Unlevel Soccer Fields

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by ryangiggs, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. ryangiggs

    ryangiggs LawnSite Member
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    Hi all,

    My first time here, looking for some advice for leveling out bumpy soccer fields.

    We have 4 soccer fields that were made a couple of years ago in the typical cheapo way of just slapping some sod on a mostly clay pad. Sprinklers were then thrown in some time after that. The fields were already unlevel but it got even worse - one can easily identify the sprinkler lines simply by eying the raised ridges going all the way across the fields about every 20m or so. The fields are so unlevel that one cannot even run 20m w/o twisting an ankle. Drainage is decent considering the bumpiness, there are only a few spots on each field that really hold water. The best news is that at least they put some good hybrid bermuda sod.

    Talked to the city maintenance guy about it and he's saying it will take years of aerating and top dressing to level the fields out. Maybe I'm naive but is there not a quicker way? Could a field be reasonably leveled in say 3-5 months? (Apr/May-Aug/Sep)

    We are low budget but have machinery, topsoil/sand, and many many volunteers. Any advice?

    Thanks
     
  2. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
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    start over for immediate results or listen to your maintenance guy. Keep topdressing with good compost since it was placed on clay and overseeding.
     
  3. RD 12

    RD 12 LawnSite Member
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    I don't think there is a cheap quick fix.I would top dress heavy and water like crazy. Your maintenance guy is on the right track.
     
  4. ryangiggs

    ryangiggs LawnSite Member
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    Ok thanks, about how often should it be aerated and top dressed? The last time it was done was August...
     
  5. KGR landscapeing

    KGR landscapeing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    start now well as soon as the weather break if its like snowing or what not
     
  6. RD 12

    RD 12 LawnSite Member
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    How much time off can you give it. Aerating is always a good thing, once or twice a month is fine.
     
  7. ryangiggs

    ryangiggs LawnSite Member
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    3-5 months
     
  8. addictedtolandscaping

    addictedtolandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
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    OK on the wild side here, why not do a renovation. Activate the sprinklers, flag them. find the depth of the lines. Then take a Harley rake and cut the crowns off. Next bring in topsoil, grade with Harley to proper height, then seed or sod. You will have perfect fields with a slight pitch depending on how you set the Harley and in the same amount of time it would take to deal with the top dressing.

    I did one a few years ago like this, now the kids play on level fields and enjoy themselves.
     
  9. ryangiggs

    ryangiggs LawnSite Member
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    That might be a possibility... do you know about what it would cost to do one soccer field?
     
  10. addictedtolandscaping

    addictedtolandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
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    It would depend on the cost of the supplies in your area, the last one I did I believe I used about 80 cy topsoil for the final grade, I used all the existing material for the rough grade and establishing the levelness so to speak of the field. Then I spotted the topsoil, went over it with the Harley and hydro seeded it. Your situation is more complex than mine was with the sprinkler system, but essentially the same. Measure up your field, figure an average elevation change that will enable you to establish how much topsoil you will need and seed or sod, then get prices. Sounds like you and your organization can do the work, so it should be just the cost of materials. THe last one I did was around $2500 and that was with my labor, machine etc.
     

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