Commercial Turf Management
Turf management is an often-neglected but incredibly important aspect of landscaping and gardening. A quick internet search for the term shows results mainly related to the maintenance of sports fields, but even if you don’t own a stadium, managing turf may be important to you. A landscaper creating a lawn for a home or a gardener maintaining green areas around planters and flower beds both have to carefully consider the principles of this complex art. Solid management of turf will produce beautiful results, but neglecting these considerations may mean less than satisfactory landscapes and gardens.
Fundamentally, turf management is the art of growing and maintaining a field, usually of grass. It therefore calls for knowledge not just of varieties of grass and their requirements, but also soil, climate, water and the interactions of all of these. Since turf in the landscape or garden is rarely grown up for just a single season, the turf manager must consider all of these factors from a long-term point-of-view, taking into account seasonal changes and alterations of the landscape from year to year.
The first task in cultivating turf is the seeding or sodding of grass. Whether seed or sod is used will depend on the type of grass, the season and the nature of the soil. Aeration, fertilization, liming, additions of clay or sand and other alterations to the soil may be necessary in order to provide the best conditions for grasses. Insect control, disease prevention and weed control are important tasks both before grass is put down and after it is established. Landscapers and gardeners must cut or mow the turf in order to keep growth in check and encourage dense and healthy growth of the grasses.
For landscapers and gardeners, the creative shaping and design of turf areas are also important considerations. A baseball diamond has a definite shape, but turf in a backyard or garden area will follow the shapes of the house, the lot and garden areas. Management of turf in these areas will require careful attention to the different conditions in different sections of the turf areas in order to ensure even and healthy growth throughout.
Turf management for home and garden turf is a complex but rewarding art. A beautiful lawn of solid green or a garden divided up by picturesque paths of grass are only some of the possibilities of careful home-scale preparation and care of turf.