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Pan Layer Turf Jargon – Soil Science Terminology Part.2
14 May 2012 - Consultancy - Keith McAuliffe
There are many strange-sounding words used in the world of sports turf. Although most of these words may have originated from the ‘Ivory Towers’, they often end up as commonly used lingo amongst practitioners.

NZSTI Turf Jargon – Soil Science Terminology
12 May 2012 - Consultancy - Keith McAuliffe
There are many strange-sounding words used in the world of sports turf. Although most of these words may have originated from the ‘Ivory Towers’, they often end up as commonly used lingo amongst practitioners.

Cricket Wicket Natural or Synthetic Turf?
8 May 2012 - Consultancy - Keith McAuliffe
Historically natural turf was the preferred, if not only, option for outdoor sports and amenity uses in Australia and New Zealand. Progressively a few sports, notably athletics, hockey, tennis and more latterly lawn bowls and cricket, have moved in the synthetic surfaces direction.

Irrigation3.jpg Irrigation Auditing. What is it and Why is it Needed?
27 Jan 2012 - Consultancy - Keith McAuliffe
A quality watering system is one of the critical ingredients for year-round high quality turf. Over the summer months in New Zealand, most of Southern Australia and, during the dry season, in sub-tropical regions, an irrigation system is required to hold a turf cover, to enable recovery after use and to provide suitable conditions for players and spectators.

Keith McAuliffe Sustainable Sports Turf Root Zones & the Need for Good Drainage & Regular Conditioning
8 Nov 2011 - Consultancy - Keith McAuliffe
A healthy root zone is the key to long term performance of any turf grass system. Failure to get the below-ground properties right will see the turf system as a whole ultimately fail. This paper looks at the key ingredients of a healthy root zone and what can be done to rectify a poorly-constructed or maintained root zone.

Spraying a Green Fundamentals of Working in the Turf Industry
26 Sep 2011 - Consultancy - Keith McAuliffe - 1 comment
To many of the general public growing grass seems simple. However, for those who have worked in the green keeping profession for some time, the reality is that managing a sports surface, whether at the community or elite level, requires specialist expertise and the job is far more complex than first seen

Ryegrass Trial Plot Ryegrass Transitioning in Warm Season Grasses
19 Sep 2011 - Consultancy - Keith McAuliffe
Transitioning refers to the seeding, and later removal, of one grass into and from another grass, generally a cool season grass over-seeded into a warm season (C4) grass species. Transitioning is practiced around the world, particularly in areas with a Mediterranean climate, including southern USA, parts of southern Europe, South America, South Africa, Central Asia and Australasia

muddy oval Provision of Sports Surfaces in Challenging Times
30 Aug 2011 - Consultancy - Keith McAuliffe
The following information has been prepared following concerns expressed by clubs about the constraints imposed on their sport by playing surface provision (both cost and quality issues). Preliminary thoughts regarding sports surface provision in Australia

Trial at Redlands to look at drought tolerance of different couches Couch in Queensland
28 Aug 2011 - Consultancy - Keith McAuliffe - 2 comments
In New Zealand, with the focus on ryegrass and bent grass, it is easy to overlook the fact that much of the turf world relies on warm season, or C4, grasses. Our work in Asia over the past 15 years has clearly illustrated that climate is the over-riding factor when it comes to turf selection.

Head groundsman Phil Stoyanoff drains off water from the super soaker at McLean Park, Napier, yesterday which robbed the four-day match of a result this week. Photo / Paul Taylor Negating Weather Interference to Cricket
3 Aug 2011 - Cricket - Keith McAuliffe
In regions that experience heavy downpours during the cricket season there is an even greater need to take precautions against weather interference. This article is a star-gazing exercise, designed to throw up some ideas in regard to how we could mitigate the risks associated with rain interference on cricket.

_42237266_sprayap416.jpg The Changing Face of Sports Turf Managers
18 Oct 2008 - Consultancy - Keith McAuliffe
Green keeping/groundsmanship in NZ has developed into a recognised, specialised occupation. There is solid back up in place with regard to training, research, consultancy and trade supply.

NZSTI NZ Sports Turf Institute - Contributing to World Cricket
13 Jun 2008 - Cricket - Keith McAuliffe
Although the Black Caps are the show piece of New Zealand cricket, our country can also take pride in knowing that the NZ Sports Turf Institute and our cricket curators are globally recognised.

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