We’re quickly turning the corner on summer and before you know it players in pads and cleats will be taking the field.

With fall sports about to kick-off, we know grounds crews are on their toes ready for whatever challenges the season may bring.

If you have a natural turf field, here are some common challenges to look out for and the tips you can apply during the commotion of the fall season.

There are areas on your turf that will suffer because they will see the most action from your players. The center of the field where football teams will face off and where soccer players will race over several times a game will experience the most wear. The goal mouths and goal boxes of your lacrosse or soccer field may also require some extra attention. Lastly, the sides of your field, where players will enter and exit, where refs will run up and down and where coaches will throw their headsets, may be looking pretty unhealthy a couple games into the season. If your field could use a little TLC throughout the busy season, bring it back to life with these common cures.

  • Grow covers promote growth on your field by generating heat which will help new seed germinate as well as nurture existing grass to aid in field recovery. Have custom covers made to save resources and only install in the areas that are experiencing the most wear.
  • Apply seed before game time. Not only will over seeding promote new growth, your players will act as aerators saving you time when there’s little break time between games. Players cleats will poke small holes in the field during game play and the seed you applied before kickoff will have the chance to work its way down into the soil.
  • Aerification is one of the best ways to cure your field from the compaction it experiences during the season. In high concentration areas of your field you’ll want to aerate using solid tines. (Solid tines will cause the least amount of surface destruction.) Aeration will allow new seed to grow and will soften the field for player safety. *Be sure your field has at least a couple days to recover after you aerate. We suggest aerating during an off week. For more on aerification, click here!
  • Topdress common wear areas or areas that are collecting water. Topdressing will level parts of your field that have been worn enough to create a dip and will create more traction for players where the field’s surface may be slick due to wet weather conditions. There are several different topdressing options such as sand, soil, conditioners, etc.
  • Fertilize in between your regular fertilizer applications. One way to combat the challenge of lack luster greens, is to purchase a few extra bags of fertilizer and just focus on the common wear areas that really need it, no need to redo the whole field several times a season if your budget or staffing needs don’t allow.
  • Fill Divots to keep your field leveled and keep players safe.

In order to ensure player safety and field health be sure to stay on top of your common wear areas during the busy fall sports season. Discover more tricks of the trade by following along with our Turf Tips blog series!