BJ Haunert - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

sports-turfgrass

For those who are looking to invest in a sport grass system, it is important to select the right turf. There are many different characteristics for you to consider, and getting these characteristics right will impact the playability, durability, and versatility of your sports surface. There are several specific characteristics of turf that you should consider before making a final decision.

The Fiber

If you’re looking to install a turf system, you must consider what type of fiber is right for the surface. This will play a major role regarding the aesthetics of the surface and the durability of the turf itself. 

The Pile Height

This is the term given to the overall height of the grass itself. The height of the pile is going to impact the ability of the turf to absorb shock, and sports that require cleats may want a longer pile height to increase the resilience of the turf surface.

The Infill

This is one of the most important aspects of the turf field because it has a direct impact on the safety of the turf. There are many different products that you can select for their infill and new products are being introduced rapidly. You should also be aware that longer pile heights will allow for more infill and improved safety.

The Backing

This is a commonly overlooked feature because the backing of the surface is not visible from the field of play or the stands; however, the backing is important because it affects the durability of the surface and impacts the "bounce" that synthetic turf might have.

If you have questions regarding which turfgrass is the best for your sports field, contact the professionals at Modern Turf for more information.

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BJ Haunert - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

lawn-maintenance

Many people focus on getting their grass ready for the summer sun starting in the winter or spring; however, there are also several tips that you should keep in mind to ensure that your lawn is receiving the care it needs during the months of summer sun. If you would like to keep your grass as green as possible during the warmer months, here are a few important tips to keep in mind.

Water in the Morning

It is common to have questions regarding when you should actually be watering the grass. The best time to water the grass is during the morning when the temperatures are a little bit cooler. If you wait until the temperature warms up during the day to water your grass, a significant amount of the moisture from the watering will be lost in the form of evaporation.

Ensure that the Mower Blades are Always Sharp

It's not unusual for people to neglect the sharpness of the blades on the lawnmower, particularly if the blades are still getting the job done; however, if you mow the grass with dull blades, it tends to shred the grass instead of cutting it. This increases the amount of surface area exposed to the sun and can lead to a significant amount of moisture loss. Keep the blades sharp to preserve the integrity of your grass.

Don't Feed During Warm Temperatures

The grass already has enough to deal with when the temperature warms up. It is too stressed out to soak up the nutrients from fertilizer once the temperatures get so high. Hold off on fertilizing the grass during the warmer months to make sure it’s healthy and well taken care of.

For more information, contact the experts at Modern Turf today.

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BJ Haunert - Tuesday, June 06, 2017

synthetic-turf

When people are looking to develop a surface for sports, they are often faced with the tough question of deciding whether or not to go with natural grass or artificial turf. Before making this i decision, you should consider the pros and cons of each surface.

Here are a few important characteristics of synthetic turf that you should keep in mind.

Pro: Lower Maintenance Cost

Synthetic turf is made from engineered materials that have been carefully designed to require less maintenance than natural surfaces. This means lower overhead costs when it comes to management.

Con: Heat Hazard

Synthetic turf is made of material that soaks up heat, increasing the temperature of the surface.

Pro: Safer Surface

Synthetic turf has been designed to soak up the impact from cleats and sneakers without transmitting forces through the limbs of players. This means fewer falls, fewer injuries, and healthier players. 

Con: Health Concerns

Depending on the design of the synthetic turf, it is possible that chemicals could create health hazards for some players. For example, some turf surfaces are made with ground-up tires or other rubber materials. These can be kicked up during the run of play and pose problems to people with respiratory problems, such as asthma.

Pro: No Fertilizer or Pesticide Requirements

Those who use natural surfaces need to keep the field playable by feeding the grass and keeping the pests away. This creates additional time-consuming tasks that aren't an issue with synthetic turf.

If you are looking for more information regarding synthetic turf, contact the experts at Modern Turf. Located conveniently in Rembert, SC, we have professionals standing by ready to answer all of your questions.

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BJ Haunert - Tuesday, May 30, 2017

sod-landscaping

Installing sod for your landscape is an important step in beautifying your yard. High-quality sod can improve the durability and longevity of every landscape surface, helping to save you money.

If you’re planning to install sod on your lawn, here are a few tips you should know beforehand.

Measure the Area

Before you being, you should take a tape measure and calculate the total area that will require sod. This will allow you to purchase exactly what you need without going over. However, you should probably go ahead and purchase around five percent more than you actually need to accommodate for curves and edges that might be present or miscalculations in your measurements.

Dig Organic Matter Into the Soil

Take a tiller and dig up around two to three inches of the organic matter itself. This will improve the aeration of the soil and increase the water access. Improving the nutrition of the soil will lead to improved health and longevity in the long run.

Rake the Soil

Once the organic matter has been tilled, take a rake and level out the soil. Try to rake the soil to the point that it is around one inch below the height of any sprinkler heads. This will ensure that every inch of the soil has adequate water access. The even level of the soil will make it easier to lay out the turf.

Lay the Turf in Rows

Now that the soil is healthy and level, the turf can be placed in even rows. Take the turf and make sure that it is even and sealed at the edges.

If you're are looking for more information regarding landscape sod, contact the experts at Modern Turf today.

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