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Green Mountain Grills In Stock

We just got a new shipment of Green Mountain Grills! When you purchase a grill between now and February 29, 2016, you will receive a FREE GRILL COVER and a FREE WARRANTY UPGRADE. Take advantage of this EARLY BIRD SPECIAL and get a jump on Spring cookouts!

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Green Mountain Grills Early Bird Special

Take advantage of our Early Bird Special which is a FREE Grill Cover and FREE Warranty Upgrade with the purchase of any Green Mountain Grill. Offer expires February 29, 2016.

Visit us at Easton Sod Farms to purchase the grill model that is right for you. We will give you the grill cover and you will send in a copy of your invoice/receipt to GMG to redeem your upgraded warranty.

Get a jump on Spring/Summer cookouts with a new grill!

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Firewood

We received a fresh supply of firewood yesterday. Stock up for the remainder of Winter or get your fire pit supply for Spring.

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Feels Like Spring

We started replenishing our mulch supplies this week. With the 73 degree sunny day we’re having today and the fresh smell of mulch, it feels and smells a lot like spring around the sod farm!

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Weed Control: Preemergent

When the weather is cold, it is sometimes difficult to begin thinking about lawn care. But, February is upon us which means it is time to start thinking about weed control: preemergent.

Below are some basic weed control suggestions. READ AND FOLLOW ALL LABEL DIRECTIONS.

For Fescue: Early February – Early March

Preemergent Grass Control – (pick only one, products with “**” are best, REMEMBER DO NOT APPLY PRIOR TO SEEDING OR LAYING SOD). A second application may be needed, see labels for details.
bensulide (BETASAN®️, SCOTT’S WEEDGRASS PREVENTER®️)
dithiopyr** (DIMENSION®️) – preemergent activity
pendamethalin** (SCOTT’S HALTS®️ and many others)
prodiamine** (BARRICADE®️) – on fertilizer particle
oryzalin** (SURFLAN®️) – if Kentucky bluegrass is present, consider another herbicide
oryzalin+benefin (XL2G®️, AMAZE®️) – if Kentucky bluegrass is present, consider another herbicide
siduron (TUPERSAN®️) – use only if seeding in spring and in fescue, bluegrass, or ryegrass only. TUPERSAN®️ is weak but is the only preemergent herbicide that can be used at seeding time on cool-season turf grass.

Preemergent Broadleaf Control

isoxaben (GALLERY®️, PORTRAIT®️)


For Bermuda

Preemergent Crabgrass Control – February 20 to March 5 (pick only 1, products with “**” are best)
bensulide (BETASAN®️, SCOTT’S WEEDGRASS PREVENTER®️)
dithiopyr** (DIMENSION®️) – preemergent activity
pendamethalin** (SCOTT’S HALTS®️ and many others)
prodiamine** (BARRICADE®️) – on fertilizer particle
oryzalin** (SURFLAN®️) – on fertilizer particle
oryzalin+benefin (XL2G®️, AMAZE®️)

Preemergent Broadleaf Control – August 25 to September 15
isoxaben (PORTRAIT®️) – fall use to prevent winter broadleaf weeds

Northbridge Bermuda at Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City

Easton Sod Farms supplied Northbridge Bermuda to Myriad Botanical Gardens in May, 2014.

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Easton Sod Farms Closes for Holidays

Easton Sod Farms – ALL LOCATIONS – will close at Noon on Wednesday, December 23, 2015, and will reopen for business on Monday, January 4, 2016. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thank you.

Latitude 36 Bermudagrass in the World Series

Our friends over at Sod Solutions made us aware of the Kansas City Royals infield during the World Series. The Royals use Latitude 36 in their infield and it looks really beautiful!

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SHARE: Grass versus Synthetic Fields

We would like to share the below article from SportsTurf Insider with you:

Grass versus synthetic fields takes root for small college soccer
in Daily News October 27, 2015

Since the beginning of the program in 1981, the Ithaca College women’s soccer team has played on a grass field. However, in recent years, many schools have transitioned to turf due to the affordability and maintenance of turf fields.

