As spring sports begin to ramp up and the teams want to get outside, there is a chance that some synthetic turf owners will need to clear snow from their fields in order for activities to continue as scheduled. We receive questions constantly about the procedures for removing snow from turf, what is allowed versus what could harm the surface or the future performance of the field.
With that in mind, we want to share some best practices for removing snow from your field.
- Before you touch the snow on your field, contact your turf provider to ensure that your actions will not affect your warranty and ask them their preferred method of removal.
- Also keep in mind that any damage caused to the turf during the snow removal, such as a torn seam, may be subject to repair costs from your turf provider.
- Check the drains around your field! Make sure they are clear of debris to accommodate all of the melting snow or ice from the turf.
- The best way to remove snow is with a powered snow blower, mounted on a small tractor with turf tires (pneumatic tires only) – and be aware that vehicular weight should be limited to 45psi.
- A tractor-mounted snow plow is also acceptable, as long as it has a rubber-edged blade. When lowering the blade, leave 1-2” between the bottom of the rubber and the turf, to avoid disruption of the infill.
- Always take extra care to assure that the depth of any mechanical device designed for snow removal is properly set to avoid gouging or ripping the field surface and never allow the tires to spin.
- You will notice some snow left on your turf, even after passing over it with the plow, due to the height of the blade – that’s okay! As the temperature increases or the sun makes an appearance, the leftover snow will melt.
- Chemical melting of snow/ice is also acceptable, but only the use of non-corrosive calcium chloride is recommended. If you’re unsure on the product, contact your turf provider.
- Once the field is clear of snow, take a walk across the field to look for low infill areas. Be sure to touch those areas up with a round of infill before activity occurs.
Our team is happy to answer any other questions or concerns you have about snow removal from your turf, or if you need our assistance in performing that work, feel free to give us a call at 513-533-6452.