Editor’s Note: The following information was originally published in the February, 2008 issue of SportsField Management and is courtesy of Steve LeGros, sports field consultant, of Le Grows, Inc.

Tip 1. Day of the Event

  • Schedule a full grounds staff to arrive on-site one hour prior to the end of the event.
  • Work closely with production on the timelines of the teardown. You can’t get ahead of them in the removal. The grounds staff can remove some flooring along the edges and in some sections of the field, but the production teardown team has to get all of the event materials off the field before most of the flooring is removed.
  • The grass that has been beneath the floor covering for three or four days will be a bit chlorotic and matted down. Resist the urge to brush it immediately. The leaf tissue at the sheath will be very loose. If you just brush your hand over it, you will see the leaf tissue slide out of the sheath.

Tip 2. One Day After

  • Within the first 24 hours following the removal of the flooring, if the surface of the field is quite compacted, use solid spikes or an AerWay-type aerator to go over the field at a depth of approximately 0.25 inches to relieve surface tension. Apply liquid or granular gypsum to help flush the salts through the soil profile and help build up the cell walls to assist the plant in standing up on its own. Put down more seed.
  • Start the irrigation process and let the field rest for the remainder of the day. A lot of fluids will have been consumed on the field, and some may have spilled on the flooring and seeped below it. Set up the irrigation system to water every couple of hours throughout the day.

Tip 3. Two Days After

  • Run a sweeper lightly over the field to pick up any remaining trash. Have the crew walk the entire field, working shoulderto- shoulder and moving back and forth across the surface, to remove any additional trash.
  • Raise the mower height of cut 0.25 inches above the height of the last mowing before the field was covered. Put down more seed, and apply fungicide at the preventive halfrate to attack any disease organisms.

Tip 4. Three Days After

  • Run a verticutter over the field to pull out any tissue that has died and sweep it up.
  • Put down an organic fertilizer. The fungicides applied prior to covering the field tend to kill out any microbes and other beneficial organisms in the soil, so the organic fertilizer will stimulate that and get the soil chemistry working again.
  • Raise the mower height of cut by 0.125 inches every couple of days until the preferred turf height is reached.

Tip 5. Five to Ten Days After

  • Apply another growth regulator, if season-long use of a growth regulator is part of the maintenance program.
  • Hold a post-event review session to note what worked well and what might need adjusting for another similar event — and don’t forget to thank the grounds staff for all their extra effort.