For the past few months, we have been boldly chronicling the value and sales of Nature Safe’s 27-2-2 UFLEXX™ blend with emphasis on golf fairways, municipalities, parks and recreation, school athletic fields, home owner associations and many others . . . almost too many success stories to recount. We would be remiss not to reveal yet another positive and successful rebuild/renovate/resod project in Salt Lake City, Utah at the home of Triple A Salt Lake Bees Baseball, the farm team for the California Angels.
Nature Safe’s newest western region distributor, Grass Roots in Ogden, Utah, also has a separate contracting division that has successfully used 27-2-2 on many sports fields at Bringham Young University, University of Utah, and Weber State University. Gary Ballingham, Grass Roots, Inc., shares his enthusiasm and excitement with a recent October 2010 renovation of Salt Lake Bees Spring Mobile Park using a combination of Nature Safe’s 8-3-5, 10-2-8 and 27-2-2. Here’s the project event diary by the numbers:
Specs: 100% Bluegrass sod was used from Graff’s Turf Farm, cut at 1/2″ cutting height, 5/8″ sod thickness. Sand was from a local sand company which did not meet ASTM sports turf guidelines for sand based fields but was cost-effective and did perk around 11″ per hour. Grow tarps were utilized on the infield only at night.
October 11: Preplant of Nature Safe fertilizer 8-3-5 at 3/4 lb. of N on sand base preparing for sod. Watered in fertilizer for 10 minutes and let fully dry for 24 hours before rolling (using a self-propelled greens roller) then dragged field for final grade with coco drag mat. Rewatered field again for 10 minutes.
October 12: 50,000 sq. ft. of sod in installed beginning with the infield and left field. Apply another application of Nature Safe 8-3-5 at 3/4 lb. of N on top of new sod.
October 13: Additional 60,000 sq. ft. of sod installed to complete infield. The same fertilizer program mentioned above is used. Skirts scheduled for sod installation on October 16 with same fertilization program.
“In my 30-year landscape/ construction history, I have never experienced turf that healed in such a short period of time.” — Gary Ballingham
October 15: Mowed the infield for the first time and got three baskets of grass using Toro greens mower set at 5/8″. No caking up of any fertilizer on rollers and/or equipment because proper watering-in technique was adhered to throughout the project.
October 18: Infield sod showing remarkable roots on sides of sod rolls and between rolls. Mowed outfield with Tri-plex reel mowers set at 5/8″. Mowed infield grass again getting two baskets of grass.
October 20: Rooting of infield sod is strongly taking place and outfield sod is showing excellent, above average root penetration and healthy growth.
October 22: Infield sod is now showing no signs of new sod lines and looks like a regular infield. Roots established to the point you cannot lift up the sod without really pulling hard. Mowed infield grass with less than two baskets of grass collected.
October 25: Applied Nature Safe 10-2-8 at 3/4 lb. of N and followed up on October 28 with another application of 27-2-2 at 1/2 lb. of N.
October 30: Absolutely no signs of sod lines and all sod is securely knitted into place. No question of the sod being ready for first baseball game on March 17, 2011 — way ahead of schedule and under budget too — great numbers!
Ryan Kaspitzke, Field Manager from the Salt Lake Bees, is also displaying several Nature Safe environmental stewardship signs at the sports field’s entrances to promote the Bee’s commitment to the environment.
In addition to sports fields, Grass Roots is actively distributing Nature Safe to golf courses throughout the state of Utah and have gained organic fertilizer listing approvals on state and local government contracts and bid proposals. They have quickly earned the distinction in Utah as the “go-to-guys” recommending and applying Nature Safe 8-3-5 for greens and more to inoculate against snow mold disease.
So, what’s your Nature Safe number?