Field Hardness Testing

Field Hardness Testing

Field Hardness Testing Focuses on Reducing Sport-Related Injuries

Field Hardness Testing1Leisure- and professional sportsmen rely on sports fields for a host of activities. Schools, universities, and sporting bodies have different sport fields in use and these all require turf grass management. Knowledge about growing turf is critical to assess the state of the field’s conditions and determine whether the field is suitable for use. This is because field safety problems exist when the fields are perhaps overused and they become too hard from compaction. Field hardness testing is important because it focuses on reducing injuries. Studies show that a significant number of concussions in football are caused by the head hitting the hard field surface.

Monitoring field hardness is critical, and in fact the National Football League of America actually requires field managers to test for surface hardness before each game.

Many Professional Athletic Fields with Natural Turf

Richmond is the capital of Virginia in the United States and has plenty of free parks and fields for kids and adults with walking trails, soccer- and baseball fields. There are also many professional athletic fields with natural turf which require irrigation systems, mowers and grading products to ensue world class sports turf. Field hardness testing is an important task and is executed by knowledgeable people and with industry-best equipment.

Experts Who Know Turf Science Like The Back of Their Hands

Field Hardness TestingEstablished in 2003, Commonwealth Sports Turf have seasoned specialists who work closely with different enterprises who require world-class turf services in Virginia. From football fields to school athletic fields to polo fields, golf courses, baseball- and rugby fields, the skilled and passionate team work with superintendents, directors and managers to present turf management strategies toward outstanding athletic surfaces.

Keith Kitchen of Commonwealth Sports Turf has more than a decade of walking different turfs, and as a renowned turf care and landscaping company in Richmond, Virginia, they know turf science like the back of their hands. Their mission is to simply produce pristine fields in virtually any sports turf environment. Keith is also a member of the VA Sports Turf Managers Association, the Virginia Turfgrass Council, Virginia Recreation and Park Society, and the VA Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

The company has also been tasked with ensuring exceptional turf conditions for the University of Phoenix Stadium. This is to ensure a superior Superbowl experience to host world class events which take place throughout the year.

With more than 31 years turf experience, they know that field hardness testing is important for natural turf fields because the field harden when the soil below the surface becomes compacted. As games are played, the air is pushed out and the fields become ever harder. Dry conditions as well as compacted soil result in high Gmax values as measured with the Clegg Impact Tester. One of the best ways to alleviate soil compaction is aeration as it creates more airspace in the soil.

Don’t Push The Limits of Natural Turf

Beautiful natural turf has many advantages over synthetic surfaces, one of them being that natural turf doesn’t receive the complaints about the heat and high temperatures of synthetic surfaces. Well maintained natural turf areas are cool, they offer high cushioning and lower surface hardness, and this reduces injury in contact sports.

The overuse of sports turf can push the limits of turf to recover but a reputable turf care and landscaping company oversees the care of athletic fields and will advise on what is needed to maintain a quality surface for your particular facility.

Keith Kitchen

Keith Kitchen

Growing up on a working farm that feeds your family gave Keith an appreciation for the importance of planning for growth. It was corn and peanuts then, now it sports turf. After graduating from Virginia Tech with a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Economics and spending 5 years with Southern States, Keith partnered into a new business venture overseeing natural turf maintenance for Luxury Lawns, a startup maintenance company. Continued growth over 20 years has placed Luxury Lawns, a company Keith now owns, in the top small businesses in the Midlothian area specializing in residential turf management, landscape design and installation, and hardscape applications. After success in the residential turf market, Keith launched Commonwealth Sports Turf and now manages the day to day operations of the business.
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