overseeding soccer field

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by Keegan, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 614

    I will working at a small private school that has 2 soccer fields. It does need overseeding. Should I use just a rye blend for the spring or rye and KBG mix?

  2. tcjim

    tcjim LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    Typically Spring seedings are tough. I usually recommend rye in the spring since it germinates in 7 days. Blue can take 30 days or more to germinate and has a tough time establishing in the spring. Tall fescue is another option but although it is fast to germinate it needs to establish for a year before it can withstand any amount of traffic. In my opinion rye is the only logical choice
  3. tcjim

    tcjim LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    There are a lot of people out there that will recommend Blue/Rye mixtures with upwards of 30% rye. I was told by a very well know agronomist that if you are going to use 30% rye you might as well use all rye since no other grass can compete with that amount of rye and you will end up with all rye anyway.
  4. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,753

    I agree, go with the 100% rye in the spring, We dormant seed with 100% blue in the fall. Wish I had the stones to start working in TTTF but I am afraid of ending up with a patchwork field and will stick with what the field was done in originally.
  5. Grassman08

    Grassman08 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    I would personally use the KgB.Get as much Blue as possible. I would also treat my seed with Tazo from Terra-Max. It is a bacteria that will help the plant convert unuseable N, to useable. Great product, give it a look. Why use all- rye, it usually does not take the traffic. You can get some in the mix, but think longer term.

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