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Turf students will install a new irrigation system on campus

Oct 20, 2017

Turf students will install a new irrigation system on campus

Credit: Delaware Valley University. George Ley III (center) leads a demonstration for turf students during a past class visit.

Students in Delaware Valley University’s turf management program will be getting some hands-on experience while improving their campus. On Thursday, Oct. 26, from 12:30 to 4 p.m., 14 DelVal students in the Irrigation Technology class will install a new irrigation system for the University’s putting green.

Turf Equipment and Supply Co. donated supplies such as sprinklers and pipe for the project. 

Two industry professionals will visit the class to guide the students. Mike Hartley, irrigation sales manager for Turf Equipment and Supply Co. and George Ley III, president of George E. Ley Co., a company that installs golf course irrigation systems, will be working with the students. Some of the tasks include digging up the old sprinklers, cutting and fusing pipe, wiring, and using a vibratory plow to bury the pipe

“The students will be using the latest technology and installation techniques,” said Dr. Doug Linde, professor of turf management. “This project is an ideal learning experience for the students because people that design and install irrigation systems as a profession will be teaching while the students are doing the work.  Combining theory with practice is in DelVal’s core mission, and it is a very common teaching method used in all majors on campus.”

Hartley said that Turf Equipment and Supply Co. is glad to participate in activities that educate the next generation of turf managers.  

“Education is part of Turf Equipment and Supply Company’s mission,” said Hartley.