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Soccer fields

Discussion in 'Sports Field Maintenance' started by SirFish, Mar 20, 2016.

  1. SirFish

    SirFish LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I have been hired to fertilize and control the weeds on a private schools soccer fields. There appears to be way to much pressure/activity on these fields. Sections are being wiped out even though core aeration is being done at least three times per year. I would appreciate any advice on what can be done to improve these fields. I was thinking that top dressing with sand after coring may reduce crown damage. Any ideas are greatly appreciated.
  2. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,070

    Somehow I stopped getting email when this forum has activity. It's a safe bet your field is getting way too much use, as you suggested. If they practice and play games on the same field it will always be a losing battle. Encourage them to keep up with the aeration, stop using crabgrass pre-emergents if you are using them, and overseed a couple times a year (fall and spring) right after aerating. Good luck.
  3. 1977212

    1977212 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    I assume it's all kbg/TTTF?

    You can do light Urea apps weekly .25lb-.5lbN per/k it will help the turf recover much quicker.

    You could also use a plugger for the bad areas and transfer grass outside the field lines into it. Look up a pro plugger tool.

    I would skip the core aeration if you can push a screwdriver into the soil easily.
  4. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,070

    I agree with you about plugging, 1977212, such as from an endzone. I usually assume people who have fields in poor condition are not willing or able to spend that much time on them. Same for your urea suggestion. May be great but man what a lot of time when a good slow release product can place the N there throughout a several week period. Re aeration, I was thinking about bare or badly worn areas, such as goal mouths and pounding the seed to it. It is difficult to offset overuse by any means though.
  5. 1977212

    1977212 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    I suggest the urea just because it's cheaper than coated. Goal mouths are just a poor quality area to keep, these could be plugged and I think a 50% coverage would be plenty. But you'd be surprised how much help the weekly urea apps do, it's really night and day.
  6. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,070

    I may try that out on a practice field. After mid-September I switch to ammonium sulfate here. Seems to perform better in cool temperatures. I like potassium nitrate (when I can get my hands on it) at 1#K/M followed a few days later by urea at 0.7#N/M to really grow things in. It's like Viagra for grass :)

    Are you spraying urea or light granular? Any problems with doing only part of a field as far as color goes or do you always do the full field?

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