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.

Core Aeration

Improve Your Turf with Core Aeration

From golf courses to football fields and county parks, each turf requires a slightly different touch. Maintenance services can vary from deep-tinning greens to removing thatch from fields; however, there is one task that is crucial for keeping every form of turf in peak performance condition. Core aeration, also known as soil cultivation, coring, spiking, or slicing, is this key maintenance task.

Turf_aerationAeration is a natural process where air is exchanged between the soil and surrounding atmosphere. Core aeration, the mechanical optimization of this process, allows sports turf managers to step back and relax while an aerator machine maximizes the natural gas exchange. Additionally, aerator services can reduce the amount of soil compaction, which can harm a turf’s soil profile and harden the playing field. While compact soil is a crucial element of building construction, the reduction of air pockets in a playing field can lead to serious injuries in athletes.


Ensuring athlete safety starts from the ground up, and the aerator services of Commonwealth Sports Turf Services are indispensable in this aspect of turf maintenance. Since the type of aeration often determines the effectiveness of turf treatment, Commonwealth Sports Turf Services utilizes the John Deere Aercore, which pulls three to four inch cores on two by two spacing. This aeration type generates core holes that are close and deep, allowing oxygen, water, and nutrients additional access to the root zone. Benefits of aerator services expand to include reduced water runoff, improved fertilized uptake and use, and improved resiliency and cushioning.

Perennial_RyegrassKeep in mind that aerator services should be scheduled depending on the extent of turf usage and the grass type. The majority of turfs greatly benefit from annual aeration; however, some heavily utilized sporting fields may require two or more aerations per year. To plan an aerator service, pay attention to the grass type. For cool-season grasses such as perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass, spring and fall are the best times to aerate. For warm-season grasses, such as Bermuda grass and zoysia grass, the time recommendation is mid-spring to early summer. To prevent weed competition, do not aerate when warm season grasses are dormant.

Following core aeration, Commonwealth Sports Turf Services recommends an additional service where a turf sweeper collects cores and redistributes them to areas in need of repair. While topsoil and seed are often the primary products used for distressed areas, cores, which contain viable nutrients and roots, are a better option as they begin growing immediately with proper care.

Maintaining a sports turf does not have to be a difficult or lengthy process. Commonwealth Sports Turf Services invests in cutting edge equipment and highly trained individuals to provide all businesses with the best options in aerator services. We would love to show you how these products work, and how we can work with your turf. If you are interested in a demo, click the link at the bottom of the page.

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Rock Dennis tackles Taylor Wardlow by John McStravick
Ear of Rye by Arthur Chapmen within Wikipedia Commons


Winning the War on Weeds

Winning the War on Weeds

Several products have been introduced over the past few years that promised to control broadleaf weeds. Several of these products have shown promise in fighting weeds in sports turf, although the use of one, Imprells, was suspended in 2011 due to suspected injury to pines, spruces and other ornamental plants. In fact, the number of products registered to control broadleaf weeds in sports turf has doubled since 2000. Before using any herbicides, however, it is important to consult the label to be sure the product is safe for the type of turf it will be used to treat.

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Mid Atlantic Snow 2014

Sports Turf Industry Outlook for 2014 – Mid-Atlantic Region

Mid-Atlantic Sports Turf Industry

As everyone in the sports turf industry in the area knows, the mid-Atlantic region of the United States has suffered through one of the harshest winters in recent history, with record snowfalls and colder than average temperatures. To add insult to injury, the weather has teased the area with sunny, warm spring day temperatures followed by snowstorms or frigid temperatures, sometimes within a 24-hour period. This means that many Virginia sports turf experts expect specific problems with turf in the coming spring.

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How To Manage Turf When It Wont Stop Snowing

Virginia has a mild climate and normally winters are warm and mild. In recent history, January and February of 2014 have been abnormally cold and filled with rough weather such as frost, ice, snow, hail, freezing rain, and high winds. While winters do come and go, bad weather will always wreak havoc on turf and cause lasting damage if not treated properly.

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What is in Store for Turf Management in 2014?

The new year is in full swing so it is only natural that experts begin to focus on the trends in turf management for 2014. Turf management specialists say that everything from an increased improvement in youth fields to challenges in environmental regulations that affect use of fertilizers or pesticides are what is in store for sports fields and other areas with expansive areas of turf.

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Superbowl Turf

Does Superbowl Turf Need to Perform Better?

The Superbowl is, without question, the most popular sporting event in the United States. In fact, according to ESPN, the top three most watched programs in the history of American television have been the Superbowls of 2012, 2010, and 2013, respectively. Viewers tune in to see the best teams in the nation perform at the top of their game. They watch the players, the coaches, and even the advertisements, but arguably one of the most important components of any game remains seen but unnoticed: the turf.
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Turf During the Game

Turf Services that Fans Notice

Facts About Turf

Although many fans take the grass that covers athletic fields for granted, many do notice some of the features that are part of athletic turf that do not appear in other types of ground cover. Because of the additional wear and tear that athletic fields undergo, special attention is required to be sure that the ground cover remains safe for players while still looking attractive to the fans.
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Hard Freeze

The Truth About Turf During a Hard Freeze

Frost is an intense force of nature. We are used to seeing and playing sports on lush green lawns in the spring, summer and fall, but frigid winter temperatures can be a challenge for even the most experienced and dedicated turf manager. Frostkill is a big problem for golf course and football field managers, but fortunately, there are ways to fight against it.
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Cold Temperature

Moving Your Sports Turf Out of the Cold

After the recent polar freeze that captured most of the Mid-Atlantic, many people are looking forward to spring approaching. During the cold bitter months of the winter there are many concerns pertaining to turf and landscaping. However, not many people consider that the wet and cold weather can actually be good for the plants and grass. While certain warm weather grass, such as Bermudagrass may suffer during the cold season, they can still get back on track when the warm weather approaches.

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