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Soccer & Lacrosse Field Problems

Summary

Soccer and LaCrosse turf grass fields built on native soils can fail due to saturated soil conditions. Concentrated foot traffic especially in the goalie areas are prone to turf grass failure due to reduced soil cohesion and very low shear strength. Saturated soil conditions in the root-zone horizon (surface level to 4” deep) above 75% moisture level, and in some if not most cases 100% saturation levels are typical. As these seasons are played in spring and/or fall, soil conditions tend to be higher in moisture percentages as evapotranspiration is low due to time of year. Reliance on infiltration capacity becomes more important. The turf grass community in these conditions leads to localized wear patterns and death of the turf grass plant.


Problems

  • Localized wear patterns
  • Standing water
  • Saturated soil conditions
  • Low to no infiltration capacity
  • Loss of soil cohesion
  • Low shear strength
  • Unstable surface stability and playing conditions

Solutions

  • USGA Root-zone top dressing programs
  • Sub-surface drainage system
  • Root-zone sand cap system
  • Proper water management practices
  • Aeration programs

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