Natural athletic turf fields look incredible and are more environmentally friendly, but they must be carefully cared for to stay safe and playable. At Scientific Plant Service, our team provides specific treatments to keep your athletic field thick and uniform, so it plays well. Our treatments also keep the soil profile loose and well-drained. Our routine visits, combined with our expert top dressing, aeration, fertilization, grading, and sodding services, will maintain the health and playability of your athletic field.
Aeration and Top Dressing for Natural Turf
Aeration is crucial for keeping a natural turf athletic field ready for gameplay. By aerating the turf, we manage thatch, maintain good drainage, and encourage deep roots for grass plants. Deep-tine aeration is the first step in maintaining a well-drained field. Deep-tine aeration penetrates the soil up to 16 inches deep to reduce compaction and improve drainage.
Core aeration is another option that opens up the soil and removes thatch by removing ¾-inch cylinders of soil up to 4 inches deep. The core debris is then broken up by dragging and then worked back into the surface. When the surface is open after aeration, the time is right to top-dress the field with compost or sand.
Custom Spraying and Fertilization Treatments
Disease, nutrient management, weeds, and insect control on your natural turf athletic field should be left to the professionals. Our application equipment applies the precise amount of materials needed for your lawn. You may also work with the Scientific Plant Service team to custom design an annual program if you prefer. This custom plan may include plant growth regulators (PGR), specialized nutrients, and drainage enhancers.
Turf nutrition begins with soil testing. The results of the tests make it possible to formulate the most effective nutrition program. When fertilizing turf, we utilize POLYON fertilizer. This efficient fertilizer slowly releases nutrients and enables us to apply a year’s worth of nutrition with one application. This means your field requires fewer applications and can enjoy uniform color throughout the season.
Grading and Sodding Athletic Fields
After a season of heavy use, your natural turf athletic field will require some renovation. After the season, your athletic field can be restored by stripping the existing surface, verifying the grade to avoid puddling, and installing new sod. When installing new sod on an athletic field, we use “big roll” sod to ensure that there are fewer seams, which helps the sod grow faster and create a uniform playing surface.
If you want to maintain your natural turf athletic field before, during, and after the game season, you can trust Scientific Plant Service for effective specialized treatments.
Scientific Plant Service Is Your Go-To Source In Landscape Healthcare
Scientific Plant Service, located in Baltimore, is a privately owned corporation, chartered in Maryland in 1957 by Frank J. Burke. We started as a full-service Arborists specializing in the care of shade trees and ornamental shrubs, but today we are a Lawn Care company that is a huge part of the community. From aquatic environments and snow management to deer and mole control, SPS has services tailored specifically for your lawn and landscape.
We offer services in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, including: Harford, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Calvert counties in MD, as well as Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church in VA. For more information, contact us online, or call us at 410-321-0970. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.