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Drainage and Irrigation for Your Sports Turf

Drainage and Irrigation for Your Sports Turf

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Commonwealth Sports Turf Services has improved and maintained quality sports turf since 2003, with 31 years combined sports turf experience in Richmond, Virginia. Keith Kitchen, president, started a residential turf and landscaping company, Luxury Lawns, who were contracted by several high profile sports complexes to maintain their turf. Keith’s vision grew and his creative approach to innovative services supports the basics of turf science facilitating pristine fields for any turf environment.
Commonwealth Sports Turf Services has improved and maintained quality sports turf since 2003, with 31 years combined sports turf experience in Richmond, Virginia. Keith Kitchen, president, started a residential turf and landscaping company, Luxury Lawns, who were contracted by several high profile sports complexes to maintain their turf. Keith’s vision grew and his creative approach to innovative services supports the basics of turf science facilitating pristine fields for any turf environment.

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Drainage and Irrigation For Your Sports Turf 
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Drainage and Irrigation for Your Sports Turf 
Commonwealth Sports Turf Services has improved and maintained quality sports turf since 2003,with 31 years combined sports turf experience in Richmond, Virginia. Keith Kitchen, president,started a residential turf and landscaping company, Luxury Lawns, who were contracted byseveral high profile sports complexes to maintain their turf. Keith’s vision grew and his creativeapproach to innovative services supports the basics of turf science facilitating pristine fields for any turf environment.
Turf Services in Virginia
Commonwealth Sports Turf Services include golf course greens, high school athletic fields,football fields, soccer and baseball fields, rugby fields and county parks.CST analyzes all details of your unique sports turf situation. Your root depth, soil compactionand heavy traffic areas are all relevant to the health of your sports turf. Aerating impacts your greens but do you know to what degree is too much or not enough? Knowing what your sportsturf need are questions that have scientific answers. Each turf needs a different and varyingapproach.
First Things First: Soil Study
Before maintenance for your sports turf can beinitiated it is important to study the soil in eachfield area noting that each soil bed is unique inits own level of nutrients. By studying your soilwe can comprehend nutrient compositionunderlying the medium of growth and supply youwith a deficiency report. A discovery documentincluding a graph which represents your soilnutrients where they are now and where theyshould be in the future for the most durability.  An application study is reevaluated each year for good health. Maintenance without a soil studymay result in unnecessary treatments or costs.
Mechanical Services: Strategy Action
 After your soil study a personalized plan is initiated with needed granular and liquid nutrientchemicals and recommended quantity applications action. Your sports turf may be scheduled for core aeration, deep core aeration, top dressing or verticutting, whichever fits your maintenanceneeds.
Maintenance
Commonwealth Sports Turf uses cutting edge equipment, investigates in-depth research andtheir employees, with proven abilities, make CST both professional and gives them the ability toprovide best maintenance practices.
 
Monthly Strategy
Communication is a key factor to our client’s field progress addressing concerns and planningproject strategies. Meeting once a month helps to ensure evaluating health of sports turf through planned usage.
Core Aeration: Improvement and Predictability
Your strategized services to maintain your turf may vary from removing thatch or deep tininggreens. However a main factor for peak performance, in any sports turf, is core aeration alsoreferred to as coring, spiking, slicing or soil cultivation.
Deep Tine Aeration
 Allowing maximum aeration with the least impact for turf usability is deep tine aeration. Coreaeration lessens possible soil compaction which can result in hardening the surface being played.
Verticutting
Verticutting removes thatch from Bermuda turf,a necessity to plant health. Thatch is anexcessive build-up of clippings prohibiting thepenetration of oxygen, nutrients and water toroot area. Vericutting thins grass increasing
drainage
 allowing leaf blades thereforeimproving aesthetics for ball roll and playability.
Core Distribution
Cores are collected using a turf sweeper then reapplied to areas needing viable roots, which cangrow immediately.
Top Dressing
Sand and compost or a combination of the two, are inserted in the soil profile creating a chadecreasing soil compaction and leaving a better playing area for oxygen and nutrients to
drain
into the soil root.Keith’s vision grew and his creative approach to innovative services supports the basics of turf science, facilitating pristine fields for any turf environment here in Virginia. AboutLatest Posts
Keith Kitchen
Owner at Commonwealth Sports Turf ServicesGrowing up on a working farm that feeds your family gave Keith an appreciationfor the importance of planning for growth. It was corn and peanuts then, now itsports turf. After graduating from Virginia Tech with a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Economics and spending 5 years with Southern States, Keith partnered into a newbusiness venture overseeing natural turf maintenance for Luxury Lawns, a startup maintenancecompany. 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. After success in the residentialturf market, Keith launched Commonwealth Sports Turf  and now manages the day to dayoperations of the business.

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