The 3 Biggest Problems with Sports Turf, and How to Avoid Them

Hank Kerfoot - Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sports turf can be problematic without the proper maintenance techniques.

The 3 Biggest Problems with Sports Turf, and How to Avoid Them

Anyone investing is sports turf has probably deliberated about the decision for some time. The biggest debate raging in the world of sports turf has to do with making a decision between artificial materials and organic. Organic turf has become increasingly popular as questions are raised about the sustainability and environmental ramifications of artificial turf. Here’s why:

• Primarily composed of plastic based materials and recycled tire matter, artificial turf might be appealing to some in the sports world, but for the most part, there is consensus that the future is organic.

• The original appeal of artificial sports turf was that it promised lower maintenance costs and less intensive maintenance scheduling. However, the challenges of keeping artificial sports turf up-to-date are just as numerous as with organic.

• Fertilization, aeration, irrigation, and mowing are all essential to the process of repair and recovery for natural sports turf. Due to the intense level of foot traffic on most fields of sports turf, the ground needs ample recovery time. Many natural varieties of turf grass are grown specifically to be resilient to this kind of activity.

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