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Author(s):Robey, M. J.
Author Affiliation:Dept. of Athletic, Purdue University, Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Indiana
Title:Discussion of Prescription Athletic Turf (PAT)
Section:Session 6
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Meeting Info.:Munich, Germany: July 11-13, 1977
Source:International Turfgrass Society Program: III International Turfgrass Research Conference. 1977, p. 49.
# of Pages:1
Publishing Information:Munich, Germany: [International Turfgrass Society]
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Artificial turf; Drainage systems; Irrigation practices; Natural versus artificial turf; Nutrient balance; Prescription Athletic Turf; Root zone temperature; Sod netting; Sports turf industry trends; Sports turf maintenance; Turf reinforcing systems
Abstract/Contents:"At one installation, an artificial turf playing surface was removed and replaced with a PAT System (Prescription Athletic Turf). This is of paramount importance to the turfgrass industry. For several years, from 1968 to about 1971, many sports people believed artificial turf to be the ultimate in sporting surfaces. Today it is generally accepted that a highly maintained natural grass field, with excellent drainage, is the superior sports playing surface. The PAT System with its ability to withstand frequent use has proven its superiority over other natural grass systems. A PAT System allows the manager to control many different factors which effects the growth of the grass. The following factors are discussed: operation and maintenance, nutrient balance, rootzone temperature control, irrigation, drainage system. By the PAT System a durable playing surface is developed, which withstands heavy use, regardless of weather. But still the natural grass is subject to wearing out when used frequently. To over come [overcome] this problem on a PAT field or a conventional natural grass field another concept, the DURA-TURF has been developed at Purdue University. DURA-TURF uses the best points of a natural grass field and artifical [artificial] turf and combines them to produce a tough, durable playing surface. Plastic nettings and mats are used in various combinations to reinforce and protect the natural grass. By placing the plastic under the sod it acts as a reinforcement material. Strengthening the bond of the grass roots to the underlying material - sand or soil. Stretching the plastic netting over the surface of the grass, allowing it to grow up and through it, protects it from wearing. The crowns, rhizones [rhizomes] and stolons, all growing points of the grass, are protected by the plastic netting. Thus allowing it to regenerate quickly if the tips of the grass blades are broken off by cleat action."
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Robey, M. J. 1977. Discussion of Prescription Athletic Turf (PAT). Int. Turfgrass Soc. Annexe - Tech. Pap. p. 49.
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