Baseball season opens in just a few short weeks, and with the Braves’ new stadium beginning construction this year, field design is on everyone’s minds. Turfgrass for football fields, baseball fields, and other sporting grounds have the difficult task of balancing beauty and functionality. Sod designed for athletic fields must withstand heavy wear-and-tear, complement the aesthetics of the field, and accentuate play. In honor of baseball’s Opening Day, NG Turf is taking a deeper look at baseball turfgrass.
All sports turfgrass must be tough enough to handle constant, heavy traffic from determined athletes, but baseball fields require special considerations. Because baseball season runs through the summer, sod installed on baseball fields require more heat and drought tolerance than other sports grasses. Cooler areas use Kentucky bluegrass for baseball fields, but southern stadiums (like the soon-to-be defunct Turner Field) install drought-resistant bermudagrass. NG Turf cultivates TifSport Bermuda sod for use on athletic fields. In addition to its drought and pest resistance, TifSport bermudagrass is extremely dense with soft, springy leaves, allowing fields to recover quickly from traffic and injury.
Athletic Field Necessities
Unlike residential or business landscapers, designers of sporting fields must predict how turfgrass will affect play. Some important considerations include:
- Rolling speed of balls (determined by thickness and texture of the grass)
- Ease of maintenance
- Texture (slicker grasses increase the risk of athlete injury)
- Heat and drought resistance
Installing Quality Turfgrass
NG Turf grows lush, weed-free turfgrass that’s Blue Tag Certified, guaranteeing you get the best sod for your North Georgia athletic field. Our turf is easy to install and maintain. For a professional turfgrass installation, call our sister company Sports Turf. For more information on sod varieties, call the NG Turf office in Whitesburg, GA.