Arizona Cardinals Field Gets TLC for Training Camp

August 6th, 2014

Arizona Sod - CardinalsIt’s that time of year again… time for the Arizona Cardinals training camp which includes 18 practices and two preseason home games going on now through August 24. It’s free and open to the public, giving Cardinals fans the opportunity to watch the pro football players practice on the NFL’s top grass field, according to player surveys.

The field is truly one-of-a-kind. It’s made up of 19 million pounds of soil, sand, water and Bermuda grass. And in order to make it transportable, it’s placed in a movable barge that can be rolled in and out of University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on 500 steel wheels.

The unique technology on the Cardinals field has allowed it to withstand 10 annual home games, high-school title games, soccer, the Fiesta Bowl, two national championship college games and one Super Bowl over 8 seasons. What’s more, the fact that the field can roll out has allowed dozens of other events to take place inside the stadium without any damage done to this valuable field.

The Cardinals will be enjoying this training camp for the second time on this field, a marked change from the original training camp location in Flagstaff, Arizona. And according to Arizona Central, the Cardinals vice president of operations, John Drum has gone on record saying that the turf technology at the stadium has worked “flawlessly.”

In fact, the surface is softer and more stable than standard outdoor fields, which actually reduces player injuries. The only other field that comes close to the Cardinals field in North America is the Houston Texans field, but even that field has its sod grown in 8×8 pallets that are installed with forklifts.

So who is responsible for creating this original playing field that is considered to be the best in the country? None other than Evergreen Turf.

Jimmy Fox says, “This turf technology combines a soil and sand base with synthetic fibers that help the grass roots bind tightly together.”

The watering technique is unique as well, with the water applied under the sod in order for the roots to grow deeper into the sand. As for mowing, the field is typically cut to a half-inch.

The type of sod used on the Cardinals field is called Tifway 419. It’s known for its resilience to wear and tear as well as fluctuations in temperature.

Fox says, “The field does go into shock each time it’s rolled in or out of the stadium, with temperatures dropping from more than 105 degrees in full sunlight to 65 degrees in the shade.”

He added, “It grows slower indoors, just like in winter time, and takes three or four days to start growing again once it is rolled back into the heat.”

New sod is scheduled to be installed on the field around December, just before the Fiesta Bowl.

To check the practice schedule and get more information on attending the training games, visit Visit AZ Central to view the Evergreen Turf article on the Cardinals field..

Accenture Wraps Up at Dove Mountain, an Arizona Sod Golf Course

February 29th, 2012

Another great year at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship played at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain golf course. This Jack Nicklaus signature golf course is a stunning course and it seems like this year it challenged most of the players. In the end of the week long match play championships Hunter Mahan was able to push his game the furthest and beat Rory McIlroy in the last match. Mahan is now the World Golf Champion after winning with a 2 and 1 score at this year’s Accenture Match Play Championships. Below is an image from Accenture Match Play Championship of this years course out at Dove Mountain.

Accenture Match Play Championships at Dove Mountain, an Arizona Sod Golf Course

It’s been reported that the semi-finals and the finals were played on the same day, which doesn’t usually happen. This could have attributed to the way some of the players played. We are pretty sure Mahan is happy with the way the game played though. Even after traveling and playing in other tournaments for the five weeks before Accenture Match Play Championship Mahan still had enough energy and drive to play hard and win. This win for Mahan this gave him his second world championship title.

Next year we look forward to seeing who takes the win at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Evergreen Turf grows sod in Arizona for the Dove Mountain golf course and many other Arizona golf courses that also host tournaments. Follow this link for a full video recap on Round 6 of the Accenture Match Play Championship, from the PGA

Super Bowl 46 Had Same Result as Super Bowl 42

February 22nd, 2012

If you read our earlier blog post about the 2012 Super Bowl feeling like déjà vu from the 2008 Super Bowl played on our local sod field at Arizona Cardinal’s stadium, then you know that we don’t want to say we told you so, but we had a feeling this years result might happen.Super Bowl 2012 in Indianapolis

While Patriots fans certainly are not feeling good about Super Bowl XLVI (46), they did fight hard until the end trying to win this years game. In the end the Giants took home the win, from the Patriots one more time at a Super Bowl with the score ending in 21 – 17. We also hear that Indiana did a great job at hosting this year’s game and events that come along with it; so at least the fans, from both teams, were able to have a good time before the game – as only the Giants fans were celebrating after the game.

