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.

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.


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.


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.




Thatch And Your Turf

What is thatch?


Thatch is a combination of alive and dead grass stems, shoots, and roots that embeds itself between your turf grass and soil. This happens when your turf produces debris much faster than it can be broken down or decay.


Thatch can also build up because of certain turf and soil conditions as:


  • Soils that contain acid, as they are not the right environment for thatch decomposing organisms and microbes.
  • Soils that contain too much clay or sand
  • Compacted soils or soils with poor structure
  • Grass types that produce large quantities of stems, as these are one of the most decay resistant parts of turf.



What problems does thatch cause with turf?


Thatch is not necessarily a negative thing. It can help to build your turfs health and resiliency through protecting against extreme temperatures and adverse soil moisture levels. However, “good thatch” will be half and inch thick or less, and anything more can be harmful to the soil.


Some problems that thatch can cause when too thick are:


  • Root damage
  • Root rot
  • Harboring of disease causing organisms and insects


These problems can cause detrimental damage to your turf and seriously deteriorate its health. If you are invested in the proper growth and upkeep of your turf or sports turf, it is important to learn how to manage thatch growth issues in order to avoid these problems.


How do you manage thatch?


Managing thatch can be frustrating at times. However, there are quite a few steps you can take in order to prevent thatch from even growing or to get it under control after it already has.


Some of these options are:


  • Choosing a grass or seed that does not produce too much thatch
  • Taking regular soil PH level and nutrient tests
  • Raise soil PH levels if too low by using something such as dolomitic limestone to help with thatch decompositions
  • Perform preventative core aeration every fall
  • Avoid applying the wrong kind of fertilizer, or applying it too much or too often
  • Use pesticides and fungicides sparingly and only when truly needed
  • Physically remove the thatch by raking or using a vertical mower




If you have any questions on how to prevent or get rid of thatch in your turf, get help from a professional that can walk you through the process. Contact Commonwealth Sports Turf Services today for more information.

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Turf Fall Overseeding

What Is Fall Overseeding?


Fall overseeding is something that many homewners might not know about or take the time to do. However, it creates a beautiful, healthy lawn year round. Overseeding is the act of seeding an already growing lawn with grass seed. It helps to grow more turf where it is thinning without starting over with completely new grass installation. Usually, this damage is created from heat, heavy foot traffic, or even lack of water. Overseeding is part of a comprehensive plan for your turf that can create a lush green lawn.


Based on geography, type of grass, and time of year, there are differences in overseeding techniques.



When Do You Practice Fall Overseeding?


Home Depot says that “Fall is the ideal time to overseed cool season grasses, because the soil is still warm enough to germinate seeds and the cool air invites grass to grow a strong root system. Cool season grasses include Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass and Fescue…[and] late spring or early summer is ideal for overseeding warm season grasses in the South.”


Fall overseeding should be done earlier in the North because cooler weather happens sooner, whereas it can be done later in the South. By overseeding at this time of year, you are giving your grass a head start before the weather gets too cool. Overseeding, paired with the right amount of sun, fertilizer, etc. can create the perfect lawn.



How Do You Practice Fall Overseeding?


Overseeding your turf in the fall can be a great investment.


The steps to overseeding are:


  • Choosing the right seed – Make sure to choose the right seed for both your grass and the climate that you live in.
  • Preparing the turf area – Make sure to mow your lawn before seeding so the seed can come in contact with the dirt and doesn’t go to waste by getting stuck in thick grass.
  • Seeding the turf area – Spread the seed across the turf area evenly.
  • Watering the turf area – Immediately water the seeded area to help grow the seeds. Also make sure to water more frequently (1-2x a day) as you are waiting for the seeds to grow and match your existing lawn.
  • Mowing the turf area – try no to mow as frequently while the new seeds are growing up to the same height as the existing lawn.




If you want to improve the quality and look of your lawn by Fall overseeding, but need some help or would like more detailed information, contact Commonwealth Sports Turf Services today!

