Natural Turfgrass Reduces Athlete Injuries Compared to Synthetic

When you think of ways to prevent athlete injuries, what comes to mind? Maybe better protective equipment, restricting practice time to avoid overexertion, or more training on proper body mechanics? While all of these things are important, there’s one significant way to prevent athlete injuries that is right under your nose and feet! It’s natural turfgrass. There are many advantages of natural vs. synthetic turf grass in sports: reduced injuries and a safer playing environment. Athletes can sustain a variety of injuries while playing on synthetic turf. Some include: Burns, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke Increased lower extremity injuries Physical exhaustion related to fatigue Increased concussions Increased non-contact injuries Exposure to known carcinogens MRSA and other bacterial infections Choosing the right turfgrass also depends on the athletic venue. 

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Spring Lawn Care Tips To Keep Your Grass Healthy and Lush

Spring is in full bloom, so it’s the perfect time to head outside and give your lawn some much-needed TLC. The right lawn care efforts now will help to keep your grass healthy and lush all spring and summer.  Mow After Sod Ends Its Dormancy Some types of sod enter a dormancy period over the winter by turning brown and growing much slower than normal. If your sod did complete a dormancy cycle, wait until it emerges from dormancy to mow again.  It’s usually safe to do this by mid-March. Never remove more than a third of the leaf blade at a time to ensure that your sod can continue to grow as it should. It’s also important to make sure that your lawnmower blades are sharpened. This allows your mower to neatly slice through the grass instead of ripping the blades. 

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Why Lawns Turn Brown

You want your sod to look lush, green, and healthy, so it’s always disappointing when brown spots emerge. Some types of sod are more vulnerable to brown spots than others, especially in the hot Florida climate. Fortunately, brown spots can usually be eliminated with the right sod care and attention. Here’s what you need to know to understand why your lawn is turning brown and how to reverse it! Brown Spots Due to Lack of Watering Has the weather been dry recently, or have you forgotten to water your sod on a regular basis? This may cause your sod to turn brown, especially if it’s new sod that is still working to establish roots in the ground. 

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How Often Should I Water New Sod?

It’s no secret that your grass needs water to remain vibrant and healthy, but that isn’t as easy as it sounds in Florida. How much water is best? When and how should you nourish your new sod? Use the following tips to develop and maintain a purposeful and realistic lawn watering schedule for your yard.  Water Frequently During Weeks 1 and 2 After Installation. Your new sod needs a grow-in period to start thriving. During this time, make sure you stay off your lawn entirely, other than to water it. 

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When Should I Mow My New Sod?

If you recently gave your Florida yard a spruce-up with new sod, you may be wondering how to best care for it as your new sod flourishes and grows. In particular, you’re probably wondering when and how you should start to mow. Here is some critical information you need to make sure your new sod receives the proper care. Don’t Mow Until the Grass Is Rooted Well Your new sod needs this period to start thriving. During this time, make sure you stay off your lawn entirely. The most important priority during this period is watering. 

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How to Take Advantage of Cooler Temps to Protect Your Lawn from Weeds

Cooler temps mean that your lawn goes to sleep, just like so many other things in the wintertime. But unfortunately even though your grass is going dormant, other plants thrive on cold temperatures and will take over your lawn if you’re not careful. The bottom line is that while your grass is dormant and doesn’t need as much care, you still have to keep a watchful eye, take action as soon as the need arises, and keep up with some basic maintenance to keep your lawn healthy even though it’s not in its growing season.

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