What Composes the Top Putting Green Turf?

Signs That Your Sports Turf Lacks Proper Maintenance

Signs That Your Sports Turf Lacks Proper Maintenance

What Composes the Top Putting Green Turf?

Several products sold through the infomercial will often have the slogan “maintenance free”. If you own a car, you probably have met the car battery dealers advertising maintenance free batteries. In reality, almost everything requires having some sort of maintenance so as to stand the test of time. Synthetic sports turf is a crucial investment that requires good maintenance too. Some artificial turf dealers have been lying to people that artificial turf doesn’t require maintenance. However, leaving artificial turf unattended leads to serious problems which affect the quality of your sports field. Therefore, the artificial turf also needs to be well catered for. This will ensure it serves you for a long-term and that your sportsmen feel motivated when playing. It is important to study the sports turf to ensure you identify signs of under maintenance. So, what some of the signs of an under-maintained sports turf? Let’s see.

  • Uneven Surface

One of the challenges that sportsmen might have when playing is an uneven surface. Your synthetic field too might develop uneven surface if you don’t carry on regular maintenance. With uneven playing surface, the ball rolls faster on some surfaces, and the bounce will vary from place to place. When coaching the players, they develop own techniques on how to properly time the ball so that the next bounce can be predicted. The players feel uncomfortable if this is not the same while playing. Therefore, it is important for the technical department to provide an even playing surface. Failure to do so will lead to demotivation due to an uneven surface.

  •  Compaction on Sports Field

The sports field manager must realize that the field is used for different purposes. A section is dedicated to the cheering squads, in schools the sports field also serves as graduation square and several other uses. The biggest detriment to playing conditions is having excess traffic and compaction in the sports field. To prevent compaction, it is important to ensure aeration is carried out often on your sports turf. For the natural sports field, aeration plays a critical role in ensuring the grass gets enough nutrients supplies and the root zone is well supplied with water.

  • Infill Loss

For the artificial sports turf, performance and safety of players are greatly dependent on the infill available. The infill is spread between the fibers of the artificial sports field. This infill is important since it delivers what the athletes want in a sports field. Therefore, it’s important for the sports field directors and managers to ensure their sports turf is well maintained.

These are some of the common signs of an unmaintained sports field. It is important for the sports field manager to ensure they maintain the sports field appropriately. Failure to do so will lead to poor playing conditions for the sportsmen and women. This ultimately leads to poor performance.

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.
Keith Kitchen