athletic fields

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dbroome, Nov 29, 2000.

  1. dbroome

    dbroome LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    i am about to bid athletic fields which consists of 850,000
    sq ft of turf. the bid will be aeration 2x per year, fert. 2x per year, spray twice/year and overseed in fall w/ rye. (not bidding the cutting) anyone have any pricing guidelines on an account this large?
  2. Fertilize athletic fields two times a year?
    You have got to be kidding.
    Who wrote those specs?
  3. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    Athetic fields need to be grown a lot to compensate for high wear,2X wont cut it.If you do it this way,the field will deteriorate unless play is kept to a bare minimum.
  4. bdemir

    bdemir LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 610

    Not all athletic fields are high traffic and not all of them are well maintained. When i was a youngan and played soccer i remembered many muddy spots and ruts and bare spots all over the fields that i have played on. They just dont seem to take care of some of them like they do others. Just my observation.
  5. turfman99

    turfman99 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 212

    I got to agree with stone on this one. That's not athletic field care. Are they gonna play soccer on them?? You'll be a goat if those are sccoer or football fields.

    We take care of a comparable amount of fields.

    We reel cut two times per week.
    We aerate at least 6 times per year.
    We top dress one to two times per year.
    We fertilize every six weeks, 9 months out of the year.

    And these fields still get the hell beat out of them.

    Takes me 1.5 hours to aerate a football field with a 48 inch aerator. Takes me about 2 hours total to fertilize with my Sand Pro and # 100 spreader, including loading fert and equipment at shop.

    Reconsider the specs, if they are holding you out with unrealstic expectations.
  6. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    Turfman,I maintain my fairways the same as most high traffic athletic fields.The only thing i do different than you is I do not aerate 6X,only 3 at most.My fairways arent the best,but they arent the worst either.
  7. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    We cut three soccer fields, we don't do the fertilize but it is only done twice per year. They are only used a few times per week but get in tuff enough shape. I am putting in a price to fertilize them myself next year but I am pretty sure they won't go for it. This was our first year cutting and you can already see the difference from last year. I am making enough on the job that I might do one of the three fields just to show them what they could look like.
    Not everyone pays for perfect fields, this is typical of smaller towns here.
  8. turfman wrote:

    >Takes me about 2 hours total to fertilize with my Sand Pro and # 100 spreader, including loading fert and equipment at shop.

    That's poor production. I pushed a lesco spreader and put 4 bags (32-5-7 75% urea)down in 75 min. on a baseball field (330 x330=109k)today. It was easier to grab the push spreader to go and drop the deck and mount a jrco spreader to a walkbehind for I only did one baseball and oen softball field.
  9. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 922

    For you guys that care for soccer fields and other ball fields. I am going to bid some this winter. Can you give some pointers? How best to present? I plan on offering full service.
  10. turfman99

    turfman99 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 212

    I should clarify myself, I also did an adjacent basball field and about 10,000 sf of lawn at the school also. Includes 10 mile round trip to the site.

    Takes me about 30 seconds to mount the spreader on my Sand Pro. Never walk when you can ride. 60 seconds if I have to remove the 25 gallon spray tank and boom.

    We go out and do a lot of sites at one time with this process. I could use the three point for the tractor, but find it takes more time to fill the damn thing than it does to fertilize , and load and unload the larger unit versus the Sand Pro.

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