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Philadelphia Phillies SubAir® – Sports System Install

Recently, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia has installed a new SubAir® Sports System. This stadium, famous for being the home of the Philadelphia Phillies, is now easier to maintain because of the enhanced subsoil aeration, moisture, and temperature moderation controls that SubAir® provides. 

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SubAir® Sports System

In the Citizens Bank Park, this system is located under the right field stands. If subsoil conditions reach levels that could damage the root zone, the system automatically responds to restore customized oxygen, moisture and temperature levels. The system not only maintains the soil, but it also allows the turf team to respond to soil conditions that change with the season to ensure that the playing surface is safe is consistent. The SubAir® system integrates new kinds of technology that work together to maintain the turf of a sports field. One of these new technologies, TurfWatch™ Technology, digitally links subsoil monitoring and the operations center. Another SubAir® System in use at this stadium are the in-ground wireless soil sensors known as Soil Scout® that alert the turf team of soil conditions, making it easier for them to make choices regarding the subsoil environment’s health. Lastly, added sensors from Soil Scout® lie beneath the surface of the soil in places like the outfield, the warning track, and the home plate that send messages to the turf management team that relay important soil information like the subsoil moisture content, temperature, and salinity. 

SubAir Systems in Graniteville, SC

SubAir is the leader in air flow technology. The SubAir facility, located in Graniteville South Carolina, houses their administrative offices, engineering, production, shipping, and sales which allows the SubAir team to provide personal service from planning to delivery. SubAir Systems is committed to providing innovative technology and premium service to meet the demands of today’s green industry and improve surface aeration of any turf or green you have. If you have any questions or would like to contact someone from our team, please call us at (866) 641-6663 or contact us online

What Are Turfbreeze Fans and What Do They Do?- Graniteville, SC 

Turfbreeze fans promote a healthier turf environment through improved air circulation and the alleviation of heat stress. They were developed to blow air on the surface of golf course greens to improve the health and overall look of the green.

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Turfbreeze Fans

Standard Turfbreeze features include ground poles, fan poles, oscillating assemblies, and power control packages. TurfBreeze fans are pre-wired and pre-assembled for easier installation. In addition, the fan motor, oscillating motor, and control packages are pre-wired with inter-connecting water proof plugs for simple plug-in installation. The power control package includes a lockable power disconnect, an electronic starter contact for remote use through an irrigation signal, an overload protection circuit, and a manual start/stop switch. The synchronized drive system eliminates the need for periodic belt tensioning and sealed pillow block bearings require no re-lubrication.

What They Do

Turfbreeze fans lower the temperature of a green. This is necessary because solar heat can have a devastating effect on turfgrass. When a green’s subsoil temperature reaches high levels, turfgrass roots begin to shrink, diminishing the quality of the putting surface. Fan use can lower the surface temperature of a green up to 10° Fahrenheit, which in turn, lowers the soil temperature approximately 4° to 6° F. Turfbreeze fans also increase turfgrass transpiration. This means that they cool the plant internally and keep it healthier overall. As an added benefit, TurfBreeze fans can be used to evaporate excess moisture from heavy morning dew. Additionally, turfbreeze fans can improve the quality of shaded greens. 

SubAir Systems in Graniteville, SC

SubAir is the leader in air flow technology. The SubAir facility, located in Graniteville South Carolina, houses their administrative offices, engineering, production, shipping, and sales which allows the SubAir team to provide personal service from planning to delivery. SubAir Systems is committed to providing innovative technology and premium service to meet the demands of today’s green industry. If you have any questions or would like to contact someone from our team, please call us at (866) 641-6663 or contact us online

Why is Surface Aeration Important for Golf Greens? 

Surface aeration may be more important for golf greens than you think. Aerating the green brings in much-needed oxygen and nutrients for the grass and keeps your course looking fresh and green.

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Compaction

Compaction may be the most cited reason for performing core aeration and topdressing maintenance practices. One argument often posed by golfers is that the greens do not need to be aerated because they have received little play or traffic since fall aeration, so compaction is not an issue. Actually, surface aeration is incredibly important for golf greens. Aeration helps alleviate compaction, but compaction is only one reason, and it probably is ranked towards the bottom of the list in terms of importance for putting green aeration. 

Aeration

As the term aeration implies, it increases the amount of space available for oxygen to penetrate the soil, which is critical for root growth and, ultimately, plant growth. Improvement in oxygen levels and water infiltration are achieved through the removal of organic matter. In modern putting green maintenance, removal of organic matter (thatch) from the upper portion of the soil profile and replacement with new sand topdressing to modify the existing soil may be the most critical reasons to aerate greens. 

