How Much Soil Does A Turfgrass Farm Deplete?

This is a question we get asked all the time and we usually tell people, “Not as much as you’d think.”

We mow and mow and mow about 9 months out of the year and all those grass clippings decompose and go back into the soil. Plus all the fertilizer and sometimes lime that we put on the fields help retain the soil.

Here’s an article from the Turgrass Producers International organization that goes into some detail about how much is lost or gained and some of the studies that have been done on soil depletion. It’s only three pages long and not too technical so check it out if you’ve ever wondered about this topic.

How Much Soil Does a Turfgrass Farm Deplete?

Warm 2017 So Far

We aren’t typically quite this green this early but we’ve had an unseasonably warm Winter so far this year. We’ve really been green for almost the entire year it seems like. That’s not to say ALL of our fields are bright green but they’re getting there. Different fields are always a little bit different depending on the dirt, the rain, and the surrounding area (if it’s surrounded by woods or something). All those can make a difference in how the grass weathers the seasons.

Here are a couple of photos from one of our fields a couple of weeks ago on March 6th.

Y’all take care out there and keep us in mind for all your sod needs!

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!