Construction & Maintenance of Synthetic Turfgrass
At this point, you may have figured out that the one similarity between natural turfgrass and synthetic is that they are green. Beyond this fact, they are quite different, and each is best utilized when a field is thoughtfully planned. If you are still not sure what type of turfgrass may fit your field, refer to our last blogs exploring the benefits of each type of turfgrass. However, if you are ready to take the next step into construction and field maintenance, you are in the right place.
If you are starting brand new, keep in mind the best sub-base for artificial grass is one that functions like soil. However, there are two main parts to an artificial sports field. First is the base, usually made up of stone and drain tiles. Depending on your location, your material and depth could vary.
Where there are harsh winters, at least 6-8 inches of the trench is needed to accommodate extreme weather that expands and contracts the drainage system. For synthetic turf systems, we even offer heating systems that are used to keep the field from freezing and acting as a snowmelt system. All these specifications make a project’s price range a bit unpredictable until you receive a consultation. At SCG Fields, we construct dynamic base systems and install synthetic turf from all manufacturers in the industry. As a result, we will be your trusted advisor to help you select a system that meets your expectations and needs.
The second process includes the infilled carpet. Infill normally refers to the products that are placed in between the blades or fibers of artificial turf, or the synthetic grass blades. It usually has fibers that are about two inches long and an infill material is brushed into the fibers, leaving about half an inch of exposed synthetic turf grass. Infill materials vary but usually consist of things like silica sand, and crumb rubber as well as many other alternative infills that provide other long-term benefits. The purpose of infill is to help the artificial turf grass blades to stand up or return to their intended upright position after they have been exposed to pressure. Infill also helps to shield the backing used on artificial turf from the damage that is caused by UV rays. For the synthetic turf to be laid down, construction takes place over several days. This is when a concrete border is built, and drainage is installed.
A properly maintained synthetic turf field can last upwards of 12 years. Specialized tools and knowledge are needed for turf maintenance. That is why it is best to invest in expert maintenance. Not only can managing a maintenance program be challenging, but it requires that you have the available time and professionally trained staff to keep your turf looking and performing at its best.A maintenance program consists of regular everyday routine maintenance, semi-annual and annual comprehensive maintenance. A maintenance person should walk the field daily and conduct more detailed inspections according to your field builder’s recommended schedule. To avoid permanent damage to your synthetic turf or safety hazards, check regularly for and address critical items. Along with conducting inspections and making minor repairs, routine maintenance also considers keeping the playing surface clean, maintaining infill levels, and grooming the surface. Regular brushing is an important function that must not be overlooked or neglected. Brushing helps to maintain uniform infill levels, keep the grass fibers upright, remove debris, and improve the field appearance.Over time, comprehensive maintenance should be expected. In these situations, you certainly want to consult your builder before moving forward because more than likely, you will need special equipment. It is important to prepare for special circumstances that might affect your synthetic turf. If you know your region is prone to certain circumstances you may need to complete specialty maintenance, as needed. Environmental changes such as heavy rain, snow, ice, lightning, and static electricity can all be combated with ongoing maintenance. Ensuring these events are taken care of in a timely matter promotes long-lasting artificial turf grass.A field owner needs to understand that certain activities, usage, and other circumstances may impact the field quality, wear and tear, appearance, warranty, and performance of a synthetic turf field. If any doubt exists, the field builder should be consulted. Whether you are looking for a pre-season kick start (30 or 60 days), semi-annual, or permanent maintenance program, let the experts at SCG deliver results that will make your organization proud.