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TRACK / FIELD
Most track and field areas serve dual purposes as both a
sports play area (football / soccer) and track activities.
Thus the grasses selected are usually based on the field activity
and are generally compatiable with Track & Field.
Bermudagrass is the DOMINATE choice for Track & Field due to
Bermuda's excellent turf quality and the ability to be mowed low for
faster Athletic usage speeds.
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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