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Growth regulator means less city labour on Kamloops sports fields

The product makes turf more durable for user groups and requires less downtime and maintenance, less irrigation during hot summer months and about 40 per cent less mowing
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Players enter Norbrock Stadium for the opening ceremonies of the 2013 Kamloops Minor Baseball Association season.

A product applied to sports fields in Kamloops this year will nearly cut in half the amount of grass mowing by city staff.

Civic operations director Jen Fretz said the city is applying to all sports fields in 2019 a natural turf growth regulator to slow down growth.

“It reduces the need for mowing as often, which is a savings from a staff perspective and a savings from a capital perspective, with respect to purchasing more equipment,” Fretz said.

A pilot project conducted last year was determined by the city to be successful.

Fretz said the product makes turf more durable for user groups and requires less downtime and maintenance, less irrigation during hot summer months and about 40 per cent less mowing.

Fretz said 17 eight-hour shifts per week were previously required to mow the city’s sports fields.

The turf growth regulator decreases those shifts by five — to 12. In addition, she said, the reduced mowing has negated the need for the city to buy a new mower at an anticipated cost of about $80,000.