Turfcare & Hire Pty Ltd
Turfcare and Hire was awarded the contract for turf maintenance of the Pioneer Road Sports Precinct in Waurn Ponds in 2013. The huge 26 hectare complex incorporates the Geelong Baseball Centre, multiple tennis courts, a skate and BMX park and surrounds including walking paths, garden beds and carparks.
When Turfcare and Hire began the maintenance of the grounds it became evident that the four fields and open spaces, especially fields 1 and 2, were rampant with Black Beetle. Due to the high amount of use on the fields and surrounds by the general public, including local primary and secondary schools, Turfcare and Hire decided to trial biological products to reduce the use of potentially harmful chemicals.
The Baseball Centre is one of the first sportsgrounds in Australia to use these types of products. Unlike traditional herbicides and fungicides, these innovative granular and liquid fertilisers work at a biological level and are tailored to the individual soil requirements, treating the soil before the problem occurs. This proactive approach seriously reduces the need for harmful chemicals. The results of this trial have been amazing – the fields are now pest and disease-free and have a lustrous, healthy profile.
The Geelong Baseball Centre is home to the East Belmont Saints, Geelong Baycats and Guild All-Stars Baseball Clubs and known as ‘one of the finest in the Southern Hemisphere’. The grounds are used for regular training four nights of the week and also hold country, regional and major tournaments, including the Men’s Country and Regional Tournament, hosting 11 teams from around Victoria.
Turfcare and Hire has put many hours into the quality and presentation of the Precinct – not just the fields but also the open spaces, lawns, garden beds and paths. As a result, the space looks inviting, neat and well-looked after, leading to a noticeable increase in the use of the areas from dog walkers, kids and general public.
We are certainly proud of the outcome we have achieved at Pioneer Road Sports Precinct and are looking forward to where new products and innovations can take us in the future.
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