View Full Version : Football Field aeration/Decompaction...

04-26-2006, 02:13 PM
:confused: How much is a good going rate for the decompaction/core aerating of a football field?? An area high school has asked us if we can do it for them. I'm considering buying a dedicated 3 pt. aerater for such jobs, but I was curious what others are charging for this kind of service. ANY opinions are greatly appreciated.

05-16-2006, 10:34 AM
Sounds expensive! What would the square footage be of a football field??

05-16-2006, 10:37 AM
On average 3x the mowing rate...

Field General
05-16-2006, 02:55 PM
I know guys that charge as much as $5 per 1000sq.ft. for the service.Overseeding is extra.

06-04-2006, 09:45 PM
I believe the measurements are 360x160 for a football field. So @ $5/k it comes to roughly $288.00. I don't think that's enough or hauling a tractor to the field , loading, unloading , doing the work etc. I'd need a few more fields to make it worth my time.

Drew Gemma
06-04-2006, 11:14 PM
$14 per k seed is 2.00 per pound

Field General
06-19-2006, 10:52 AM
Should have mentioned that there are two fields at the location. One is much larger than the other. Going rate to over-seed is $2.00 per pound here also. After over-seeding and aeration of both fields it ends up being a $500 to $700 day.

06-19-2006, 11:42 PM
If it is a public school do it cheaper than if it is a private school. Public schools usually tend to be on a tighter budget.

06-20-2006, 12:05 AM
What is your square footage on these fields?

Field General
06-20-2006, 09:22 AM
I do not know the exact square footage. I know if I could make $500 to $700 in a day I could live with that. I also keep in mind everyones budget constraints will effect the bid process, both contractor and customer.

06-20-2006, 09:37 AM
I understand what you are saying about what you are willing to make and related concerns. I also try to look at the market value of a service. I don't like to leave any money on the table.

Each area is different. It's the age old question. "What's it worth?

Field General
06-22-2006, 11:51 AM
I found out some info on the aeration. The man I know gets $900 for aeration of two fields at the same location combined square footage is about 150,000 sq.ft. He said it takes about 5-6hrs including travel time.Over-seeding is extra. and the pricing fluctuates due to seed cost and the amount needed each year for repairs. Hope this helps.

06-22-2006, 12:53 PM

I have a ryan tow behind 96" aerator. that I alooking to get rid of....All of my areas have gotten smaller and the field has become artificial so I don't need the big tow behind aerator. I need to buy a 3pt mount areator. But if you are looking let me know. I could let this go on the cheap..

06-22-2006, 11:27 PM
We just finished a similar project last week. Aeration and overseeding of a football field. Total area on this field was 55,000 sq. ft. We donated all time and materials but total cost would have been about $3500.00. Hope this helps.

Field General
06-23-2006, 09:17 AM
markam....WOW thats some serious change. I don't think that price would work in my area. Thats about $60 per 1000sq.ft. if my math is correct. That was for over-seeding and aeration only. Was it a normal aerator or a mechanized unit the kind that is used for deeper penetration? Anyway, good job on the donation, I hope the athletes enjoy and appreciate your work.

Marcsmith....Do you think that unit could be pulled with a four wheeler? Does it pull nice cores? Let me know i might be interested.

06-23-2006, 11:31 AM
It pulls nice cores 3" but the spoons are getting near repalcement time. I can move it around with a golf cart, but I can't pull any cores with a golf cart...

I guess it woudl depent on your ATV and how much sack it has....

Field General
06-23-2006, 06:23 PM
marc...I sent you a PM

06-24-2006, 08:39 AM
Actually, over the course of the past twenty years or so, the chalk used to line the field had built up to as much as 4 inches in some places. In addition to the areation and overseeding, we also cut out the raised chalk lines with the skid steer first. These areas were seeded with a drop spreader, then strawed and tacked with a hydroseeder.

06-24-2006, 09:23 AM
About the Ryan Towbehind - I purchased a used one this spring. It is an excellent piece of equipment. Weight is about 1500#'s and each tray can take another 100#. It's easy to manuever , does not tear up the turf when you turn and I've been able to back it up in areas that are not accessible otherwise. Very productive.

06-28-2006, 11:44 AM
doubtful that an ATV would pull that weight with the tines engaged without smoking the transmission after 20 mins, IF it could even move it at all(with the tines engaging) Rent a tractor for the day(s) that you intend to pull it. it will be cheaper in the long run.

06-28-2006, 01:56 PM
good point GU..........

Field General
07-05-2006, 09:44 AM
GU.... you are correct. I didn't know how heavy the unit was. I have never seen one quite that wide.