In just a few years the Super Bowl will be back in Arizona and we at Evergreen Turf look forward to conditioning our locally grown Arizona sod for the University of Phoenix Stadium to host the game. Considering the match up of the Patriots and the Giants started in Arizona maybe they will be playing here again come the 2015 Super Bowl. They say third times a charm so maybe both the Patriots and the Giants will make it back to Arizona and the Patriots could take the win.

Kyle Stanley Wins First Tournament at TPC - Waste Management Phoenix Open

February 22nd, 2012

The Waste Management Phoenix Open has come and gone and Valley residents are recovering from all the fun and suspense of watching the players battle it out for the win. The winner of the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open was Kyle Stanley, who took home over a million dollars. Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale, an Evergreen Turf Course

This popular golf tournament not only has the professional golf players leaving with money, but Valley charities also benefiting from the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This year one of the days events of wearing green raised $35,000 for Arizona Clean and Beautiful. Read more about how The Thunderbirds turned wearing green into such a great charitable day.

Back to the game… we hear Stanley was very happy with his first place trophy as the week prior he was defeated at another PGA tournament. Here is how he and some of the other players finished the weekend with the final leaderboard from this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open:

  • Kyle Stanley 69-66-69-65—269 (-15)
  • Ben Crane 69-67-68-66—270 (-14)
  • Spencer Levin 65-63-68-75—271 (-13)
  • D.J. Trahan 72-70-64-66—272 (-12)

We are thrilled that Stanley’s first time playing on the TPC greens at the Waste Management Phoenix Open brought him a win – congratulations Kyle Stanley!

Follow this link for a full video recap on Round 4 of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, from the PGA. We can’t wait to see who takes next year’s trophy home from the Open. In the meantime we know the TPC fairways sod will be ready for the tournament.

Waste Management Phoenix Open Played on Arizona Sod at TPC

January 30th, 2012

Arizona is home to many golf tournaments, but one of the most well known tournaments played in the Phoenix Metro area is the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which is happening this year on January 30 – February 5 at TPC Scottsdale. TPC Scottsdale is one of the local courses that Evergreen Turf supplies Arizona sod to. Come time for the Waste Management Phoenix Open the greens will be all set, not only for the golfers but also the crowds and the partiers that the Waste Management Phoenix Open is known for.

The Thunderbirds have been hosting the Waste Management Phoenix Open for many years. Through their efforts, they are able to give five golfers sponsor exemption this year. So far four of the five golfers have been announced, and they are: Jeff Quinney, Fred Couples, Harris English, and Mark Calcavecchia. Not only do the Thunderbirds help bring in some great golfers, they also give back to the community and the fans of the game with all of the festivities at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Thunderbirds work with dozens of Arizona charities that benefit from this event with donations of millions of dollars. While the Thunderbirds want to ensure there are great players at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, they also want to make sure the community is benefitting from it as well. One of the favorite things they are known for with fans is the Greenskeeper Tent.

Evergreen Turf prepping sod in Arizona at TPC for the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

During the golf tournament, there is a very popular section for patrons to watch the players from, the Greenskeeper Tent, which will be moving this year. If you have a Greenskeeper ticket for the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open you will now be viewing the tournament near the lake, along the 18th fairway and the 17th green. While here you will be able to see some of this years players, like Phil Michelson, Dustin Johnson, Justin Leonard, Lucas Glover and many more. Even though the Greenskeeper Tent will be moving locations it is still the most popular place to be and be seen at Waste Management Phoenix Open.

In any event, when you come to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, get there early and wear lots of sunscreen, the Arizona weather might be gorgeous, but the sun is still pounding down. This large tournament allows you to follow all of the players or stick with your favorite, in any case it’s best to let them play golf and not interrupt them. Also many people like to come out earlier in the week of the Waste Management Phoenix Open since there are different events going on all around, like the FBR/Xerox Silver Pro-Am. This particular event is popular because there is a lot of celebrity participation in it. There are also other Pro-Am games during the week as well if you are a golfer and want an opportunity to play. Another place to check out while you’re at the Waste Management Phoenix Open is the new Albertson’s Fan Zone. Here you can do all sorts of activities like check out the newest ATV and UTV from RideNow Power Sports or eat at Zinburger. This area is not only a fan zone, but a food, fun and entertainment zone!

If you didn’t get enough fun while at the Waste Management Phoenix Open during the day you can always come back at night on Wednesday – Saturday for the famous Birds Nest, adults only. This year the Birds Nest is sponsored by Coors Light and has a ton of great events in store for Waste Management Phoenix Open patrons. Opening Night at Birds nest will feature Slightly Stoopid. The Goo Goo Dolls will also be at Birds Nest to perform and of the Black Eyed Peas will be there for a special DJ set.

