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Irrigation Parks and Athletic Fields Maintenance and Inspection Checklist

The goal of this inspection safety checklist for irrigation parks and athletic fields is to ensure that all Mode One athletic field and park turf and landscaped areas are adequately watered, applying up to one inch of water weekly in times of drought and less than optimal rainfall. Without irrigation, turf goes dormant, or is stressed, allowing weeds and other unwanted vegetation, which creates less safe and less desirable turf.
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07/21/2022

Irrigation Parks and Athletic Fields Maintenance and Inspection Checklist

The goal of this inspection safety checklist for irrigation parks and athletic fields is to ensure that all Mode One athletic field and park turf and landscaped areas are adequately watered, applying up to one inch of water weekly in times of drought and less than optimal rainfall. Without irrigation, turf goes dormant, or is stressed, allowing weeds and other unwanted vegetation, which creates less safe and less desirable turf.
  • Authorized personnel shall check irrigation systems weekly between April and October to verify proper operation

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • All sprinklers not properly functioning (head is stuck in one position, does not pop up or is stuck in the “up” position) should be repaired prior to any scheduled athletic contest to protect all players. If repairs cannot be made by in-house staff, the appropriate Maintenance Supervisor is notified, who notifies a contracted irrigation specialist to schedule any repair(s) needed.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • All systems shall be winterized prior to December 1st each year by qualified staff. Winterizing requires compressed air to be blown into each line, fully removing all water and minimizing chance for damage.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Water cannons shall be utilized between midnight and 10AM only, unless emergency conditions dictate. Cannons shall be winterized at the end of each season, similar to in-ground irrigation systems, by qualified staff.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Landscaped Areas (Shrubs, Perennials, Ornamental Grasses): All landscapes will be maintained in the following manner during the growing season and includes watering (until established), weeding, pruning, mulching, inspection and pest management.

  • Landscaped areas are considered properly maintained when they are free or relatively free of weeds, and all plant material kept appropriately pruned so as to avoid sight clearance/lane impediment throughout the growing season. Pruning may include selective cutting or shearing. Plant material will be pruned or renovated at the appropriate time of the year, using correct horticultural pruning practices. When properly trimmed, the plant material will look natural, and be proportionate to the area in which it i

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Perennials and ornamental grasses will be cut to the ground (or close to the ground) in late winter to rejuvenate them for the next season. See the Horticulturist or Crew Supervisor for appropriate pruning times and techniques.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Mulching is completed annually, using mulch approved by the Horticulturist at a depth of not more than 2”. Mulch should not be piled at the base of shrubs or trees; mulch rings shall be utilized on all newly planted shrubs and trees to help collect and hold rainwater and supplemental water.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Inspection for insects and disease is done by trained staff members. Frequency is based upon type of shrub(s) or trees and their propensity for harboring insects or disease, general condition of the planting, and location. All problems are noted and discussed with the Horticulturist, with recommendations for corrective action made within a timely manner.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Spraying for weeds, insects or disease is done on an as needed basis by qualified personnel only, and must be done when the temperature is below 85º F, and the wind is not blowing. All treatments with registered pesticides are recorded per Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services standards.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Mulching - Proper techniques include:

  • Mulching is completed annually, using mulch approved by the Horticulturist at a depth of not more than 2”. Mulch should not be piled at the base of shrubs or trees; mulch rings shall be utilized on all newly planted shrubs and trees to help collect and hold rainwater and supplemental water.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Parking Areas - Routine maintenance includes:

  • Emptying trash cans, and replacing the trash can liner

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • General cleaning of all trash in open spaces

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • graffiti removal and glass removal.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Planter Boxes - Follow all maintenance procedures as outlined below:

  • Planter boxes are considered properly maintained when they are free or relatively free of weeds, and all plant material kept appropriately pruned so as to avoid sight clearance/lane impediment throughout the growing season. Pruning may include selective cutting or shearing. Plant material will be pruned or renovated at the appropriate time of the year, using correct horticultural pruning practices. When properly trimmed, the plant material will look natural, and be proportionate to the area in which it is g

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Perennials and ornamental grasses will be cut to the ground (or close to the ground) in late winter to rejuvenate them for the next season. See the Horticulturist or Crew Supervisor for appropriate pruning times and techniques.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Mulching is completed annually, using mulch approved by the Horticulturist at a depth of not more than 2”. Mulch should not be piled at the base of shrubs or flowers; mulch rings shall be utilized on all newly planted shrubs to help collect and hold rainwater and supplemental water.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Inspection for insects and disease is done by trained staff members. Frequency is based upon type of shrub(s) or trees and their propensity for harboring insects or disease, general condition of the planting, and location. All problems are noted and discussed with the Horticulturist, with recommendations for corrective action made within a timely manner.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
  • Spraying for weeds, insects or disease is done on an as needed basis by qualified personnel only, and must be done when the temperature is below 85º F, and the wind is not blowing. All treatments with registered pesticides are recorded per Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services standards.

    • Pass
    • Flag
    • Fail
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