We’ve invested in cutting edge equipment, conducted extensive research, and staffed our team with individuals that are proven winners in the sports turf scene. All of this means that the services we offer are executed by knowledgeable people and done with equipment that is industry-best. What you see below are a few of the services that we recommend.

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Different Types of Artificial Turf and Artificial Lawn Installation Do`s and Don’ts

Different Types of Artificial Turf and Artificial Lawn Installation Do`s and Don’ts

 

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In the past week, I introduced you to artificial turf, and we examined the advantages of artificial lawn over the naturally grown lawn. This week we continue our exploration on the artificial lawn, and we will cover the different types of artificial lawn that have ever been used in the industry, and then we will also read about what you should not do when installing the artificial lawn on your athletics field. So what are some of the types of artificial lawn that you can buy?

Types of Artificial Turf

The most common types of artificial turf that we have include Astroturf, Super turf, and the field turf. The Astroturf is the oldest and it is also the most recognized name in the sports turf industry. However, it has been replaced by other forms of turf which are more common in the industry today. The field turf is currently the most recognized artificial turf in the fields and stadiums in the modern day.

The Difference between the Artificial Lawn Types

Examining all these types of turf, you will learn that the major difference has been the length of the turf blades and also the infill material that has been used. Note that infill material is usually composed of the sand and cream rubber. The cream rubber is used to make sure that the surface is soft and therefore it is very necessary when preparing the turf fields. Further, the deeper the infill used, the harder the turf the field will be. Therefore, it is important that you make sure the filler used has been mixed well so that you will have a soft field for the players depending on the field that you are preparing. So what else should you be cautious about when installing the artificial fields? Continue reading to find out.

What to Avoid During Artificial Turf Installation

When you are installing your artificial turf you need to observe certain recommendations and also be keen not to do the following.

Avoid Improper Planning

In any project, you should make sure that you have a well-laid plan detailing what should be done from the start to the end of the project. This is the same for the artificial turf installation. You should always make sure you have a project plan to avoid the costliest mistake which is usually failure due to lack of planning. Make sure you have all the equipment needed in preparation of the field. As per the supplier of the type of artificial turf you are using, you need to have all the materials ready before you begin any work.

Make Sure You Have Proper Drainage

The drainage system in the field should be done appropriately top avoid the natural calamities such as flooding. The type of drainage will greatly depend upon the climate in your area. No matter the climate, you must have the calculation right to ensure the artificial lawn will not become soggy and you don’t experience the aesthetic problems. Note that some of the problems of flooding in the field would be the growth of mold, rot, and also slimy feeling turf. When you are purchasing the turf base material, be wary of the moisture content.

Get Your Measurements Right

In most cases, people assume that ordering more synthetic grass than you need should be done so as to cater for the errors in measuring. The most important thing you need to take into consideration and give it time well is the measurements. These should be as accurate as possible to avoid disappointments and unnecessary spending. Remember that accuracy matters in the athletics field.

Avoid Making Multiple Purchases

Installing your turf in sections is not recommended and therefore you should make sure that you have enough budget and taken measurements well to make an outright purchase once. Color variance is possible if you order the artificial turf in batches. In most instances, the purchaser doesn’t notice the color variation until the installation has been done. However, you should be able to order once so that you avoid the color variation issue.

The safety considerations vary depending on the planned usage of the field. Therefore, you should make sure that you have taken in place appropriate considerations when doing your artificial turf. If you would like recommendation and help in installation of the artificial lawn, you can always contact http://cwsportsturf.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

What You Need To Know About Artificial Sports Turf

What You Need To Know About Artificial Sports Turf

 

Sports field can be made of artificial sports turf or the naturally grown turf. The maintenance of the two has some similarities and differences too. For those who would like to have their athletics field covered with artificial turf, it is important to take into consideration different maintenance factors. Most importantly, it is good to have a general knowledge of the artificial sports turf before settling on using it. Here are some basic things you need to know about artificial turf.

