sports turf maintenance process

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.


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.

Keith Kitchen