BJ Haunert - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

field-playability

For thousands of residents and visitors each year, spring in the Carolinas can be summed up in one delightful word - Golf! A day on the course means sunshine, blue skies, and lush greens stretching as far as the eye can see. What golfers may not know, however, is that the height of the turfgrass can really affect overall playability. Here's what both golfers and ground care professionals need to know.

Grain, Resistance, and Speed

According to the Golf Academy of America®, turfgrass height can affect the way the golf ball moves on the course. When turfgrass blade height and configuration is relatively horizontal, it can cause accuracy issues when putting due to grain.

Resistance and speed are also affected by the height and consistency of the turfgrass. If the golf ball is met with unnecessary resistance from the turfgrass, it can experience slower rolling speeds, which will affect both accuracy and overall playability.

Choosing turfgrass for maximum playability

Ultradwarf turfgrass choices, like MiniVerde® and No-Till Ultradwarf® varieties of sod are proven to help increase the quality of the playing surface. With high shoot density, fine leaf blades, and short internodes, these turfgrasses produce the short, super-thick grass surfaces needed for faster courses and a better overall golfing experience.

In addition, these turfgrasses are easy to be manage and can be mowed at collar height, to help limit encroachment issues.

To learn more about converting your course to an ultradwarf turfgrass variety, contact Modern Turf today for a site visit and consultation. In many cases, ultradwarf varieties can be integrated through a no-till application process designed to be quick and convenient, while still offering a high quality, healthy surface. Give your greens the boost they need to keep golfers returning year after year, contact Modern Turf today.

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BJ Haunert - Tuesday, May 09, 2017

spring-lawn

With the warmer weather approaching, it is time for people to get their yards ready for the spring season. While a bare yard during the winter may be expected with the colder weather, most people want to make sure that their yard is green by the time spring arrives. For those looking for the greenest yard in the neighborhood, there are a few spring lawn treatment tips to keep in mind.

Fertilizer is Friendly

For people who want to encourage their grass to grow during the spring, it is important to use fertilizer to provide the nutrients that are necessary to encourage the grass to grow taller. However, you should know that using a combination of different fertilizers can help to keep many of the weeds at bay.

Mow Using a Higher Blade Height

Many people try to cut down on the number of times they have to mow their lawn by using a blade height that is low to the ground. While this will cut the grass shorter and reduce the frequency that you have to mow the lawn, it can also be harmful to the grass because it exposes the soil to the rays of the sun. This makes it easier for weeds to soak up the sunlight and start growing. Use a higher blade height to keep the grass healthy.

Get Ready for Lawn Care Treatment Early

It is important for you to make sure that your lawn care equipment is ready to go when the warm weather arrives. Check to make sure the lawnmower has enough gasoline and ensure the blades are finely tuned and sharpened.

For professional lawn care and treatment, contact the experts at Modern Turf today!

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BJ Haunert - Tuesday, May 02, 2017

common-mistakes

Working to establish a new lawn or trying to re-energize an existing one? No matter what type of lawn you are working with, choosing sod over traditional grass seeding techniques will help ensure you get a healthy stand of robust green grass, quickly and easily. But planting sod can have a learning curve. If you are getting ready to install new sod on your lawn, avoiding these common mistakes will help ensure your success.

Mistake Number 1: Failing to Fully Prepare the Site

Complete preparation of the site prior to planting the sod is the best way to be assured that the sod has everything it needs for healthy growth. Common preparation mistakes include:

  • failing to remove debris, both above and below ground
  • failing to grade the site to lessen the risk of erosion or pooling water
  • failing to pre-treat the site to eliminate weed growth
  • failing to till, then test and amend the soil with the correct high phosphate fertilizer
  • failing to properly roll the area

Mistake Number Two: Ordering and Installing Issues

Another common problem encountered by homeowners when planting sod is failing to properly measure or calculate the actual amount of sod that will be needed for the project. This is especially true when dealing with lawns that are very large and those that have irregular edges. Mistakes can be both expensive and stressful, so remember to double-check your figures with one of Modern Turf's pros to make sure you always get just the right amount for your project.

If you would like to learn more about using sod to beautify your lawn or how to avoid mistakes when installing it, Modern Turf's team of friendly professionals is ready to help. From supplying you with healthy, vigorous sod for any sized project to answering your ordering, installation, or sod care questions, Modern Turf is proud to be your one-stop sod shop.

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BJ Haunert - Thursday, April 27, 2017

buying-sod

Laying sod is one of the quickest and easiest ways for homeowners and businesses alike to achieve lush, green and healthy lawns. However, understanding the nature of sod and how to choose the best type for your lawn's needs is key to getting the best results. With that in mind, here are the three steps you should take when buying sod:

Pick the right supplier

Sod is easy to find at any major garden supply store, but the quality control and customer service provided by these big box stores means you may not know what you're getting. Opting to go directly to a sod farm can help ensure that you get the highest quality sod available. In addition, sod farms are equipped to provide in-depth consultations about your yard conditions and other important factors to help you choose the best sod for your needs.

Understand how to spot quality sod

Quality sod can be identified by several key signs: the consistency of its soil, indications that it's properly fertilized, its maturity level and how recently it was harvested. In general, you want sod that has soil that is neither falling apart nor packed too tightly, that is clearly well-fertilized and mature, and that has been harvested within the past eight hours.

Be ready to lay the sod immediately upon delivery

Sod only has about eight hours from harvest to installation before it starts to lose too much moisture and become over stressed. Before you purchase any sod, make sure that your yard's soil is properly prepared for immediate sod installation.

Do you still have questions on how to ensure you get the best sod for your lawn? At Modern Turf, our sod experts can help guide you through the sod buying process. Contact us today to learn more.

   
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