 

The History of Artificial Turf

 

Go to most sporting events and you will notice that the artificial turf is becoming the norm in pitches and also backyards. It remains a fantastic choice for most sports turf managers but not many understand how it came to be. Here is a brief sneak view of the history of artificial sports turf.

 

In the early 60`s companies started small projects to experiment artificial grass as an offshoot of carpeting. At the same time, most pitch managers were experiencing challenges on sports turf management. The grass was not growing well due to lack of enough light and at the same time during winter it was a challenge. Therefore grass would die and they had to find alternative places to host games. At some point, they were forced to use green paint to make the fields look normal.

 

With the experiments on artificial grass going on, the results were impressive and the first artificial sports turf was established. Then they called it chem. Grass. The benefits they ripped from the artificial turf led to replication of the same to other places. Here are the benefits associated with artificial sports turf and the reasons for the great adoption.

 

Less Maintenance is Required Compared to Natural Grass

 

If the artificial sports turf is up to the required standards, there is very little you need to do in terms of maintenance. Number one, you don’t need watering and therefore it saves you water bills. Secondly, you don’t need mowing and therefore you will not need any labor cost associated with mowing natural turf. In case of debris, you also don’t need to worry about it since all you need is a perfect brush.

 

Artificial sports Turf Doesn’t Dry up

 

With covered sports pitches, it is hard to get enough light on the pitch. Therefore the natural grass doesn’t look as healthy and therefore you are forced to keep re-seeding the grass which eventually turns out to be a battle of wits. In such circumstances, adoption of artificial sports turf will be the best option.

 

Artificial Sports Turf offers Players a Soft Surface

 

Just like your natural grass, the artificial sports turf has a soft feeling and therefore you don’t have to worry about how the players will feel on the sports pitch. All you need to do is make sure no debris and stones land on the sports turf. Therefore even if players fall as they play, the artificial turf doesn’t cause any harm.

 

The sports that benefit mostly from artificial turf include baseball, football, field hockey, soccer and tennis. There is a wide choice available for you to consider when it comes to artificial turf. When choosing the artificial turf to buy, consider the sports that will be played on the turf. For expert advice, you can contact us on http://cwsportsturf.com/.

 

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A Successful Sports Turf Maintenance Process

The key to a beautiful sports turf lies in the maintenance. A successful sports turf maintenance process is not an easy project for anyone to venture out on their own. It takes time and the expertise of a professional to keep sports turf healthy and beautiful. When it comes to maintaining your beautiful green lawn, there are a few steps that we take to ensure that your lawn stays healthy for months on end. The process includes core and deep tine aeration, core redistribution, top dressing and verticutting.

Core Aeration

Core aeration is the process of removing cylinder-shaped cores of soil and grass from the ground. This process may also be known as “spiking” or “slicing.” There are many benefits to removing cores of turf. This includes improving water intake, improving the circulation of air in the soil, improving soil endurance in the face of drought and other stressors, and improving soil compaction. This allows for a safer, less damaged playing field.

Deep Tine Aeration

Deep tine aeration is just a more extensive, deep cutting form of core aeration. It involves the quick removal of deep layers of soil and grass. Deep tine aeration allows for deeper penetration of the soil without creating a lot of damage to the playing surface. Like core aeration, it increases air flow through the soil and helps relieve compacted soil.

Core Redistribution

Following a core aeration or deep tine aeration procedure, the next step involves the redistribution of grass and soil cores throughout the playing field. During the core redistribution process, the cores that have been extracted during aeration are replanted in areas where the turf is not healthy or is in need of repair. The redistribution contributes to the growth of healthy grass throughout the playing field if done correctly.

Top Dressing

Another way that we can relieve soil compaction is through top dressing. This process involves the blending of sand or compost with the surface layer of soil under the sports turf. This process also helps create a more even, safe playing environment, and it allows for the free movement of oxygen, water and nutrients throughout the roots of the turf.

Verticutting

Finally, verticutting is the process of removing thatch buildup (sticks, dead stems and roots, leaves and other natural buildup) by mowing the turf. Removing the buildup encourages a free flow of oxygen and nutrients that had otherwise been blocked by dead plant matter in the soil and other naturally occurring debris. It improves drainage and different sporting aspects such as ball roll and other aesthetics.

