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Football fields are subject to stresses of wear activities with
the most wear near the crown areas of field. Sodding is
best method of establishment as sodded fields can be played in
about 6-8 weeks. Only drawback is that sod is expensive.
Seeded Fields need to have time to establish with 2 months
to 12 months required depending on species. Time must be
allowed for fields to mature and establish when seeding cool
season grasses for football use. Aggressive fertilization
programs coupled with correct irrigation are essential to
maintaining a field. Practice fields for rotational purposes are
an important part of the maintenance program for football fields.
Overseeding of Perennial Ryegrass can help with wear, but there is
not substitute for the ability to lay a field out-of-play while it
repairs. It also needs to be done while the field is out of play
for good establishment to occur.
Bermudagrass is the DOMINATE choice for Football due to Bermuda's
excellent turf quality and the ability to be mowed low for faster
Athletic usage speeds. Overseeding with Perennial Ryegrass in the
fall is usually done to help keep wear minimal and provide for a
green field color. Perennial Ryegrass should be used because
it does NOT stain clothing as bad as Annual ryegrass.
In the transitional zone Tall Fescues and Bermudas are both used.
There really is NOT a perfect choice for this area. Tall
Fescue requires a 2" height for adequate maintenance and also is a
bunch type requiring high rates of re-seeding to avoid and repair
any damaged areas.
Bermudagrasses are impacted by their off color during winter
dormancy and the higher risk of plant loss due to winter kill from
low temperatures. Bermudagrass fields must also be overseeded
each fall with Ryegrasses (during a break in schedule) to avoid
playing on dormant / brown fields in the fall. Additional
re-seeding of ryegrass as the season progresses is usually required.
Kentucky Bluegrass is also used in the more NORTHERN parts of the
transitional zone. Maintenance is usually around 1-2 inches
with 2 inches preferable. It does have one big benefit and
that is that the rhizomes repair damaged turf over time without
Here in this area Kentucky Bluegrass is the DOMINATE choice.
Its aggressive growth and recuperative abilities (rhizomes) make it
the # 1 choice. It is also considered a safer playing surface
because of the cushioning effects of its thatch layer.
Bluegrass is though slow to fully establish, taking generally
1 year to mature. You can generally seed in spring with use
beginning in the fall. Perennial Ryegrass is often added
to mixtures of Bluegrass for field use, especially for fast repair
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