Braves’ new turf under close scrutiny

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The Atlanta Braves, in the not to distant future, will be playing in a new stadium on new turf. This has many fans, players, and coaches quite nervous, and excited. The turf played on at Turner Field was always one of the Braves advantages. Other teams would visit Turner field and not be able to handle how the ball would play off the turf. The Braves knew how to play it and this is why so many great fielders played on the Braves ball-club.

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Braves’ new turf under close scrutiny

  1. 1. Braves’ New Turf Under Close Scrutiny cwsportsturf.com/blog/braves-new-turf -under-close-scrutiny/ Keith Kitchen The Atlanta Braves The Atlanta Braves, in the not to distant f uture, will be playing in a new stadium on new turf . This has many f ans, players, and coaches quite nervous, and excited. The turf played on at Turner Field was always one of the Braves advantages. Other teams would visit Turner f ield and not be able to handle how the ball would play of f the turf . The Braves knew how to play it and this is why so many great f ielders played on the Braves ball-club. Many companies are most likely bidding on this project. the question comes back to the best turf to use. Do they join the likes of many other ball f ields and use artif icial turf , or do they use a grass like they have been using in Turner Field. For your inf ormation, the sod they have used at Turner Field is a Bermuda Grass that is drought resistant. This is a good grass to use on Southern stadiums, where in Northern stadiums, Kentucky Bluegrass is usually the choice. A wise choice would be to seek advice f rom a turf provider in Richmond. Commonwealth Sports Turf Surf aces is the leading authority on the best playing surf aces f or stadiums. They can not only advise on turf choices, but they can provide a comprehensive maintenance plan that would make the players and owners proud of their turf . New Turf Considerations When installing turf on baseball, f ootball, and other sport’s f ields, there are many f actors that need to be considered. Commonwealth Sports Turf would consider: Player Saf ety. This must be the f irst and f oremost f actor. No team can af f ord to have injuries because of the turf used on the f ield. Durability. The turf gets a lot of abuse f rom cleats and other actions. It needs to be able to withstand all of it. Irrigation. Real grass needs water. Consideration needs to be given on how the grass will be watered and f ed. Drainage. Too much water can kill grass. There needs to be a good drainage system. A plan needs to be put into place f or the best turf to install in the Braves new play area. The best way to do this is to f irst study the soil that exists there now. From that study, choices will be narrowed down. Will the soil handle a Bermuda grass? Does added soil need to be hauled in? What sort of maintenance plan needs to be instituted f or the best results depending on the climate? All eyes are upon the owners and managers of the Atlanta Braves to see what the plan will be. Will the new playing f ield be f ast like Turner Field was in the days that Chipper Jones played? Will they slow it down with a longer and thicker grass that could also cause injuries? Yes, it is true: the Braves’ new turf is under very close scrutiny. Commonwealth Sports Turf Surf aces. Image Credit:
  2. 2. Turner Field: Home of the Atlanta Braves by Geof f Livingston About Latest Posts Keith Kitchen Owner at Commonwealth Sports Turf Services Growing up on a working f arm that f eeds your f amily gave Keith an appreciation f or the importance of planning f or growth. It was corn and peanuts then, now it sports turf . Af ter graduating f rom Virginia Tech with a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Economics and spending 5 years with Southern States, Keith partnered into a new business venture overseeing natural turf maintenance f or Luxury Lawns, a startup maintenance company. Continued growth over 20 years has placed Luxury Lawns, a company Keith now owns, in the top small businesses in the Midlothian area specializing in residential turf management, landscape design and installation, and hardscape applications. Af ter success in the residential turf market, Keith launched Commonwealth Sports Turf and now manages the day to day operations of the business. Latest posts by Keith Kitchen (see all) Braves’ New Turf Under Close Scrutiny - April 8, 2014 Improve Your Turf with Core Aeration - April 8, 2014 Winning the War on Weeds - March 28, 2014

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