoma State University to discuss the best techniques for combatting excess water during the spring season.

Organic vs. Inorganic Fertilizer

Organic vs. Inorganic – It’s All About Balance

After conducting annual soil tests, determine what fertilizer is best for your field.


How To Utilize Social Media For Recruiting

How To Utilize Social Media For Recruiting

Let social media help you make the right hire for your crew.

Crew Appreciation for Every Season

Crew Appreciation for Every Season

The holidays are the perfect time to give your crew members some extra love, but why not keep it up all year long?

Turf Tips: Putting Your Baseball Field to Bed

Turf Tips: Putting Your Baseball Field to Bed

Put your best foot forward this fall with these baseball field repair and maintenance tips.

Turf Tips: Prepare your Paints and Facility for Colder Temps

Turf Tips: Prepare your Paints and Facility for Colder Temps

Winter is coming with cooler temperatures and wild winds embarking on half the nation.


Turf Tips: Synthetic Turf Maintenance Guide

Turf Tips: Synthetic Turf Maintenance Guide

Maintain your synthetic turf field to provide consistent, safe playing surfaces.

Turf Tips: How to Utilize Grow Covers for In-Season Repair

Turf Tips: How to Utilize Grow Covers for In-Season Repair

The season is far from over, keep your field looking fresh with grow covers.

Stop the Funk: The Importance of Extracting

Stop the Funk: The Importance of Extracting

Extract paint and debris to stop funk from forming on your field.

Ingredients Matter: The Basics of Paint

Ingredients Matter: The Basics of Paint

Each paint that goes through our lab includes three basic building blocks.


You’ve Installed a Synthetic Turf Field, Now What?

You’ve Installed a Synthetic Turf Field, Now What?

Synthetic turf is a special beast, what’s your turf type?

Bulk or Aerosol for Your Synthetic Turf?

Bulk or Aerosol for Your Synthetic Turf?

There are great synthetic turf options for both bulk and aerosol coatings, but what’s the difference?

Why You Should Be Using an Airless Striper

Why You Should Be Using an Airless Striper

Protect and maintain your synthetic turf investment by using an airless striper.

Turf Tips: Common Wear Area Cures

Turf Tips: Common Wear Area Cures

We’re quickly turning the corner on summer and before you know it players in pads and cleats will be taking the field.


 How To Recognize Heat Related Injuries

How To Recognize Heat Related Injuries

Whether you’re an athletic director, coach or parent, player safety is your responsibility.

 Summer Turf Tip: Irrigation Audit

Summer Turf Tip: Irrigation Audit

Summer is not all fun and games, especially if you’re dealing with a failed or inefficient irrigation system.

 Spring Turf Tip: Aeration

Spring Turf Tip: Aeration

Spring is a great time to aerate your athletic fields. Check out a few different methods.

Turf TV: Soil Testing

Turf TV: Soil Testing

Soil testing has many benefits, including a better understanding of nutrient levels which can lead to a stronger fertilization program.


Turf TV: Infield Materials

Turf TV: Infield Materials

We asked Wes Ganobcik from the Columbus Clippers about what to consider when choosing an infield material. Hear his advice in this episode of Turf TV.

Turf TV: Soil Profile Samplers

Turf TV: Soil Profile Samplers

A soil profile sampler is an essential tool for your turf maintenance program that provides root, insect, layer, thatch, and mat analysis.

About Soil Conditioners

About Soil Conditioners

Soil conditioners promote better rooting, help compacted fields, and assist with wet areas on natural grass surfaces.

Field Tip: Infield Stencils

Field Tip: Infield Stencils

An infield stencil is a simple way to dress up your pitcher's mound or infield skin of your baseball or softball field.


Turf TV: Fall Fertilization Tips

Turf TV: Fall Fertilization

The leaves are changing and there is a chill in the air. That means one thing…late fall fertilization on your athletic fields.

Turf TV: Fall Aeration

Turf TV: Fall Aeration

With the Fall sports season in full swing, it may be time to start thinking about aerating your natural turf athletic fields.

Clegg Hammer

How to Use a Clegg Hammer

Using a Clegg Impact Tester, also known as a Clegg Hammer, to understand your athletic field hardness is easier than you may think. 

How to Drag an Infield Tips

How to Drag an Infield

Dragging the infield skin is one of the most basic, yet most important aspects of taking care of your ballfield. 

Tracing Pattern: How-To

Tracing Pattern: How-To

So you want to dress up your field. Adding a logo with your team’s colors is a great way to add pizazz to any basic green and white playing surface. However, choosing the right kind of stencil can be a bit daunting. 

Dura Athletic Field Stencils

Dura Athletic Field Stencils: How-To Guide

For some people stencil work is an art form while for others it may seem overwhelming. Regardless if you are a novice or an expert, having the right tools is a must.