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Low maintenance, not no maintenance: the dos and don’ts of looking after your artificial grass pitch

By admin on October 18, 2016

Although the upkeep of artificial grass pitches is without doubt easier than their natural grass counterparts, the idea that 3G is ‘maintenance-free’ is one that could lead to long-term issues if it is to be believed. We’ve put together our top dos and don’ts that will keep your pitch looking and playing at its best season after season.

 

DO keep the surface free of sticks, leaves and other rubbish that might have been left by pitch users. As well as looking untidy, debris can cause slips and injuries to players, and could eventually penetrate the pile. We recommend using a plastic fan rake to clear the surface, as sharp metal tines may damage the turf.

 

DON’T worry about weeds. Since artificial grass should be installed with a geotextile underlay, weeds should not be a concern. However, it may reassure you to know that in the unlikely event that weeds do penetrate the surface, a mild weed killer can be used without any risk of damage to the appearance or structure of the turf.

 

DO brush your turf regularly. The fibres in artificial grass can be pushed flat during active play, so regular grooming in different directions will help to pull yarns upright and keep the pitch playing as it should. This should be done weekly using a compact tractor with a triangle drag brush.

 

DON’T leave infill levels to go unmonitored. There will be a certain amount of infill material that will migrate from your pitch over time, so it is extremely important to keep an eye on infill levels when brushing your pitch. Top-ups of rubber infill may occasionally be required throughout a pitch’s lifecycle, and these can be carried out by our recommended service providers.

 

DO check for flattened yarns in high-usage areas (such as the penalty box and centre circle). It’s also important that on fields marked for cross-play, all pitches are used evenly, as the one closest to facility entrances is often used more frequently than the others – leading to inconsistent wear across the full-size pitch. To combat these issues, specialist de-compaction and general maintenance equipment may be required on an ongoing basis to make sure that the playing and draining characteristics of the surface are maintained.

 

DON’T underestimate the importance of choosing the right turf from the very start. Once a pitch has been installed, properties such as pile height, colour and texture cannot be altered. Consulting your manufacturer or contractor on the types of surface available, those best suited to your needs, and on the maintenance involved for each surface will help to limit the amount of upkeep.

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