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Anyone with experience in maintaining a youth football field?

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by Pflat1, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. Pflat1

    Pflat1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    Does anyone have any experience in maintaining a youth football field? Its a youth league ages 6-12 in the Pittsburgh ,Pa area. The grass in the middle of the field is almost bare from all the action and the rest of the grass is thin. Want to make the grass thicker everywhere (more growth) and to grow and maintain through out the year. I have 2 kids in the league and they asked if I would want to take care of it. Yes they are paying me.

    Yes I did a search :)

    Was thinking :

    Gonna post a cpl pics of it in a few days

    Any help or ideas would be gr8t
  2. RD 12

    RD 12 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 85

    Is it used during the summer? If you have some down time I would go with a good aeration, then top dressing, over seeding and a good fertilizing program. It kind of depends on your budget. I took over a program that sounds a lot like yours a few years ago, and the budget will probably be your main problem.
  3. Pflat1

    Pflat1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    No , not used during the summer . A football camp in June ,then Aug 5 is the first wk of practice.

    Gonna give them an idea of a price for all of that and go from there.

  4. Pflat1

    Pflat1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    some pics of the middle and sides of the playing field

    Lng shot middle2.jpg


    Playing field side.jpg

    Playing field side 2.jpg

  5. RD 12

    RD 12 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 85

    Wow. got alot of work to do.
  6. Field General

    Field General LawnSite Member
    Posts: 133

    Pfalt1...I would be glad to help you if I can.It really does not look that bad. I have seen much worse.
    Do you have the ability to water?
    Where exactly is the field located? I do not live too far from your area...I would not be totally opposed to stop by for a look. PM me if you think I can help.
  7. SoloSulkySurfer

    SoloSulkySurfer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 224

    I would start by shooting the deer that are feeding in your field (track on the close-up pic).:laugh:
  8. Athletic field

    Athletic field LawnSite Member
    Posts: 152

    aerate and then aerate the field. over seed heavy 5 to 6lbs./1000 with kentucky blue/ Perennial ryegrass mix. They both have good wear tolerance. Tall fescue is wear tolerate, but not until after a year. Plus Tall fescue may make bigger "clumps" when worn and create ankle twisters. (got that info off of Penn State) Try to slit seed if you can. Don't waste your time with siduron for preemergent. Use acclaim or get a licensed person to use acclaim when you can see the crab in the middle of the field about 40 to 50 yards away. Sounds funny, but I got this off of Dr. McNitt from Penn State as well.
    Try to use a starter fertilizer, hope for rain, and good luck.
  9. Pflat1

    Pflat1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    Yeah the field is near farm country , I thought that was a deer track hahaha
  10. Pflat1

    Pflat1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    Sounds good

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