STANDARD GUIDE FOR MAINTAINING THE FIELD LAWN
These days, due to concern of potential injuries with artificial tuft, grass field is more preferred, especially for sport or athletic fields. Maintaining a beautiful and healthy lawn for your field requires effort and regular care. Follow this standard guide to make sure that the field lawn is always in a good condition.
- Have the right equipment to get the job done
To take care of the lawn, the most important equipment to acquire is a lawn mower for mowing. Choose the best push lawn mower or a different type suitable for the usage purpose, area and type of grass in the field. In case of lawn stripping, as mentioned below, reel mowers equipped with rollers are required. For mowing and lawn stripping in the field, especially a large one like a baseball field, mowing equipment is more sophisticated, high-tech and costly than the one for household usage. Consider the mowing equipment your long-term investment and purchase a good quality one if your budget allows. In addition, it is always important to maintain mowing equipment well so that they work properly in the long run. Never forget to sharpen the mower blade because it affects whether we can make clean cuts or not.
- Mow properly
Mowing plays an important part in proper lawn care. It keeps the grass even, healthy and makes the overall lawn look neat and beautiful.
For a field lawn, the grass must be kept in a proper height, not too long or too short. Always remember the basic guideline: don’t cut more than 1/3 of the height of the leaf blade in at one mowing; otherwise it will affect the root growth and consequently the grass’s health state.
The appropriate cutting height depends on the type of grass in the field; therefore it is important to know the grass type and adjust the height according to the right ratio.
Mowing frequently is important to make sure that the lawn is always nice and healthy. Normally, it is best to mow once a week.
- Plan patterns on the field
Lawn stripping puts a nice finishing touch to the field. A striped lawn looks much more impressive and professional than a plain one.
More importantly, lawn stripping encourages healthy grass growth. If you mow in one direction too often, it affects the grass quality; plus there are ugly permanent tire marks on the field. These problems can be solved through changing the grass patterns.
From basic stripes to diamond and check board stripes or even much more complicated patterns, lawn stripping gives a field a dramatic make-over that is especially suitable for football or baseball field. Lawn stripping is often done prior to big events.
- Mulch clippings back into the lawn
This is a hidden trick not everyone knows. Don’t throw away the grass clippings after mowing for a number of reasons: they can prevent weeding and provide nutrient for the soil; therefore they help us save time and money. This should be done most of the time unless there are signs of diseases.
- Don’t over-fertilizing
Over-fertilizing does your lawn no good. In fact, it can even kill your lawn quickly. The salts and nitrogen in fertilizers build up in the soil and cause “fertilizer burn” – an effect in which grass turns yellow or brown. It is not totally impossible to recover your lawn, particularly in the case of yellow grass and quick intervention. Excessive amounts of fertilizers also cause toxic chemicals to build up in the soil cause damage to the soil by stripping its nutrients.
To avoid that mistake, make sure that you know the type of soil and grass in your field well and read the instruction for using fertilizers carefully to determine the adequate amounts needed.
For every 3-4 year, it is advisable to carry out a fertility check on your soil (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium levels)
- Aerate your field to avoid soil compaction
Soil compaction is the main cause behind football fields with low quality. The problem can be relived through aeration – a process of artificially supplying oxygen for the soil. This should be carried out at least 6 times per year when the field is not in use and the soil is moist (but not wet). The most suitable time for aeration is when active growing season of the grass
- Carry out proper irrigation
Providing water for your lawn is especially important in summer. But like the case with fertilizer, don’t over-water your lawn or many problems will arise. For example, the oil can get really soggy. It is crucial that you know how much water is needed and when is the best time to water your lawn. Normally, it is suggested that irrigation is done in the morning. Concerning the frequency for watering, it is not the same for all fields. New fields should be watered lightly and frequently but a mature football field requires deep and infrequent watering. One last note, you should avoid irrigation for your field if a sport event is taking place within the next 24 hours.
Taking proper care of the lawn in your house already requires lots of work. It takes much more effort for a field, especially the one where lots of sport and athletic events take place. The lawn must be healthy, neat but beautiful and sophisticated in appearance at the same time. Pay attention to our instructions, remember to maintain the field lawn regularly and you will do a fine job.