Following the 2013 US Open, Merion Golf Course had their driving range completely renovated. The renovation by Motton Golf Course Renovations Inc., was a major upgrade of the existing range and included the installation of a new sub-base and a network of underdrainage. The playing surface was sculpted into beautiful undulating sight lines utilizing over 2,000 cubic yards of Laurel Valley Enriched Topsoil on which new sod was laid. The sod laid in late spring knitted in exceptionally well and the range was opened on schedule in the early fall.
The Radnor Hunt Race Meet is one of the most prestigious stops along the spring Steeplechase horse racing circuit. With nearly $200K of purse money on the line and the most elite horses racing, the safety and condition of the race course is of utmost importance. The National Steeplechase Association rates the condition of all their race courses on the circuit and Radnor consistently scores 10 out of 10, in both turf quality and soil density. This is because the race director invests in seeding, aerating, and compost topdressing every year.
Compost amended soils promote a deeper, healthier root structure for turf which provides shock absorption and helps prevent divoting and shearing of the turf. This results in preventing slips, falls, and soft tissue injuries not only for horses, but human athletes as well.
Charles Fitzgerald of Grass Management, is known as a wizard of turf and at Radnor, he prefers to topdress with Laurel Valley Soils TurfDress Compost. The flowability of the compost through his topdressing equipment, along with proven results, makes this compost Charlie’s choice for large sports turf applications.
Topdressing turf in conjunction with aeration and overseeding is an excellent way to lighten the soil and reduce compaction, which in turn increases both water absorption and moisture retention. Applying Laurel Valley Cyclone Compost also provides organic slow-release nutrients, rich amounts of organic matter and beneficial soil biology. When the health and safety of family, pets and the environment is top priority, compost is the best all around all-natural turf management tool available.
Laurel Valley’s Cyclone Compost was specifically designed for use with blower trucks. It is lightweight, friable and flows through the hopper and hose without clogging. Utilizing a mulch blower truck is the most efficient way to topdress turf for large acreage projects, as well as being handy in residential communities when working in tight spaces between trees, houses and driveways.