Preventing Problems with Aeration

The grass is constantly producing organic matter through normal growth processes. Thatch is like a sponge, holding many times its weight in water. As organic matter increases, more water is held in the upper portion of the soil profile. While a limited amount of thatch is necessary, when organic matter levels increase to 3 to 4%, potential turfgrass problems, such as diseases and mower scalping, increase dramatically, especially under hot and wet conditions. To prevent excessive organic matter accumulation, research suggests that 15 to 20% of the surface area of a putting green needs to be impacted via some method of soil/ thatch removal. This can be done through core aeration or aggressive, deep verticutting. 

SubAir Systems

SubAir Systems is the leader in air flow technology and can assist you with all your surface aeration needs. The SubAir facility, located in Graniteville, South Carolina, houses their administrative offices, engineering, production, shipping, and sales which allows the SubAir team to provide personal service from planning to delivery. SubAir Systems is committed to providing innovative technology and premium service to meet the demands of today’s green industry. If you have any questions or would like to contact someone from our team, please call us at (866) 641-6663 or contact us online.

SubAir Use as the Weather Cools Down

 As the weather cools down, so does the busy summer golf season. With the temperatures dropping and the sun being out for fewer hours during the day, people are less likely to go out to the golf course or sports field. During these winter months, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re taking care of your SubAir fans. Whether you decide to keep your fans outdoors or you decide to store them inside, here is all you need to know about SubAir use as the weather cools down. 

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SubAir Use in the Winter

Start by cleaning your fans and giving them a check-up. All debris should be cleaned from your fan and all grease points should be properly greased. If you’re thinking about storing it, make sure you have a covered, dry location available, or cover it with a fan cover. If you’re leaving your fans outside, turn them on for an hour or two per month. You can purchase a durable fan cover through TurfBreeze. After the winter months are over and the spring finally arrives, you’ll be ready to take your fans out of storage. At this point, you should check for proper lubrication and that all bolts are tight. Inspect belts for proper tension and wear. Once everything looks good, you can set your fans back up on the green and enjoy the benefits of using SubAir systems for another season!

SubAir Systems

SubAir Systems is the leader in air flow technology. The SubAir facility, located in Graniteville, South Carolina, houses their administrative offices, engineering, production, shipping, and sales which allows the SubAir team to provide personal service from planning to delivery. SubAir Systems is committed to providing innovative technology and premium service to meet the demands of today’s green industry. If you have any questions or would like to contact someone from our team, please call us at (866) 641-6663 or contact us online. 

 Winter Storage of TurfBreeze Fans (Indoor and Outdoor) – SubAir Systems

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Storing Your Fans in the Winter

TurfBreeze was developed to provide airflow on the surface of golf course greens and sports fields. The fan can help preserve the life of the green and also benefits warm and cool season grasses, promotes an overall healthier turf, controls excess surface moisture from rain, dew or frost, improves quality of shaded grasses, operates quietly, and is an economical and convenient way to provide surface aeration. All in all, this fan is a must-have for any golf course or sports field owner. With all of these great benefits, you’re definitely going to want to keep your turf fan functioning at its prime for as long as possible. One time of the year when you’ll want to be extra careful with your turf fans is during winter. If you aren’t mindful of the weather your fan could become damaged or less effective. This is why storage of  your TurfBreeze fan, no matter if it’s indoor or outdoor, is an important part of maintenance and service.

Storing Your Fans

For indoor fans, you won’t have to do much to prepare for the winter. Just do a check-up on it in the fall to ensure it is working properly, cover it with a blanket or tarp to keep out all the dust that might settle on it. For outdoor fans, there are a few more steps to take. First and foremost, you’ll have to bring your fan inside to a room that isn’t too humid and is well-insulated. If you’re worried about rust, spray problem areas of you fan with WD-40. Essentially, you’ll want to keep all your indoor and outdoor fans in places that are protected from the cold temperatures and dry winds that come from winter. 

SubAir Systems in Graniteville, SC

SubAir is the leader in air flow technology. The SubAir facility, located in Graniteville, South Carolina, houses their administrative offices, engineering, production, shipping, and sales which allows the SubAir team to provide personal service from planning to delivery. SubAir Systems is committed to providing innovative technology and premium service to meet the demands of today’s green industry. If you have any questions or would like to contact someone from our team, please call us at (866) 641-6663 or contact us online