Autumn Care for Sports Fields
Thursday, October 15, 2015
There are plenty of reasons for keeping up with the maintenance of your facility’s turf and fields throughout the fall: high levels of use, preparation for periods of snow and ice, and anticipating use again in the spring.
Remove Fallen Leaves
Don’t let leaf litter build up on turf or fields. A blanket of leaves will kill off grass prematurely and can become a hazard when moisture accumulates, creating a slick surface. Use rakes and leaf blowers regularly to collect debris and then follow up with mulching mowers or bagging mowers. If you use a mulch mower, you can use the mulch on garden beds and around the base of trees.
Fertilize and Reseed
Football and soccer fields especially will need extra attention in the fall. Some areas will be especially compact and others will be thinned from high use. Apply plenty of fertilizer (one pound per 1,000 square feet) and reseed before the first snowfall.
You know to fertilize and keep weeds at bay but do you remember to aerate the soil of your fields and lawns? Heavy equipment, constant foot traffic, and autumn rain compacts soil, making it more difficult for roots to stay healthy and spread. Depending on the size of the field or lawn, you’ll want to employ a spike or plug aerator. Pay special attention to football fields, as they will be one of the most compact areas of your facility.
These simple maintenance tasks will keep your grounds, fields, and lawns looking great throughout the fall and will make them ready for a healthy, beautiful spring.
We are proud of our continued contribution to school and recreation center communities across the Midwest. Give us a call if you would like to discuss any aspect of sports equipment installation or repair. Our knowledgeable team will answer any questions you have.
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