October 2014

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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30 SportsTurf | October 2014 Facility & Operations | By Stacie Zinn Roberts I t's late November 2013 in Fort Morgan, CO and the crew at Graff 's Turf Farms stands in a field of HGT Bluegrass waiting for the frost to melt away from the tips of the grass blades. Once the shiny layer of white frost, the telltale signs of morning cold, have disappeared, the crew jumps on their harvester to peel ¾-inch of sod and soil from the sandy surface of the farm field. The 4-foot-wide strip of turf runs up a conveyor belt and rolls around and around and around, until a 75-foot-long strip of sod is tightly wound into what is known in the sod production industry as a big roll. From there, the big rolls of turf are packaged onto a climate-controlled truck so that they won't freeze during the trek from Colorado to St. Louis, MO. A short 36 Sodding a Seeded variety gets MLB teams up & running quickly Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals Graff's Turf Farms during the harvest of the HGT Bluegrass.

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