 

A successful sports turf maintenance process will keep your turf green and healthy, and moreover it can improve the playability of your sporting area.

When looking for a professional to handle turf maintenance, Commonwealth Sports Turf is your one stop shop for all things sports turf related. Contact Commonwealth today to find out how we can help keep your grass green and gorgeous.

What Soil Study Can Do For Your Turf

A soil study is an important part of turf placement.

The study essentially aids in figuring out how compatible your soil is for sports turf, and it helps us figure out a personalized plan for your field. However it is a little more intricate than that. Here’s what a soil study can do for you and your field.

It is important that a soil study takes places before turf application, because every soil bed is different. Soil studies allow professionals to analyze your soil’s nutrient content. The initial study allows you to understand what the current state of your soil is, where its deficiencies lie, and whether or not it is able to effectively support sports turf. Soil that lacks the nutrients necessary for turf placement could increase the likelihood of turf damage from disease, bugs, and affect the overall health of the grass.

Commonwealth Sports Turf Services provides all of this information in a document that contains graphs and other statistical information so that you can have a side-by-side comparison of where your soil is and where it needs to be.

After the turf is placed, another soil study is conducted as a review of the previous year’s turf placement.

This study helps us determine how well the turf worked for your field and decide what the best option would be going forward with turf placement for the next year.

A turf analysis is important because it will ultimately save you money and extra time. If your soil isn’t optimal for sports turf, it could subject you to some of the issues listed above. And ultimately, it would cost you more money to have it replaced. We believe–and are sure that you’d agree–that it’s best to get it right the first time. Our turf analysis helps you figure out what your soil needs to support healthy turf and how often said nutrients should be implemented. Once your soil has been analyzed, we can help you discover your options and come up with a plan that will work best for your field and situation. This helps field owners to budget their funds accordingly and save them from a dangerous gamble on incompatible surf placement.

We would love to help you figure out your options for turf placement. If you would like to know about our services and what a soil study can do for your turf, please contact Commonwealth Sports Turf today.

How to Upkeep Beautiful and Healthy Turf

Having beautiful, healthy turf takes proper upkeep and attention.

This means understanding what the turf needs, how to carry out these procedures, and making sure to check up on the results in a timely manner. Below we have outlined some of the most important steps that can be taken in order to have an ongoing beautiful area of turf for your yard or sports field!

Core Aeration

Core aeration is the act of pulling out small spaced out cores from the grass in order to allow the entrance of more nutrients, oxygen, and water to the roots. This can also help to alleviate soil compaction, which makes for a more safe and less damaged playing field for sports.

Deep Tine Aeration

This is another form of aeration that is considered to be highly effective as it takes cores from the turf at a high speed and compression level. This means that the procedures allows for maximum penetration of the soil with the least possible impact on the playing surface.

Core Redistribution

When turf is aerated and cores are taken out of the turf, these can be used for another procedure called core redistribution. Core redistribution is the act of collecting cores and redistributing them into areas of the turf that might need extra repair in lieu of top soil or seeding. Using the cores means that the areas will begin to grow immediately if handled correctly, because they are filled with the right nutrients and roots.

Top Dressing

Top dressing refers to blending sand and/or compost into the soil that already exists under the turf. Top dressing helps to alleviate compaction, create a more stable and safe playing surface, as well as creates a more open channel for nutrients, oxygen, and water so that they can move to the roots and nourish the turf.

Verticutting

Vericutting means to remove thatch (overgrown leaves, sticks, etc. that are built up and in the way on top of the turf) from Bermuda Turf. This helps with plan health because it clears out extra buildup of the mat of clippings on the surface of turf that prohibits oxygen, water, and nutrients from successfully getting to the roots. Vericutting allows for a better playing field by increasing draining and improving aspects such as ball roll, aesthetics, and playability.

