A New Perspective on Turf @ TPI Summer Conference 2013

This is a link to a really cool video filmed at Payne Sod Farm in Manteno, Illinois, by our friends at Sod Solutions and Xaircraft America.

I was there (this is Scott Murff by the way) and got to see this being filmed and also took my own video.  So in case you can’t figure out how the first video was filmed, check out the one below to see how it was done.  Very fun technology and I think Murff Turf may need one of these in the near future!

You can find out more about Xaircraft MultiRotor here.

And the Same St. Augustine Field One Week Later…

And the Same St. Augustine Field One Week Later…

The previous post contained pictures from May 30.  These are pictures from the same field, approximately the same spot, just one week later after we’ve harvested. A couple of these are panorama photos so hopefully they show up okay for you.  I’ve kind of gotten into panorama photos lately.

If you haven’t done so already you can check out or Facebook page and see other pictures and posts also.

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Another Frost

We had another cold night last night. The temperature got down around 34 degrees. That’s not a problem for the grass really except that we also had a frost on the ground! Frost is what takes the color out of the grass this time of year.

Our grass was much greener until we got a couple of frosts on February 14th and 15th. Those two frosts really knocked a lot of the color out of our grass.  And then with the frost last night it just keeps the grass brown and dormant and will take longer for it to be real green.

IMG_1172 IMG_1173The grass will really start to grow once the temps at night can stay above 60 degrees.

Just wanted to give an update on how the grass is coming along.  Thanks for checking in with us!

Winter is a Good Time To Plant

Winter is a Good Time To Plant

Just a reminder that the winter months are a great time to plant grass.  Yes, the grass you purchase will probably be yellow or brown because the warm-season grasses we grow in Texas turn dormant in the winter; but the grass is alive and healthy and can put down roots now and be ready to take off once the temperatures warm up.

And since the grass is dormant and we usually receive regular rains in the winter months the newly planted grass requires MUCH less water from you to get established!  Usually one good rain or watering from you right after you plant is all you will need to do this time of year.

Here’s a couple of pictures from grass we harvested on Thursday, January 31st.  You can see it has a little green color to it but it doesn’t have the normal bright green of spring.  But it is healthy and ready to be planted.

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We sometimes get asked why grass in neighborhoods is green but the grass in our fields is not.  We had a blog post on that in February 2011 about winter dormancy if you would like to read it; but as a refresher just know that neighborhoods with their closely packed houses and trees provide a great deal of protection for your grass.  The grass in our fields has zero protection from the cold and frost and therefore is generally going to be browner in the winter than neighborhood yards.

Thanks for stopping by our website and please give us a call if you are in the market for grass!