ball field grass

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by RPM1, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. RPM1

    RPM1 LawnSite Member
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    I own a lawncare company in mansfield ohio and have been approached by a couple of people that are installing ball fields if i would donate some time and product to help them out. they would like for me to supply the grass and fertlizer for the outfields there are to fields total. my question is where can i get the best deal on grass seed and what would be the best type to use? they were told by another compant in my area that there is a grass seed that would be growing in 5-7 days i usually would not be interested in doing something like this but the folks that are building these fields are doing it out of their own pockets to help keep the sport of softball going in the area the city has stopped spending the time and money to keep our other parks clean and kept up. any help would be greately appreciated thamk you.
     
  2. Midstate Lawncare

    Midstate Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Kentucky 31 tall fescue. Mow at 2 3/4 once or twice per week. You have to do little maintenance as in fertilizing, just know it is a medium green grass... not the deep green most people think when they think ball field. I had germination in my lawn at 4 days and an established lawn in 8 weeks. 6-24-24at planting and 13-13-13 at 4 weeks. Money!
     
  3. RPM1

    RPM1 LawnSite Member
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    how will that grass do as far as wear and tear
     

  4. some people don't like, done right it is like green blacktop.
     
  5. RPM1

    RPM1 LawnSite Member
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    where do you guys get your seed from i need enough seed to cover 13,000 square yards, and if i am going to supply this i would liketo find good deal on the seed and fertlizer. any ideas on getting it direct from the mfg. or some contacts for suppliers
     
  6. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
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    do you not have a wholesaler nearby? lesco? or otherwise? you may be able to find someone to reduce the cost even more if there is a non-profit organization behind this too.
     
  7. RPM1

    RPM1 LawnSite Member
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    i just put in a call to my c;osest lesco dealer 65 miles away and they are going to work me up a price. is there a fast and quick way to sprread this seed beside regular push spreaders??
     
  8. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
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    bigger PTO driven spreader? larger tow behind unit?

    IMO, If you're not properly equipped to handle this task, its going to become a chore instead.
     
  9. RPM1

    RPM1 LawnSite Member
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    i am sure this is going to be a chore and not a fun task .but these folks only have so much money i have 3 push spreaders and a bunch of free help ,i just dont want to see this project come to a screaching halt due to them running out of money, this area needs a place like this for ball players to go and enjoy themselves with their familys,all the other ball fields around are just run down junk. like i said earlier i have other projects to do but i will make some time to help out these folks ,who knows it may come back to me later
     
  10. check some farm co-op;s in your area for seed, tell them what your doing, might even get a break on price.
     

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