When seeding a soccer field, you have to take wear and tear into account; you need a field that will stand up to the elements, including frequent play and practice. If you buy seed that won’t last, you’ll find yourself wasting hundreds of dollars on fresh seed every few months, just to make sure your soccer field doesn’t go bare.
There are different ways to seed recreational fields in different climates; since we serve South Carolina primarily, we felt that it would helpful if we discussed both.
Kentucky Bluegrass v Bermuda grass
In the northern U.S., it’s common practice to seed with Kentucky bluegrass; it’s durable, but mainly thrives in climates that don’t get too hot for too long.
In the south, the seed of choice for fields is Bermuda grass, which can stand up to extensive hot seasons.
Overseed/Mix With Ryegrass
In both regions, groundskeepers supplement their seed choices with perennial ryegrass, a robust and durable grass that grows quickly to fill in bald patches.
In the north, where fields are basically unplayable in the winter, they opt for mixing the seeds; the optimal range of ryegrass in the mix is about 10-20% of the mix.
In the south, the Bermuda grass simply goes dormant during the winter, but often fields are still playable. When dormant, Bermuda grass can be overseeded with ryegrass to make sure the turf stands up to continued use, and doesn’t wilt due to wear and tear.
For more turf advice and information on how to take care of your lawn all year round, contact the turf experts at Modern Turf!