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Soccer field repair

Discussion in 'Sports Field Maintenance' started by John Leber, May 24, 2019.

  1. John Leber

    John Leber LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I am the varsity coach at a local high school in St. Louis MISSOURI area. Our field is to the point of total neglect. Last year most of the field was covered in crabgrass with a few weeds and some fescue. This year the field is patchy but filled in with some weed growth. When we pass the ball it bounces and changes direction because of the uneven surface

    The school tells me they are going to Aireate and seed in July. Seems to me much more needs to be done. Shouldn’t we start with a level surface? These are the same people who have taken care of the field in previous years. Not much faith. Help! Coach
     
  2. Mac-s Lawn & Snow

    Mac-s Lawn & Snow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 291

    I'm not am expert here but from the way it sounds if they are going to aerate to level it, it will take years to see any results. Putting seed down in July will not have a chance unless you get a lot of rain or have irrigation.I think you might want to wait until the fall and topdress and seed it with some fescue developed for the sports turf industry. Is their any parent associations still in highschool sports? It sounds like you are going to need to raise money in order to get any thing done as well as need some labor to make things better. In the town where I'm from, the baseball little league spends the weekend before the season starts by raking the fields and getting things ready. Some pictures will help as well.
     
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    John Leber

    John Leber LawnSite Member
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    John Leber

    John Leber LawnSite Member
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    A few pictures of our field
     
  5. Mac-s Lawn & Snow

    Mac-s Lawn & Snow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 291

    Maybe you should be thinking about getting some body to spray it for crabgrass. You've got a good base of fescue to work with. You would want to be finding the window for spraying and find out how much time you should keep every one off it after spraying. Has it been aerated in the past?
     
  6. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,045

    School ball fields get so much abuse and hardly any maintenance. They want to seed in the middle of summer and be ready for play on Oct 1. In the OPs case on a sandy soiled, non-irrigated piece of junk. I wish i could help you but i can't.

    In the picture, i see another another field with what looks like dormant Bermuda, that's the way to go in Missouri. Bermuda grass is a top notch sports surface. But i'm sure it would cost a lot to get to that point. Good luck. AF48B670-72F5-4ED1-9C2A-06191A5C9161.jpeg
     
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  7. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    Consider yourself lucky to HAVE a field
     
  8. Dandan111

    Dandan111 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    Coaches always want the sky’s limit. Not saying you do but you may not be taken seriously. Field looks like it needs help. Aeration might loosen it up pretty good but the soil may not be in good shape. You need soil samples. Planting in July sounds like a bad plan.
     
  9. CorgiTurf

    CorgiTurf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 577

    Bermuda would be the way to go there. Overseed with rye in the fall.

    If there is some Bermuda there now, I can’t tell really, I would remove clumpy cool season grass and aerate/ top Dress/ fertilize heavily and put it on a watering schedule. Even if it means dragging hoses and sprinklers.

    It will have to be worked around your playing season. Work needs to be done for sure.
     
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  10. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,045

    If you just kept people off of that field for 8-12 months, drug some hoses and didn't skimp on the N you could have a decent patch of Bermuda. All the raw material is growing a few feet away.
     

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