Waste Management Phoenix Open is a fun filled week for everyone to enjoy. If you need more information about the events happening at the Waste Management Phoenix Open click here. Also if you want to check out another great golf tournament in Arizona make sure to read our blog about World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship 2012 happening February 21 – 27.

Super Bowl 46: Will It Be a Repeat of Super Bowl 42?

January 30th, 2012

Seems like Super Bowl history might be repeating itself this year, only thing that’s different as of yet is the field the game will be played on. Super Bowl XLVI (46) will be the New York Giants vs. the New England Patriots, and it’s not the first time for these teams to come head to head at the Super Bowl. Just three years ago these same teams battled at University of Phoenix Stadium home to the Arizona Cardinals. After a hard fought battle on one of the top NFL fields, the New York Giants took the win for Super Bowl XLII (42).

This year Super Bowl XLVI (46) will be played in Indianapolis on the Colts field, where the Giants and the Patriots will be battling head to head, yet once again. Considering the history between these two teams it seems like the Patriots will have a lot of vengeance while playing the Giants. Not to mention that the season that these two teams competed, the Patriots were undefeated until the Super Bowl - one can only predict how heated this game will get.

No matter what team you are going for Super Bowl is a great event to watch as a football fan. There is also all of the feasting on tasty foods, cold beer and entertaining commercials to be watched. Good luck to the Giants and the Patriots!

In just another few years Arizona will be hosting the Super Bowl again, maybe these two teams will come back again or better yet our Arizona Cardinals would be playing on their Evergreen Turf-supplied home turf.

World Golf Champions - Accenture Match Play Championship Played on Arizona Sod

January 30th, 2012

A great view of Hole 7 at the Jack Nicklaus designed course at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain where World Golf Champions - Accenture Match Play Championship will be played this year.

For the past three years the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship has been played on one of the best golf courses in Southern Arizona. This Tucson area golf course is location in Marana, Arizona within the Dove Mountain community. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is home to this stunning Jack Nicklaus golf course where Accenture Match Play Championship is played. Evergreen Turf is proud to be the supplier of the local Arizona sod that is played on at this course. The golf course sets the bar when it comes to luxury playing, and staying. As a guest of the Ritz-Carlton resort you can play this course, which is highly sought after considering so many great golfers play here every year at the Accenture Match Play Championship. Or become a member of the Golf Club and have access to play the course year round. If you are a golf fan, this is a course that should be on your bucket list of courses to play, it’s also a tournament that should be on your list of golf tournaments to see in person.

Not only is the Accenture Match Play Championship set in beautiful surroundings, it is played on incredible courses. The two tournament nines are played on the Saguaro and Tortolita courses, for a par 72 measuring 7,833 yards. The courses and their architecture add to the fun of playing at this style of competition. Nicklaus built the courses with both professionals and everyday golfers in mind, where everyone could take to the greens, and possibly cross paths with the likes of Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Luke Donald, and Tiger Woods. Over the years Accenture Match Play Championship has had many talented golfers compete. This year’s players have not yet been announced, but considering the lineup of past years it’s sure to make for a great game.

Unlike most other golf tournaments Accenture Match Play Championship is based on a simple premise, have the best 64 golfers in the world compete in an exhilarating head-to-head match play tournament. To top it off, not only will the players be on very well manicured and beautiful courses they will be surrounded by Arizona’s naturally gorgeous habitat, but it gets even better – the Accenture Match Play Championship is the highest prize-money tournament in the world, last year Luke Donald earned $1.4 million by beating his fellow golfers. Even world renowned golfers, like Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood, and many others, that don’t win, can take hundreds of thousands of dollars home. While there is a lot of money for the players to win, Accenture Match Play Championship also gives back to others. Working with The First Tee charity and the Tucson Conquistadores Charities, which donate to many of the local charities such as Special Olympic, The Boys & Girls Club and more.

Evergreen Turf is looking forward to being a part of this year’s Accenture Match Play Championship at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain again. Accenture Match Play Championship is one of Arizona’s premier golf tournaments to see, click here for tickets or more information. Also if you missed this years Waste Management Phoenix Open make sure to read our blog post about it and check it out next year.

Phoenix Area Sod Lawns being taken over by Spurge

November 2nd, 2011

Sod in Arizona is fighting spurge

Over the summer many lawns in the Phoenix area can develop weeds, particularly Spurge. You might recognize this weed as close to the ground, dark in color with some forms having hairy or purple-red spotted leaves and red stems. Spurge can grow in a circular shape and create a dense mat of weeds (see image to the right). As you prepare your winter lawn we want to help you get rid of these pesky weeds.

