Slippery Rye Overseeding Soccer Field

Discussion in 'Sports Field Maintenance' started by gymfreak26, Sep 30, 2017.

  1. gymfreak26

    gymfreak26 LawnSite Member
    from N. AL
    Messages: 34

    I take care of the local lil league park & HS soccer field where my kids play to help them out. We have used Barenburg SOS 220 the last few years to overseed our Bermuda with in the fall. The high school just advised they did not like the grass because it seemed too slippery. I use this turf type annual rye because they did not want to spend the money to spray out perennial. Now they are looking for alternatives. What turf type perennial ryes have you guys had luck with? I'm in N. Alabama.
  2. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Silver Member
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  3. OP

    gymfreak26 LawnSite Member
    from N. AL
    Messages: 34

    Wish I could tell you more. I was puzzled as well.
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  4. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Gold Member
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  5. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,718

    Any grass is "slippery" if it's wet. I find new grass to be slick, is it recently seeded?

    I've also found that people will complain about anything and everything. Find out who lodged the complaint, and ask them what they recommend. Odds are they or someone they know is miffed you don;t buy your seed from them.
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  6. Dandan111

    Dandan111 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    Don't they wear cleats? Sounds like your doing good. They want a better
    grass tell them to pay more for seed. Annual isn't a permanent fix.
  7. CorgiTurf

    CorgiTurf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Yes, rye grass, perennial or annual seems to be more slippery when wet than bermuda. I have slipped on it when it has dew on it or it is wet. Cleats help, this was with regular shoes.
    I have heard this complaint from football coaches as well.

    Probably more so at Higher mowing heights.
  8. rsp1961

    rsp1961 LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Messages: 211

    Annual rye is a more slippery grass than perrenial rye. I use perrenial for this very reason, however if cost is the problem, then there is no solution.

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