town sports field fertilization

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ant, Jan 7, 2002.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,469

    i got a call today and was asked to bid
    against one of the big three.
    should i or should i stay away.
    i never did sports fields and i know my time
    frame for applications will run into games
    practics ect....
    for those of you who do sports fields what
    do you run into?
  2. SLSNursery

    SLSNursery LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    We have a lot of success working with the town on fertilizer programs for athletic fields. For the park department, there are usually scheduling issues, which just take communication between key personnel on both sides. For fields which are on school properties, Connecticut has notification (school board's responsibility) and IPM plan for schools (each school board is supposed to have an IPM plan in place).

    My brother has taken a liking to athletic field construction and renovation over the past couple of seasons. If your municipality has a good attitude towards quality, you will have an opportunity to shine.
  3. G.Williams

    G.Williams LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    Go ahead ant. We do chem apps for the local softball fields and maintained them for the season in which we held the Babe Ruth Softball World Series. Can be profitable as well as fulfilling.
  4. fivestarlawnken

    fivestarlawnken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    Being on college level of athletic field care,communication is going to be your KEY.You have to have a schedule of events,practices,games,fairs and anything that could pop up.If you are bidding on fert/chem make sure you read the fine print in contract.Make sure you have all the proper lic/insurance.For example you spread a fert. down and little johnny gets sick,mom questions city,city calls you..Be careful these days everyone will sue etc.I will say mowing,painting,fert, etc to athletic fields is enjoyable(espically when the teams really win):cool:

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