Up your game: Sports field and lawn maintenance

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Up your game: Sports field and lawn maintenance

Lawn maintenance

Sports fields are the unsung heroes of the game. Unless something is amiss or out of place, the sports field goes unnoticed and rightly so. The sports field’s job is to facilitate the game and the more efficiently it does that, the less likely it is that the sportsmen notice it.

Achieving the perfect turf, whether you’re a golfer or a rugby player, is about your care and maintenance routine. It takes rigorous work and a well-thought-out maintenance schedule to keep the grass maintained.

Then, even with the perfect plan, pests crawl in. Or the grass suffers in the heat. It fails to thrive, and one single oversight can ruin the season’s sports surface. This may affect a game or two, or it could affect your season’s revenue, impacting your reputation and your ability to attract more business.

Spring lawn maintenance and care

Now that spring has sprung, it’s officially sports season. FSG loves this time of year, it’s our time to shine. Sports season means it’s time to relook at the condition of your sports fields and re-evaluating your care procedures. Caring for your sports field is an investment, it’s supposed to enhance what you offer people – better sports terrains attracts more sportsmen.

The types of turf selected for sportsfields withstand foot traffic (the impact of running and walking), offer heat resilience, and drought tolerance. Maintenance requirements are also factored in, tougher grass needs less fussing. If you’re looking for perfection across a rugby field, you can’t have lawn that requires ongoing cajoling and gentle care. You need a tough variety that boasts resilience and thrives in heat.

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The best turf varieties for low maintenance lawns and sports fields

Lawn maintenance can provide you with better results if you’re wise about your care routines, grass-types, and your approach to care. FSG’s favourite grass varieties are straightforward – we choose these grass types because they give the best results. Read on and learn more:

Artificial turf

Artificial turf has been gaining popularity – its maintenance is simpler than that of real grass. It also requires no water, which provides enormous monthly overhead reductions. This turf also requires zero fertilisers and pesticides, again, resulting in cost savings and less maintenance work. Artificial turf is versatile, easy to maintain, safe, and the monthly costs to keep it in pitch-perfect shape is very low.

Kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestinum)

Kikuyu is a popular lawn choice in South Africa. It offers rapid growth to the point where some regions consider it an invasive species. For lawn, however, it’s ideal. It reaches a height of 70 – 150 millimetres, and it thrives in sandy soils. Its inexpensive qualities combined with its drought tolerance makes it hardy enough for dry regions, and cost-effective to maintain. Kikuyu can be top dressed to add smoothness to the lawn surface.

Cynodon Dactylon “Princess” 77

Cynodon Dactylon “Princess” 77 is a deep rich green colour. It’s medium to fine texture gives it thickness. This variety enjoys full sun, relatively humid conditions, and tolerates heat exceptionally well. It requires little water which means ongoing maintenance is fairly easy. We love this variety because it has a thin thatch layer, meaning the layer of dead grass in the middle remains minimal. A thin thatch layer gives you greener grass that requires less manpower in the form of aeration and tilling to keep it evergreen. This lawn type can be lightly top dressed for added smoothness.

LM Lawn (Dactyloctenium Australe)

LM lawn is indigenous to South Africa and it offers superior shade tolerance. While it does withstand foot traffic, its true talent lies in its ability to thrive in hot and dry conditions and its super fast growth. It grows in a variety of soils and remains green and lush throughout the seasons, even winter. Mow, when it reaches 6CM in height. It is important to establish smoothness at installation as this lawn cannot be top dressed. 

Troubleshooting and general lawn maintenance

Once you have established the turf variety of your choice, you may run into some issues on your maintenance journey. The grass may show bare patches of earth, it may recede, it may turn brown, or cease to grow all together. The following services from FSG’s lawn care regimen will address the relevant problem and return the lawn to its state of former glory.

  • Scarification – removing the middle layer of the grass for a greener and well-nourished lawn
  • Aeration – for looser soil around the roots to promote breathing and better water and nutrient uptake
  • Top dressing – this practice addresses uneven terrain, it improves soil drainage, and repairs areas showing heat or chemical stress on specific grass types, as mentioned.
  • Hollotining – a more aggressive form of scarification to aeration, to increase the green layer of grass by removing the dead layer.

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FSG’s landscaping division

Maintaining an ever-green and ever-ready turf that’s waiting for sportsmen is a full-time job unless you really know what you are doing. In our case, it’s simply a matter of working smart to deliver fast results.

Creating and maintaining turf for sports fields is one of our favourite services to offer our clients. We use the latest technology in the industry, this helps us achieve a higher level of quality. Meaning, our clients have permanent access to an image library of the premises. Our photo-reporting system gives you an image library of visual records of the state of your sports field. Enjoy a play-by-play of every improvement we’ve made, documented and stored for you.

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