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field covers

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by brown2501, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. brown2501

    brown2501 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    Any info good or bad on field growth covers . Does any one use them ? Is it worth it?

    thanks
     
  2. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,743

    Not sure what you are looking for, but we use them and they do a tremendous job. Well worth it.

    We dormant seed early winter and cover them, the growth and establishment under the cover is significantly better than uncovered areas.

    Last spring, wish I had pics, but the covered areas were still noticeably greener and thicker all the way into May.
     
  3. tcjim

    tcjim LawnSite Member
    Posts: 77

    I have used turf blankets. You can gain about 2 weeks growing time in the spring. they raise temps about 10 degrees under the blankets. It is probably a good idea to apply a preventative snow mold application before installing the blanket if you put them on in the fall. It is probably still beneficial to install one now. I have a picture somewhere I will try to dig up
     
  4. tcjim

    tcjim LawnSite Member
    Posts: 77

    Here is a picture of turf response in the early spring

    Turf Blankets jpeg.jpg
     
  5. tcjim

    tcjim LawnSite Member
    Posts: 77

    Another thing you can do to wake up the turf in the spring is fertilize early with ammonium sulfate nitrogen at 1/2 to 3/4 lb. N per th. sq. ft.
     
  6. brown2501

    brown2501 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    Thank you for info it should help.
    We are in the middle of building a small soccer complex (3 fields ) to start . Was old corn fields we got from the town. We are all volunteers doing this with little knowledge. So with help from you guys to make it easier I hope.

    I am sure I will be asking more info in the future ?

    thanks
     
  7. tcjim

    tcjim LawnSite Member
    Posts: 77

    Volunteerism is a very frustrating endeavor. I am building a baseball infield along with grading and seeding 3 acres of multi purpose athletic turf area at a local church in what used to be a hay field. I approached laterally every green organization in New Jersey seeking help and or support and received "0" so, I am doing it all myself. My advice is "Don't expect anything and be happy with whatever comes your way. I really think that giving benefits the giver more than the receiver.
     

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