As you may now understand, maintenance is crucial to a long-lasting natural turfgrass field. As with any major asset, synthetic and natural turfgrass sports fields need well-planned and funded management programs to protect your investment. Athletic turf managers not only have the usual challenges of adverse weather conditions and tight budgets, but they also face unique difficulties such as coordinating turf maintenance with busy practice schedules and multiple types of users. Natural turfgrass care takes time, requires specialized maintenance, and an appropriate budget to complete required tasks.
Soil, water, and plant tissue testing. Soil test results provide data about the growing medium, specifically the levels of each of the three main nutrients needed by turf is in the soil: nitrogen, phosphorus (phosphate), and potassium (potash) as well as the micronutrients and soil pH . This allows the turfgrass manager to make future fertility decisions and adjustments based on results of the fields health.
Sodding, mowing, aerating, and topdressing. Of all activities associated with maintaining a natural turfgrass athletic field, mechanical horticulture is an activity that needs to be done the most often. In fact, in most cases, athletic fields should be mowed at least twice per week starting in early spring as the turf begins to grow. Aeration is often neglected in natural turf athletic field maintenance, but it is particularly important to help prevent soil compaction and to allow air, water, and nutrients to reach and develop the grass roots. Another important maintenance routine is topdressing and rolling applications after aerification.
These are just a few of the necessary maintenance needs for natural turfgrass fields. There are several additional options that can be tailored to each sports field project in addition to items you may have pondered, like field painting. SCG has the experience, personnel, and tools to keep your turf looking and performing at its best. We offer top-of-the-line maintenance services by turf experts.