The untimely demise of the "Performance Spec" for landscape and erosion control projects should have us all concerned. Content to specify the materials to be used, there is too little regard for the end result. Did anything grow?
Properly used, annual color can invite, enhance, conceal, distract, relax or excite. But color can also be a meaningless, busy hodgepodge. Healthy flowers are almost always a worthwhile addition to a site.
To stand out in any field today you must have something unique or exceptional. That's especially true in sports and it carries over for the individual managing the sports turf surface. Any team's record begins with the quality of the field.
An old story about Michelangelo says that the artist was so
gifted that he could visualize a sculpture in its entirety
before his chisel ever touched the stone. The physical crafting of
the piece was then only a matter of removing the excess to reveal
the image inside. But while freehand may have worked well for
Michelangelo, it’s pretty safe to assume that most of us aren’t
quite at that level.
These days, sustainability is one
of the biggest buzzwords permeating
our culture. Seems
like the recent attention given to
global warming, in particular, has
made us more aware of how our
lifestyles impact our environment.
Imagine three towering oak trees and the knee-high piles of leaves they left on the ground. Rather than spending countless hours raking and bagging, we tried to find shortcuts ways to make our lives easier.
I used to watch my father spend
countless hours stringing and stapling
lights around the gutters,
chimneys, rooftop and trees, only
to watch him struggle to take them
down a few weeks later. That part
was a real chore. My job was to pull
the lighting strands out of the
boxes and untangle them -- often a
process that would consume my