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Types of Equestrian Footing and Arena Sand

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The right arena sand and equestrian footing makes all the different to your riders’ experience.

No matter your unique needs, there is a perfect arena sand or equestrian footing option for you. Having the proper footing can provide better traction, increase cushion, improve drainage and reduce overall dust. Continue reading Types of Equestrian Footing and Arena Sand

Spring Comes Early: Are your golf course’s bermuda grasses ready?

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Spring is coming — Are your golf course’s bermuda grasses, bunker sand and divot sand ready?

Spring can sneak up on your fast — especially if you’re in charge of maintaining a golf course. Now is the time to make sure your course’s bermuda grasses and bunker sand are ready.

Here are some things you’ll need to address before the warm weather hits. Continue reading Spring Comes Early: Are your golf course’s bermuda grasses ready?

Spring Arena Sand Tips

For many areas around the country, this winter has been above average in temperature and precipitation, especially in the southeast. If you own or operate equestrian grounds it’s likely this is making for some difficult spring maintenance. Before you start your maintenance process, consider these spring tips to ensure your equestrian sand or footing and base are in ideal condition for use. Continue reading Spring Arena Sand Tips

Dredging Engineering Coursework Completed

Recently, Charles Parker, President, of River Sand completed the Dredging Engineering Short Course through the Center for Dredging Studies at Texas A&M University. It was the 41st Annual Class and had a record attendance this year from professionals in the dredging industry representing the US (from Alaska to Florida) and the world (from Europe to Africa). Continue reading Dredging Engineering Coursework Completed

What You Need to Know about USGA top dressing standards

The goal of any golf course, especially the putting green, is a slick, playable surface that can be maintained for years without a major course overhaul. To obtain this ideal, it’s important to build the course properly and pay special attention to the construction of the rootzone (soil). The USGA has tested and recommended a certain topdressing mixture that will ensure top-notch golf course greens that, properly maintained, will provide golfers with the type of course they expect. Continue reading What You Need to Know about USGA top dressing standards

Divot Sand Explained

The purpose of divot sand seems obvious. It’s a certain type of sand that’s used to repair those chunks of grass/green that are removed by the swing of a golf club. This is an ever present fact of golf course maintenance; often enough to call for a special type of sand used to repair it. But divot sand isn’t just regular sand, it’s a specifically formulated sand to improve future repair of divots. Continue reading Divot Sand Explained

Bunker Sand Explained

Of course firmness matters but the problem with this is that in addition to looking good on the links, bunker sand needs to have certain tangible characteristics to be properly functional.

One of the main concerns about bunker sand is irrigation. Will it flood after a heavy rainfall or will the bunker properly drain? Generally this issue is taken care of by installing a drainage system underneath the bunker and choosing the correct grain size sand. For instance, bunker sand that’s composed of more than 3% clay or silt is more likely to ‘pond’ after a rain shower. Choosing something like this in a heavy rainfall climate is unwise and will likely lead to much more upkeep and difficultly for the staff. Continue reading Bunker Sand Explained