 

By following these steps, beautiful and healthy turf can be achieved. However, it’s important to contact a professional such as Commonwealth Sports Turf in order to get more information on the best practices to keep your turf healthy.

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What Too Much Rain Can Do To Your Turf

 

Rain is usually a good thing! In fact, it’s a great thing as it means that you don’t have to manually water your turf. However, there are cons to a lot of rain as well.

 

What can too much rain do to my turf?

 

Too much rain can put stress on your lawn. If submerged in water too long, your lawn can be more susceptible to many problems that will weaken the grass and the roots – causing less beautiful, lush, green turf. This means problems such as root rot, soil compaction, pest infestation, and other lawn diseases.

 

 

 

How can I help my turf recover when it rains too much?

 

It isn’t the end of the world if it has been raining too much in your area. However, it does mean that some extra upkeep will be necessary in order to get your lawn back to a healthy, normal point.

As the rain starts:

Turn off your watering system. Your grass will already be getting plenty of rain, so it’s important not to overdo it even more by adding to the problem. Let the grass soak up the water it needs from the rain, and take care of any excess there might be afterward.

 

After the rain stops:

Make sure to keep off the grass if it’s soggy or there are big puddles. Stepping all over it can rip the blades and roots up and leave your grass unappealing, uneven, and torn up. Also make sure to clear away any debris that might have been washed up on top of your lawn. If you let these stay on the lawn, they might help in growing fungus or starting lawn diseases faster. If your lawn is yellow after the rain, add some extra fertilizer to boost the nutrients that the water might have washed away.

 

In the future before it rains:

Before it rains again, you can take some steps to preventing these problems from happening again. One of the first things you can do is to install a French Drain in order to redirect water away from a location. Another option is to raise your beds so that puddling is not as much of a problem. It is also important to make sure that you are practicing proper upkeep with your lawn and keeping it at the right height as well as aerating the area if compacted. These two things will help with water retention levels when it does decide to rain excessively.

 

If you have any questions about turf upkeep or need help after it has rained too much, give us a call today at Common Wealth Sports Turf.

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The Most Common Types of Sports Turf Diseases

Sports turf diseases can wreak havoc on your lawn. It can cause the turf to be unattractive and unusable among many other problems.

 

What are the signs of a sports turf diseases?

 

Some of the signs that you can look for when trying to identify common sports turf diseases are:

 

  • Discolored grass
  • Dead grass
  • Blades of grass that are shriveled or misshapen
  • Spots on blades of grass
  • Specific signs for different kinds of diseases outlined below.

 

Since some of these signs can come from other things such as watering too much or too little, insect infestation, weeds, etc. you should rule all of these options out before deciding that you might have some sort of sports turf or lawn disease. If you don’t see any signs that it could be one of these other reasons, check out these common sports turf diseases to better understand what problems your lawn might have.

 

 

What are the most common sports turf diseases?

 

1. Brown Patch/Summer Patch

        Caused by: fungus that feeds off of conditions such as damp weather and warm temperatures

 

        Looks like: round patches of thinning and discolored turf. If you look at each                          separate blade of grass, there will be browned spots all over them.

 

2. Fairy Ring/Elf Circle/Pixie Ring

 

      Caused by: Different kinds of fungi that inhabit the soil.

 

      Looks like: Can show up as either a ring of mushrooms on the turf or a ring of dead grass that is surrounding by a darker fast growing and healthy grass.

 

3. Dollar Spot

 

      Caused by: This is caused by a fungal pathogen that hurts each grass blade separately.

 

      Looks like: This is called the dollar spot for a reason. You can spot this disease because it looks like dollar-sized spots of dead grass.

 

4. Pythium Blight

 

      Caused by: Long periods of wetness in a warmer temperature.

 

      Looks like: Initially, you will see black fungus looking patches of grass that is soaking wet. You may also see the area grown over with a white fungus or   cottony material.

 

5. Red Thread

 

      Caused by: Fungus that infects blades and discolors them.

 

      Looks like: Burned smaller rings of grass that can either look rust or pinkish colored.

