Sports Field Management

As a newbie to lawn care terminology, “sports field management” makes me think of not the angry coach who storms the field. I think of the older, more calm “sports manager” who comes out of the dugout to pull the angry guy off the umpire. This older guy is obviously, the “sports field manager”. However, a little knowledge goes a long way, and I have recently learned what sports field management means around here.

All you need is a coach and a tractor

Not that long ago, the management of many smaller school sports fields were the responsibility of the coaches. A lucky coach was one who had a few maintenance guys on a crew to help them out in the summer. It’s not that far fetched to assume that there have been parents, booster clubs, even players who put in hours attempting to keep the field cut and green. However, the level of competition continues to rise.

Best BBQ in town

Today, sports are about more than who won the game. It’s about the nicest stadiums, coolest uniforms, loudest sound system and best looking media guides. Hey, we even judge you on your BBQ nachos around here. What team doesn’t want all of that? In addition to looking good in, around, and on the field, the field itself needs to look good! 

OK, it’s more than just good looks.

The sports field is more than just a green patch of grass or “turf”. The field of play should be healthy, thriving and safe! A safe field is not too wet, not too dry, it has the correct density so as not to cause injuries to players. A lush and thriving field can be used quickly after rain. No one has time to forfeit or reschedule games because of a waterlogged field! So what does it take to have a healthy sports field?

Three steps to a thriving and beautiful field of play

There are three key “ingredients” to reviving, building or even dreaming of a healthy field of play. Verticutting, aeration and topdressing are key to good sports field health. Verticutting allows your turf to breathe easy, absorb nutrients and soak in moisture. Aeration perforates the soil to allow water, air and nutrients in. Top dressing applies sand or a soil mixture after aeration. These three steps conducted by our licensed technicians at Lawn and Pest Solutions can give you a winning field . Contact us here at Lawn and Pest Solutions. We are located in North Mississippi and service areas from the Memphis area and south. Our expanding sports field management services could be just what your team needs for a winning season. 

Aeration for lawns

Leave it to me to compare lawn care and skin care (and just a tad bit of art history), but it just had to be done. This week our blog topic is aeration of the lawn. Recently we have been promoting aeration with our new sports field service, but today we are focusing on aeration of our lawns. 

What is lawn aeration?

Aeration is a process where, to put it simply, holes are poked in your lawn. The holes in the top surface allow for “the good stuff” to get down into the roots. “Good stuff” includes water, nutrients, and fertilizer. Aeration makes everything healthy.

Do I need to aerate?

The layer of dead grass (thatch) that builds up on your lawn can rob your grass of necessary rain and nutrients. Aeration can break up and get through thatch which has compacted over time. Aeration can improve the health and beauty of your lawn significantly.

So what does this have to do with skin care?

A few years ago, it became a trend among celebrities to micro needle or derma roll their faces. A derma rolling tool looks scary to say the least, like an old manual lawnmower covered with tiny needles. You roll this scary tool all over your face to “aerate” your skin. After rolling, you indulge your skin with every kind of magical potion you can get your hands on. As crazy as it sounds, the users swear by the process. What’s the difference in the two? Your lawn and your face are both are being aerated!

Do I need a professional to aerate my lawn? 

One actual Google result about lawn aeration is “can I use a pitchfork to aerate my lawn?”. Well. How much time do you have on your hands? OK, the answer is yes, you can get out your pitchfork if you have a lot of time, a lot more energy, and hopefully, a really tiny yard. 

(As promised, here’s one for the painters)

As an avid lover of art history, I can’t just let the pitchfork moment pass without giving you a chance to “aerate” your brain with one little reference to “American Gothic” by Grant Wood. Just in case you ever need a fine arts reference to pitchforks by American artists, you can thank me later. 

Not ready to get out the pitchfork today?

An easier solution would be to call a lawn professional like Lawn and Pest Solutions in New Albany, MS and let one of our licensed technicians take care of you (no pitchforks will be needed). You can contact us here to have one of our nice folks give you a quote on a lawn aeration service. We can make the Lawn and Pest Difference in your lawn today!

Does yard work count as “PE” for homeschooling?

Of course, yard work counts as physical education! Sheltering in place has taken a toll on most of us who are homeschooling children or just have restless teens and/or adults in the house. Here are several activities that will not only take the energy level down a notch, but will help your lawn in the long run.

Get off the sofa and mow the lawn!

Before you know it,  your lawn will be dry enough to get out the mower. This is a great time to teach those sofa dwelling children and teens how to mow.  Take a moment before you crank it up to click on the link to a blog we posted last year on “The Art of Scalping”. It never hurts to refresh your memory!

Here are more outdoor activities that definitely qualify as physical education and will have your lawn looking gorgeous by the time we can all get out and about! Here are some tips to get the children, teens and other household members moving:

  • Be careful not to prune spring or summer flowering shrubs or you will cut off blooms
  • Prune low hanging limbs from trees in your yard, this makes mowing easier, it improves your landscape and it gives the grass around your tree every opportunity to get sunlight it needs
  • If remulching your flower beds to keep weed growth down, don’t allow it to get too thick next to the foundation of your home, this can become a superhighway for termites!
  • Look for standing water in old flower pots, wheelbarrows, birdbaths, that old tire from your lawn mower. It only takes a teaspoon of water for mosquitoes to lay eggs, dump it out!
  • Do something to prevent weeds in your flower beds and lawn. If you don’t know what to do or you don’t want to do it, Lawn 360 is for you! Contact the Lawn and Pest professionals at Lawn and Pest Solutions.

There won’t be a test, but let’s review. Yes, yard work counts as physical education while homeschooling your children. So get them off the sofa, teach them how the lawn mower works and give them an A+.