new grass field hockey facility

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by luvhcky, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. luvhcky

    luvhcky LawnSite Member
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    Our high school is constructing a new grass practice field for the field hockey team. We are in Michigan and the turf will need to be kept closely cut. Any suggestions on a type of grass that will hold up well in this climate and under daily use from August through November?
     
  2. Athletic field

    Athletic field LawnSite Member
    Posts: 152

    K.Blue and P.Rye. Call your local extention, and look on ntep for varities that would work in your aera.

    Look to sod with K.Blue if budget permits.
     
  3. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Lesco and some other suppliers have an athletic field mix. You can start with that and substitute as needed for your specific conditions.
     
  4. golfguy

    golfguy LawnSite Member
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    1. If building from scratch insist on subsurface drainage. It will pay for itself later.

    2. Dwarf Blue is your best bet in sod if possible if you want to lower then 1" cut. Get an aerator on it as soon as it is rooted in well enough to hold it. Repeat this frequently through the first 3 years of install. The more you can do it the better that field will be. Failure to do so will likely result in severely thinning turf about 2 years after the sod is laid.

    The bluegrass will handle the wear better then anything else out there.
     
  5. maintenanceguy

    maintenanceguy LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 156

    Field Hockey rules state that grass must be maintained to a cutting height of 1-1/4". The coaches will want it cut lower for a faster game. Resist. At such a low cutting height and the heavy, heavy pounding a field hockey field gets, 1/4" can be the difference between green ground and bare ground.
     

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