The Fullerton College soccer field is getting a makeover with new sod and
soil amendments for upcoming men's and women's soccer play.
Overseeing the transformation from
dry, compacted dirt and dying grass to a healthy playing field is Professional
Turf Specialties, a Fullerton-based full service contractor that installs and
maintains athletic fields and city parks throughout Southern California. "The
soccer field is under continuous stress and use and it has been many years
since a full renovation has been performed on the field," said Mike Wilson,
Professional Turf Specialties owner. "The soil is so compacted and lacking
significant levels of organics that we are breaking up the soil down to 8" deep
and mixing it with soil amendments."
Wilson is mixing in 120 cubic yards
of Agromin's "Garden Humus" soil amendment. The amendment is made of natural
organic material that rebuilds existing soil by adding nutrients and microbes.
Agromin, with facilities in Huntington Beach, Chino and Oxnard, takes organic
waste that has been collected from Southern California residences and
businesses and transforms it into soil products that are then used in landscapes,
ball fields, farms and gardens. "Our Garden Humus is made from 100 percent
clean, recycled green material," says Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO. "It's a great
way to recycle organics that would otherwise end up in a landfill."
The renovation project, already
underway, will take two weeks to prep the soil and install new turf. The newly
laid sod will be off limits for another eight weeks. With water conservation in
mind, Professional Turf Specialties is resetting and fixing the field
irrigation and adding new sprinklers so proper water conservation can be
established while providing enough water to maintain a healthy field. "We are
using a laser level for proper pitch and drainage and a roller to firm up the
field and make sure it is level," explains Wilson.
This is not the first time that
Professional Turf Specialties and Agromin have teamed up to upgrade a field or
park. The two renovated the Cabrillo High School football field in Long Beach
in which 180 cubic yards of Garden Humus was used. They also combined their
efforts at the Village Green Park in Garden Grove. Instead of installing sod,
Wilson's company mowed the grass as low as possible, leveled the high and low
points, applied seed and covered it with 40 cubic yards of Agromin’s Universal
Turf (a lawn topper mix).
"These are just a few examples of
how landscapers are helping the environment by using recycled green materials
in their projects," says Camarillo. "And what’s even better, they are adding
natural materials to where kids play and practice instead of applying
amendments containing chemicals or animal waste."
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