 

When you catch a sports turf disease, the earlier the better. This is because you will want to figure out and apply the best remedy possible as soon as possible. The more familiar you are with the differences between insect, watering, and disease symptoms – the easier it will be for you to keep an eye on your turf throughout the year. If you need more information on how to adjust your lawn care to it’s needs, please call us today at Commonwealth Sports Turf.

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Why Conduct A Sports Turf Soil Study?

What is a soil study?

 

A soil study is the act of studying each separate field or turf area that you may have and analyzing it for its uniqueness. This is done in order to responsibly recommend next steps for your sports turf. This study makes it possible to identify where your soil currently lies in regards to nutrient composition and soil deficiencies. When nutrients are low in the turf soil, these stresses can reduce the health and vigor of your grass. It also increases chances of damages from outlying factors such as insects, diseases, drought, etc.

It is important to take this step before moving forward because it can save valuable time, money, and effort. By doing research first, you know what is best and avoid taking steps that do not correctly address the problems that your turf might have.

Commonwealth Sports Turf provides their clients with a complete sports turf soil study on each of their separate turf areas. We even include a graphical representation in a document that visually contrasts where your soil is at and where it should be in order to have successful, beautiful sports turf growth. Commonwealth Sports Turf also provides annual studies to follow up with the results and make any changes that might be necessary.

 

Why conduct a sports turf soil study?

 

By conducting a full soil study for your sports turf, we are able to also create and deliver a personalized plan. This detailed nutrient plan covers diversified chemical nutrients such as liquid and granular applications. Not only does this plan provide a clear roadmap for the path that you need to take for healthy turf, but it also lays out recommendations for how much nutrients are needed and how often they should be applied. This helps turf owners with budgeting and determining what is best for their turfs health. We work together with you in order to find creative and cost effective solutions to meet your needs and get great results.

 

 

How do you conduct a sports turf soil study?

 

Sports turf soil studies should be carried out by a professional in order to get the best results. There are many different factors that go into a successful soil study such as tools and instruments, experience, and test type.

 

 

If you would like more information or guidance on growing a vibrant and healthy lawn, contact Commonwealth Sports Turf today with any questions you might have.

 

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Top Dressing Your Turf

What is Top Dressing Turf?

Top dressing is the act of applying a mixture of sand and compost to the already existing soil. It is applied to the turf in 1/8” to ¼” layers on top of the turf. This practice enriches the soil with more microbes, and helps to restore the balance of the soil and turf.

How Top Dressing Helps Turf

Top dressing your turf has many great benefits. It can:

  • Provide a better playing surface by softening and evening the turf
  • Decrease compaction of the turf
  • Allow for better nutrient retention, as well as more oxygen and water to all flow better to the root zone in order to be better utilized by the grass
  • Eliminate thatch by retaining heat and moisture in order to help with decomposition
  • Fill lower depressions in order to bring turf to equal level for cutting of the leaf
  • Improves drainage

 

 

How Do You Top Dress a Lawn?

  • Choose the right materials in order to top dress your lawn. Different composts and sands have different nutrient levels. Therefore, it is important to make sure that you choose the right material for the type of lawn that you will be top dressing. For instance, a home lawn will be top dressed with compost while a golf green will be top dressed with sand.
  • Dethatch your lawn from any extra debris such as roots and stems.
  • Mow your lawn as low as you can without hurting the grass.
  • If your lawn needs it, perform core aeration.
  • Cover the lawn with top dressing at 1/8” to 1/4” thick. Make sure to fill in the holes if you have performed core aeration in the step before.
  • Make sure to evenly spread the top dressing so it touches the most possible amount of the lawn.
  • If you are going to overseed the turf, do this after you top dress the lawn.
  • Keep the soil consistently moist, but not too wet.

 

 

When it comes to top dressing a lawn, there are many factors that go into performing it correctly. When mixed with other efforts such as core aeration and overseeding, there needs to be the correct balance of each. Therefore, it is best to consult a professional such as Commonwealth Sports Turf in order to get the right type of advice and service.