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TigerTurf New Zealand Advise On The Importance Of Maintenance Of Synthetic Turf



With more and more sports grounds, schools and clubs appreciating the convenience and practicality of synthetic turf, they also need to recognise the importance of the maintenance of synthetic turf.  As TigerTurf, New Zealand’s premier supplier of this product advise, it is very important that the correct maintenance procedures are followed to ensure the performance and longevity of the surface.

Different kinds of products i.e. products for Bowling Greens, Football Fields, Multi-Sport court, have different maintenance methods because the fabrics or yarns, infills and usage etc. are different.  So it is important that the club or school follows the specific maintenance programme for the surface they have installed.

The following are some of TigerTurf’s top tips for long pile 3G pitches, starting with brushing. Grooming of a synthetic surface should always be the primary maintenance operation that needs to take place. During active play, the infill can become dispersed from the high wear areas, and can also cause the fibre of the surface to lie flat. Regular grooming in different directions will help ensure that the fibres are pulled upright and infill material is redistributed evenly across the surface.

Next up are infill areas.  Although grooming will help to redistribute the surface infill, there will be an amount of infill material that will migrate from the surface over time. It is extremely important that infill levels are regularly monitored to ensure that the surface performs in the matter it is designed to. Whilst a sand infill will keep the fibres cool and hold the surface down in place, a rubber infill will determine the surface’s playing performance characteristics such as  ball roll, ball bounce, and true player surface interaction etc. Infill top-ups may be required at certain stages of a surface’s life, and can be carried out by our recommended service providers.

The most obvious requirement is cleaning up after players and spectators. Litter left behind can cause injury to players using the surface, and if not picked up promptly and left on the surface, can penetrate the pile. Ensure that there are an appropriate number of litter bins close enough to the pitch itself for the disposal of litter, and that unnecessary use of the surface is kept to a minimum.

Finally, regarding de-compaction, it is important to check for compaction in high-usage areas, like the penalty box and centre circle. Specialist de-compaction and general maintenance equipment will be required on an ongoing basis to make sure that the playing and draining characteristics of the surface are maintained.

For more information on this subject and on TigerTurf New Zealand, please go to http://tigerturf.com/nz/ .