As Ohioans, our team here at The Motz Group is all too familiar with the rough winter the great Midwest has endured. Freezing cold temperatures, ice, snow, more snow, and a new term in our vocabulary, “polar vortex.” If you are a synthetic turf field owner you already know that conditions such as these certainly don’t make caring for your field easy. So, the question becomes, how do I address de-winterizing my field and begin preparing for the series of spring sports? Well, we have put together a list of the top 10 best ways to help “spring” your synthetic turf field into the next season:
1. Schedule a field assessment. Having a professional synthetic turf provider evaluate your field’s condition following the winter months will help to identify potential safety concerns and address any looming hazards.
2. Snow daze. With our recent weather conditions, effective snow removal is likely to be a frequent and daunting concern. To avoid surface damage, it is always best to consult a professional synthetic turf provider for detailed directions before proceeding.
3. Start brushing. As the season approaches, make sure you are brushing your field every 2 to 4 weeks and no less than once per month to keep pile yarns upright, reduce matting, and help keep infill uniform for play.
4. Check infill. Avoid premature fiber deterioration this spring season by checking high-use areas such as lacrosse creases, penalty kicks, goalmouths, and batter’s boxes.
5. Remove debris. Use a mechanical sweeper to remove litter that may have collected during the offseason or blown onto the field during windy winter days. For more stubborn metal fragments (helmet snaps, cleat tips, bobby pins, etc.), a high-powered magnetic sweeper may be required. Consult a professional synthetic turf provider for more details on methods for deep clean.
6. Address stains and extract gum. Set an example for the upcoming season by removing chewing gum and miscellaneous stains before first usage. Users will recognize a clean, pristine slate and ultimately, will be more likely to follow suit.
7. Beware of traffic. While de-winterizing, take note that vehicles equipped with anything other than pneumatic tires should not be permitted to drive onto field.
8. Warning signs. This spring, consider implementing synthetic turf guideline signs around the perimeter of your facility that clearly indicate field rules and regulations. This could prevent damage caused from sharp objects, smoking, chewing gum, sticky foods/drinks, and the like.
9. Record keeping. As this next season approaches and usage frequency increases, it is always a good idea to keep a record of the field’s activities. As you know, tracking both the amount of usage and the maintenance activities performed is a best practice for effective field management. In addition, tracking field activities is often a requirement to keep your warranty active.
10. Ask for help. As a proud field owner, we know you are doing everything you can to take the very best care of your field in hopes to ultimately extend its lifespan. Consistent synthetic turf field maintenance can not only keep your field looking its best, but it can also help to ensure that you get the most out of your investment. Enlisting the help of a professional synthetic turf provider for your field’s maintenance needs will enhance its beauty, ensure its safety, and keep it in play for years to come.
Looking for ways to enhance your synthetic turf field’s performance in 2014? Contact us to find out how you can leverage our Synthetic Maintenance Program (SMP) to de-winterize your field and “spring” into the coming season! No turf? No problem…one of our professional field consultants can walk you through the steps necessary to complete a natural to synthetic turf field conversion.