What are the Best Practices for Infill Maintenance?

One of the most important practices of regular maintenance for your synthetic turf field is to keep the infill levels consistent and properly filled at all high-traffic areas. These particular spots are where repetitive action takes place during a practice or game. For example, a football kicker practicing field goals during an hour practice. The kicking motion of his/her foot is happening typically in the same spot on the field during that time period.

When the infill gets displaced from those areas during repetitive motions, and becomes too low, the activity on the turf can lead to the fibers prematurely wearing down over time, and can eventually expose the backing of the turf. Once the fibers are worn down too low, the only solution for remediation is to replace that area with a patch of turf.

Some of the areas to keep a particular eye on during your regular maintenance include:

  • football penalty kick spots
  • soccer penalty kick marks
  • soccer corner kicks
  • soccer and lacrosse goal areas
  • baseball and softball base areas (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
  • baseball and softball batter’s boxes
  • baseball and softball home plate area
  • baseball and softball pitcher’s mounds

The best course of action to keep these areas consistently at the proper levels, is to add infill each time you perform your regular grooming maintenance. It is recommended that a round of grooming should be performed on your field once per every 40 hours of activity. During a busy fall, spring, or summer season, that is typically once every two weeks. That is a good and frequent opportunity to refill the high-traffic areas. It is also a good idea to keep a bucket of infill accessible for coaches and players, in case extra is needed between maintenance procedures.

If you are in need of additional infill for your synthetic turf surface or would like additional training on proper regular maintenance, contact your turf provider or give The Motz Group a call at 513-533-6452.