In 2001, the team’s home field was renamed from Upper Terrace Field to Carp Wood Field.
Since then, the field hosted the 1998 NCAA women’s soccer Final Four, as well as the 2014 Empire 8 Tournament and multiple NCAA playoff games.
Head coach Mindy Quigg said it’s important to her that the field is made of grass and not artificial turf.

“I prefer grass because, traditionally, soccer is played on grass, and I think it’s truer to the nature of the game,” Quigg said. “It’s where it is meant to be played.”
Lately, many of the Bombers’ away competitions have been on turf fields. Many collegiate programs have transitioned from grass to turf due to a lack of space as well as cheaper maintenance prices, Quigg said.

However, within the Empire 8, the majority of schools have maintained grass fields. Alongside the Bombers are Elmira College, Hartwick College, Nazareth College and Utica College, which have grass fields. The teams that have transitioned to artificial turf are Alfred University, Houghton College, St. John Fisher College and Stevens Institute of Technology.

Jill McCabe, head women’s soccer coach and associate athletic director at St. John Fisher, said she disagrees with Quigg on the topic of playing surfaces and prefers to play on their turf field in Growney Stadium because of the pace and the quality of the surface.

“We are a technical team that a large turf field is typically an advantage for us over less technical teams,” McCabe said. “There are few quality grass fields in the Northeast, and as the season and weather wears on, the grass does not create a great surface to play on.”

On Sept. 19–20, the team took part in a tournament in Rochester, New York, in which all matches were played on turf. Quigg said playing games on turf sets a different pace for the team.
“I think it definitely affects us. It’s a different game,” Quigg said. “It becomes a bit more direct on the turf, and that’s not really our style.”

Junior defender Aimee Chimera said the team definitely feels more comfortable playing on grass due to the feel of the playing surface.

“I think that we slow the game down a little on the grass field and play to feel better and play better through balls,” she said.

In the days following up to playing a match on a turf field, Quigg said she tries to get in practice time at Higgins Stadium turf to prepare the team.

“What we’ve been doing is playing a lot of one- or two-touch and trying to get the turf for a couple of hours when we can,” Quigg said. “When we are on the turf, we do a lot of technical work on it. I think it’s beneficial when we go to play games on turf, and the players feel like it is, even if it’s just mental.”
However, this is difficult because of the large number of varsity and club sports at the college. The only slots usually available to the team are 6–8 a.m. or late in the evening, Quigg said. She added that changing the players’ practice schedule drastically messes up their sleep schedules and therefore their game play.

Not only does the turf change the style of play for the Bombers, but it also physically affects their bodies. Chimera said the constant change from grass to turf makes her and her teammates’ legs sore.
“I know a lot of girls on the team had trouble with their knees and ankles, and the difference in the surface definitely affects recovery,” Chimera said. “Grass tends to be softer on the joints and is the better option when preventing injuries and soreness.”

Dr. Michael Freitas, associate professor of clinical orthopedics and team doctor for the Western New York Flash, has done research on the difference between grass and turf in relation to injuries and said there is not enough research out to determine the difference.

Quigg said she has found that her team is more prone to injury when playing on turf. These injuries originate in how the player’s feet plant differently and the amount of give that the surface provides.
Although it is hard to tell how the difference between playing on turf and grass affects all aspects of soccer, one thing is for sure: The Bombers aren’t looking to give up their grass field anytime soon.

“The women’s soccer team will definitely never transition to turf,” Chimera said. “I don’t think that Coach Quigg would ever want to give up our beautiful grass field.”

Fescue Watering Requirements

Watering Requirements for Heartland Supreme Fescue:

Keep soil moist during establishment. When mature, moisten to 4-6 inches soil depth. Water mature grass when footprint impressions remain after walking over lawn. Adjust watering based on the needs of the lawn and rainfall that occurs and not a set schedule.

January — 1″/2week
February — 1″/2week
March — 1″/week
April — 1″/week
May — 2″/week
June — 2″/week
July — 2″/week
August — 2″/week
September — 2″/week
October — 1″/week
November — 1″/week
December — 1″/2week