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Turf Talk
Sprigs!!

Turf Talk

As the spring season comes to an end and our tournament season begins, you may notice some improvements going on here at the Maryland SoccerPlex.  We do our best to ensure that our fields are the very best, which is why we wanted to inform you about some of the renovations we are doing on fields 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17.

 

Sprigging is the process of removing stems from mature Bermuda grass and replanting them in a different location.  Sprigs are typically 3 to 5 inches long and contain numerous nodes (I.e. growing points) from which new roots and shoots develop.  Sprigging will ensure that we have strong root development and grass coverage throughout the life of the field. 

One of the reasons we are doing this now is because the Bermuda fields are warm weather grass fields.  This is their time to grow and flourish, so we need to pay special attention to them at this time.  You may notice that the field looks a little worse for wear at the moment but no worries!  That is just the sprigs sitting atop the fields like loose grass.  The fields are still safe and as playable as always. 

Turf Talk
Field 6 Renovation May 12, 2014


 

Turf Talk

Field 6 Improvements

You may have noticed that Field 6 at the Maryland SoccerPlex is undergoing some rejuvenation at the moment.  This is a similar process that our Stadium field underwent last year.  Due to the type of grass on Field 6 (Kentucky Bluegrass) this process has to be done during its growing season, which is in the early spring time when it’s still cool out. 

A couple weeks ago we went in with our Field Top Maker and dug down about 1/8-14” and removed all the old, less desirable varieties of grass to help create a more uniformed playing surface.  Essentially, we cleaned the field up a little.

Next, was to use our Aerator to pull cores out of the field.  These cores were swept up and removed from the field leaving the holes in place. 

The field was then overseeded with two new varieties of grass in five different directions – again to help with uniformity of growth of the new grass.  These new varieties of grass will help with disease tolerance, require less watering, green up earlier in the spring and stay greener later in the fall.

The field was then top dressed with sand to fill in the holes.  This was done to help with drainage when it rains and decrease overall surface moisture.  The sand will help the seed that was planted to establish better and aid in growing.

Finally, the field was fertilized and watered.  As you can see Field 6 is coming along nicely.  It still needs time to grow and establish but will be ready to go soon and be back better than ever.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.  We work hard to maintain our fields so you can enjoy them to their fullest.  We look forward to seeing you back on Field 6 soon.

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