Spurge is the most common turfgrass weed in the US, and Arizona in particular due to the heat. Spurge primarily grows in the summer, but it can grow well into the fall. It is easy for this weed to grow in Arizona sod in the fall since the weather remains warm here.

Your first reaction to kill this weed would be to spray it, but we advise against doing so. If you are planning to overseed your lawn, applying weed killing chemicals could slow down the growth of your new lawn. We recommend pulling the weed up with your hands, roots and all. This method of removing Spurge weeds is better for your lawn if you are preparing it for overseeding and in general, since it isn’t as harmful to your lawn.

If your lawn in Phoenix did grow Spurge this year we hope that you were able to pull it out before any real damage was done to your winter lawn. If you feel like your lawn is already a total loss you can always order fresh sod from our Arizona sod farm, already overseeded. In any case we want to help you prevent weeds from ruining all of your hard work in maintaining your sod in the Phoenix area, as it can be a struggle given our environment. The best weed prevention is a healthy lawn!

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Sod in Arizona Has Not Been Treated Well This Summer

July 29th, 2011

This summer has been rough on sod in Arizona, especially on many of the golf courses in the Valley. With all of the crazy weather Arizona had this year it made it difficult for bermudagrass to grow in well, creating sub par greens. We are happy to know that summer is almost over and things are looking up for Arizona golf courses.

In order to get some of the Valley’s best golf courses ready for the fall Evergreen Turf is rolling out the green carpet for these courses. After the hard summer these courses have had we will be busy maintaining the greens and fairways to ensure they are up to par come fall. See our latest job at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona home to Accenture Match Play Championships.

Fresh Arizona Sod at Poston Butte

Evergreen Turf, Arizona’s premier sod producer is also working on TPC Scottsdale, Wildfire at Desert Ridge, Poston Butte (see image on right) and Gainey Ranch just to name a few. We have our freshest varieties of sod from our Arizona farms ready for all golf courses. We’ll be sodding and sprigging with some of our Arizona sod varieties such as TifGrand, Tifway, Tifgreen, MiniVerde, TifEagle and TifDwarf. Evergreen Turf isn’t the only one who has noticed how hard Arizona golf courses were hit this summer. The United States Golf Association (USGA) has also taken note of the huge difference Arizona golf courses have had transitioning this summer compared to last. Read more about the USGA’s take on the summer golf course sod in Arizona this year.

Evergreen Turf is looking forward to Valley residents and guests getting the chance to play on these golf courses once they are fresh and ready with some of our very own Arizona sod. Also we are looking forward to our Arizona Cardinal’s getting out on their field of our Arizona sod come fall, now that the NFL lock out is over!

Best Grasses for Arizona Lawns

June 29th, 2011

There are many Arizona sod varieties to choose from when it comes to picking out the best grass for your Arizona lawn. As one of Arizona’s premier sod farm producers, we went ahead and compiled a list of top features of residential Arizona sod varieties to help you choose which sod is best for your lawn. Keep in mind all of these are great choices for the Arizona climate, which one is best for your lifestyle.

TifGrand is the newest Arizona sod variety to hit the market and is an excellent choice for those Arizona grassy lawns that have a lot of shade coverage. TifGrand is specifically designed to grow in shaded areas (4+ hours of sun).

Midiron is the best grass for Arizona lawns when it comes to transitioning in the winter. It is known to recover quickly from over-seeding which is great if you love having a lush lawn in the winter. If you enjoy entertaining outside during Arizona’s mild winter or refreshing spring than Midiron just might be the Arizona sod variety for you. It handles high traffic areas well, is easy to maintain and is both heat and drought tolerant.

Palmetto St. Augustine is the second best shade tolerant grass for Arizona lawns. This Arizona sod variety is one of our top choices for lawns with shade coverage. People are attracted to this variety not only for it’s shade tolerance, but also for it’s unique texture. The Palmetto St. Augustine is a lighter colored Arizona sod variety with a wider blade. This is a great choice of sod for your Phoenix area residence if you have shade coverage on your lawn, and kids that like to play in the grass.

Any of these are great grasses for Arizona lawns. When selecting your sod variety, consider your lawn surroundings, your lifestyle (kids or pets) and how often you want to mow it and how many hours you want to spend maintaining it. Remember that these are just a few of the Arizona sod varieties that Evergreen Turf offers, if you need help selecting a sod variety for your life and home use our easy “Lawn Selector Tool.”

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