turf at the professional level is vastly improved from the early days
of astro turf, which was first used in the 1970s. Last October, MLS
team Real Salt Lake opened Rio Tinto stadium and many are praising it
for its perfect pitch. For the soccer beginner, the “pitch” is merely a
term used to identify the playing field. At the center of this dazzling stadium is an emerald oasis.
field of dreams is kept green by numerous pop up sprinklers and
something we don’t see. The technology below the turf is the engine
that makes everything go. It can dry the field in less than 20 minutes,
and heat it up with subterranean warmers. The system also pumps oxygen
directly to the grass roots. This keeps the turf alive even when the
field is covered. The NFL and The Masters use similar advances on their
turf as well.
Fortunately, maintaining and irrigating residential sports courts aren’t nearly as elaborate, but they can be demanding. For putting greens, tennis courts, and grass sports courts, a few strategically placed pop-up sprinklers will do the trick.
You want to water until the surface area begins to puddle. However, over watering can invite fungus. During
the hottest months of the summer, this type of turf (usually bent or
Kentucky blue grass) needs to be fertilized and sprayed with
insecticide, then watered thoroughly.
Tightly cut practice greens and tennis courts
are expensive to maintain. They require more water and upkeep then you
might think, but what a luxury to have for any avid golfer and tennis
player. For more information on irrigation and maintenance of your
sports turf, ask the superintendent of your local golf and tennis club
or contact a professional installer for advice.
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