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Sports Turf Aeration

What is sports turf aeration?

You may have heard the term aeration before when talking about sports turf. But what exactly does it mean? It’s the process of removing plugs of grass from the lawn in order to aerate the turf. These plugs go deep enough to core out a small section of grass and underlying soil in order to help the turf aerate (or exchange of air between soil and atmosphere) naturally. Turf aeration is best received by the grass when plug spaces are deeper and tine spacing is closer.


Why should I aerate?

Why should one aerate their soil? Because by removing these plugs of grass, the soil is allowed to breathe, promoting less compaction and therefore root growth. Both of these things equal healthier grass! When turf and soil are compacted, water and fertilizer cannot correctly reach the roots. This compaction can happen from regular use such as walking, mowing, or playing a sport on the turf.


Some other benefits of lawn aeration are:


  • Better intake of water into the soil
  • Improved air exchange
  • Stronger roots in soil
  • Less compaction within soil
  • Better intake and use of fertilizer
  • Less harmful puddling of water
  • Less water runoff
  • Higher resistance to drought and heat stress
  • Better cushioning and resiliency to other possible issues


How often should I aerate?

Aeration to most turf grasses should be done annually. However, if the lawn is in heavy use, some turf can benefit from twice a year aeration efforts. In some cases for certain sports, aeration can even be needed three to five times a year.


When should I aerate?

Cool season turf grass needs can be aerated in both the Spring and the Fall. This aeration in the Spring can be done anytime between March and May, and the aeration in the Fall can be done anytime between August and November. In contrast warm season turf grasses need to be aerated in about the mid Spring through the end of Summer. This aeration should not be done until after the first mowing has been done in the Spring.


What kind of sports turf aeration equipment do I need?

Aeration machines allow for turf aeration to be done quickly and easily in large spaces. Aeration machines with solid spikes or tines will only compact the soil more, and you will want a machine that allows for the removal of tube like areas from the turf. Depending on the size of the area, there can be aeration machines that operate anywhere from walking and pushing to tractor drawn units. You can sometimes rent these machines at your local home improvement store, or you can just trust a professional to do the work for you and take away the guessing game!


If you have any further questions about sports turf aeration, please contact Commonwealth Sports Turf Services today!

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What is Proper Upkeep For Sports Turf?

Sports turf can be used to cover high school football fields, large soccer complexes, and even golf courses.

While a game can’t always be perfect, the turf always can. What some might just see as grass, any athlete knows differently that it can help to make or break the game. Proper upkeep for sports turf can immensely change the game.

So you want to have a beautiful playing field with yards and yards of lush green sports turf. However, it isn’t necessarily that easy and turf carries it’s own list of duties for upkeep. But what are those things? If you are new to the sports turf world, you might wonder what could possibly be worried about when it comes to sports turf – it just gets installed and sits there right? Wrong. Sports turf can last for a long time if it is properly managed and well taken care of. Here, we will list just some of the many things that one should be concerned about when they have sports turf installed on playing fields.


Upkeep For Sports Turf

Do you know anything about soil compaction or grade in heavy traffic areas? How about aeration schedules, nitrogen application plans, or standing water? Some seasons can make your turf too spongy while others have the ability to dry it out completely. Some turf needs rest after it has been overused in events such as tournaments, and certain years others might need to be overseeded. Colors can change and even the feel can change. Sometimes turf is supposed to look and feel certain ways, and sometimes it isn’t. These are all concerns that you probably don’t want to be constantly worrying about.


Why try to figure out all of these things on your own? It’s not enough to pay somebody to install your turf and then watch the company leave. Use a professional company that is committed to proper maintenance and knows what they are doing. It will save many headaches and give you the piece of mind that your investment is being used to the best of its ability. If you want to learn more you can visit sportsturfonline.org or give Commonwealth Sports Turf Services a call today!