May 8,
  With the Maryland SoccerPlex 
A weekly newsletter to keep you informed about EVERYTHING Turf at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
This week we will continue our mini-series of how we prep for the weekend day-by-day! This week we will see what takes place on an average Wednesday!
Get those mowers going!
Wednesday starts off as a second cut day for the fields, ensuring to keep the blades fresh and at the proper height. After the mowing crew goes through, other grounds crew members will apply a foliar spray if necessary. It is important that the foliar spray (turf multivitamin) is applied quickly after the first cut happens because within the first 2 hours after a mow the 90% of the nutrients provided by the spray are absorbed by the turf. Not only does the spray provide the nutrients to the grass, it also acts as a buffer to the fresh cut blades to almost protect the turf! This process can be tedious due to the vast number of fields we have.
Shift it up!
Every 3 weeks our team will perform a field shift on the full sided fields. A field shift is when we move the entire field to the left or the right of the starting 'center' alignment of the field. It is important to have this field shift because it helps in reducing ware and tear on highly trafficked areas, such as the goal mouth. The fields are shifted on a 3 week schedule. Our grounds crew shifts 17 out of our 21 natural grass fields over the span of 2 days!!! To shift the fields they must first ensure the current field lines are not visible. Sometimes it is necessary to paint over the lines with a green paint to help distinguish the new field lines. After the "old field" is faded, our grounds crew will have to remeasure every line to ensure complete accuracy in the new field. Once the field lines are measured the crew will finish off by painting the lines over! 

The 4 natural grass fields that are not shifted in the 3-week period are the short-sided fields. These fields have essentially 2-3 smaller fields within the one large field. Our short-sided fields get shifted every 4 weeks, which will fall halfway through our SAM Soccer season.

If the Washington Spirit have a home Saturday game, on Wednesday they will practice on the stadium field. To prepare for this anomaly the stadium field will get a fresh cut, and paint all before their practice begins at approximately 10 am.
Next Week
Check in next week as we see what happens on Thursdays!
Ask Us Your Questions
Do you have a burning turfgrass related question? Ask us! We will be happy to answer it in future iterations of Turf Talk - just email us at, subject line Turf Talk Question.
Many Thanks to Fine Earth Landscape, Inc. for 
Their Continued Support of the Maryland SoccerPlex.

Learn more about Fine Earth here.