5 Important Rules for Maintaining a Football Field

Juliet D'cruz

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Autumn is in full swing, the leaves on the trees are falling, and players are gearing up for another football season. 

Whether you are in charge of a high school, college, or professional team’s football field, maintaining and having the best field possible is key to the team having a successful season. 

The 5 important rules below will ensure that the mammoth task of looking after the field is taken care of with as little effort as possible.

1. Test The Field

For anything to grow, a solid soil base is required, have the soil regularly tested to ensure there is a correct PH level for the grass you want to grow.

Having the correct grass for your region and PH level is the first one in our list of maintenance tips, making it easier in the long run, and will ensure you aren’t fighting against the elements.

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2. Fertilize The Football Field

Once the soil PH has been taken care of, and you know what grass will work the best, it’s time to fertilize the soil. 

Fertilizing the soil will help the grass grow green and lush and withstand the elements better than thinner grass would.

Grass loves a mixture of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. Talk to local fertilizer suppliers and see what will work best for your type of grass and help with your field upkeep. 

3. Maintain a Watering Schedule

Now that you are happy with the soil, it’s time to consider a watering schedule as much as anything grass requires the correct amount of water. Check the needs of your typical grass beforehand and set your sprinklers up accordingly.

Remember, overwatering is just as much a killer of grass as underwatering. In winter, the amount of watering required will subside, meaning field maintenance might seem a little easier. 

4. Football Floodlights

Did you know the incorrect stadium lights can damage your sports field?

If your lights are too bright or concentrated on one particular spot, it could disrupt your plant’s rhythm, and it wouldn’t be able to determine the seasons correctly and be ill-prepared for when winter settles in.

Get a specialist to install new lights or check yours are correctly situated.

5. Airing The Field

Football players are known to be heavy-footed and will often tear the field up during a game and compact the soil.

As winter sets in, it will become increasingly difficult to maintain and grow any teared-up grass and prevent brown patches from forming.

Aerating the grass will create holes in the soil, down to the roots, and alleviate compaction so air, water, and nutrients can get down to the roots.

Buy a mechanical aerator, so the job is done easily, with minimal effort.

Going Green With Your Football Grass

Do you now feel comfortable that you have what it takes to run a successful football field?

Maintaining and caring for your surface need not be too strenuous. With these tips, the process should be effortless and enjoyable at the same time. In the end, it’s the players who will be thanking you for it.

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