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Field Schedules

Fall Sports Only - High Resource Management

Resource management levels: High | Medium | Minimal

Management schedules are approximate “ideal” timing for specific practices. These timings will be adjusted based on weather conditions, soil type, and field use.

Spring Summer Fall
Recovery and rest Use
03-March 04-April 05-May 06-June 07-July 08-Aug 09-Sept 10-Oct 11-Nov
0MOWING

Keep mower blades sharp to reduce turf injury and fuel usage.

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Mow at the highest recommended cutting height for the grass species growing that minimizes mowing.

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Mow at the highest recommended cutting height for the grass species growing that minimizes mowing.

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Mow at the highest recommended cutting height for the grass species growing that minimizes mowing.

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Mow at the highest recommended cutting height for the grass species growing that minimizes mowing.

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Mow at the highest recommended cutting height for the grass species growing that minimizes mowing.

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Reduce mowing height gradually at no more than ½” per week until the desired height for the particular sport is attained. Mowing frequency can be increased to increase turf density.

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Reduce mowing height gradually at no more than ½” per week until the desired height for the particular sport is attained. Mowing frequency can be increased to increase turf density.

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Reduce mowing height gradually at no more than ½” per week until the desired height for the particular sport is attained. Mowing frequency can be increased to increase turf density.

1WATERING

Base irrigation on ET, soil moisture, overseeding and field use.

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Monitor rooting depth and moisture level in the root zone. Allow some moisture stress to encourage deep rooting.

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Monitor rooting depth and moisture level in the root zone. Allow some moisture stress to encourage deep rooting.

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Monitor rooting depth and moisture level in the root zone. Allow some moisture stress to encourage deep rooting.

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Apply at least ¼” to ½” every 4 weeks to avoid dormancy. Limit traffic.

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Apply at least ¼” to ½” every 4 weeks to avoid dormancy. Limit traffic.

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Maintain adequate soil moisture but keep surface dry to maximize traffic tolerance.

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Maintain adequate soil moisture but keep surface dry to maximize traffic tolerance.

2FERTILIZING

Amount of Nitrogen per 1,000 sq.ft. Use soil test results for P and K recommendations.

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Follow NYS law and do not apply fertilizer before April 1. Check for more stringent regulations in your area.

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Apply 1# of a 50% water soluble nitrogen source in mid-late May.

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Apply 1# of a 50% water soluble nitrogen source in mid-August.

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Apply 1# of a 50% water soluble nitrogen source in mid-September.

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Apply ½# of a 100% water soluble nitrogen source in mid-October.

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Fertilizer applications may be restricted, check local fertilizer laws.

3CULTIVATING

Avoid aerifying when turf is under stress or soil is too dry or too wet.

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Solid tine cultivate in multiple directions when fields are in use to maintain infilitration of air and water. Focus on high use areas.

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Solid tine cultivate in multiple directions when fields are in use to maintain infilitration of air and water. Focus on high use areas.

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Solid tine cultivate in multiple directions when fields are in use to maintain infilitration of air and water. Focus on high use areas.

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Hollow tine cultivate, break up cores and overseed.

4OVERSEEDING

Focus on high traffic areas.

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Seed perennial rye at 2#/1,000 sq. ft. weekly in high-use areas.

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Seed perennial rye at 2#/1,000 sq. ft. weekly in high-use areas.

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Seed perennial rye at 2#/1,000 sq. ft. weekly in high-use areas.

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Seed perennial rye at 2#/1,000 sq. ft. weekly in high-use areas.

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Can dormant seed when soil temp at 1” is lower than 45F

5TOPDRESSING

For leveling low spots, reducing thatch, improving seedbed.

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Lightly roll high spots to level surface, improve footing and prevent mower scalping. Check field for low spots and fill in.

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Hollow tine cultivate, break up cores to use as topdressing.