You need thick, healthy turf and an even surface for your athletes to play in the safest environment possible. A green and good-looking field would be nice, too, for the fans and team pride.
Safe play requires healthy grass growth, no broadleaf weeds to slip on, no grubs and no moles digging holes. But that may mean using fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. And those come with their own safety concerns.
How to avoid a fumble?
Field maintenance is complex. You need the best grass for your soil and climate. Many states and schools require an integrated pest management program. And you need to carefully plan use of your field.
With these areas of focus, you can take the offense in field maintenance, rather than trying to defend it after attack.