We asked Field of the Year winner Peter Thibeault, CSFM of the Noble & Greenough School in Dedham, MA how he, as a one-man operation, prepares to paint his fields:

“Here’s some things that are necessary: dense, healthy athletic turf; a good breakfast (because I’m about to do a lot of walking); about 5000 feet of string spooled onto an old hose reel; 30 nails for holding string (see photo); coffee cans filled with cement to make permanent field corners; at least three 300-foot tape measures, preferably metal; aerosol turf paint; an aerosol turf paint line marker; and a current rule book with field dimensions for each sport.

“Since usually I’m a one-man show I need 5000 feet of string so can string all lines on field and paint all at once. Generally I will aerosol all lines on field first then will follow with Kromer that holds 30 gallons of paint and do three or four fields at once.

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“I have had greatest success with Pioneer Brite stripe paint for brightest lines and easy clean up. That paint is wicked bright. During times of heavy turf growth I have mixed a little Primo TGR with paint to help keep from mowing off lines.

“The key I find to successful painting is taking time and having nice weather; now if I only had more time and lived where the weather is always nice. One thing that I cannot live without is aerosol paint because here in New England the weather is not always dry. The other thing I cannot live without is the Kromer. Being that I’m using 60 gallons a week, without it I’d spend all week painting and not much more than that and I like mowing and all the rest that goes along with it.

“Currently we are set for two baseball, one softball and eight lacrosse, so there is a lot of painting. Being efficient helps our fields look their best all the time.”

SportsField Management