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11-01-2022

4 Tips for Turf Sports Field Preparation – How to Ensure Your Multi-Sport Synthetic Field is Ready to Reopen

How do you care for a multi-sport synthetic turf field? Synthetic turf fields require routine maintenance to prevent wear and tear and minimal repairs. A multi-sport field requires turf maintenance year-round to ensure a safe surface for all activities it will support. Regular maintenance of your multi-sport turf field will keep costs low and your artificial turf field looking new. 

Ask yourself these four questions to create a care plan for your synthetic turf field. These questions will be your preparation guide to ensure your multi-sport synthetic turf field is ready to reopen. 

Synthetic Sports Field Preparation Questions: The checklist for preparing your artificial grass sports field before reopening

  •  Have you inspected your field for debris and foreign objects?
  • Have you determined that infill depths are satisfactory?
  • Have you treated your field to remove any harmful bacteria or viruses?
  • Have you walked your field to ensure there are no seam tears or trip hazards?

These questions will help you stay on track with your field maintenance goals and preparation. This checklist will give you the guidance you need to plan your field care budget, learn how to protect your field turf and what to do to create a high-performing field turf surface.

What do you look for to ensure proper care of a multi-sport artificial turf field?

The care of your multi-sport artificial turf field includes testing, tools, and field maintenance routines. All of these factors ensure the safety, longevity, and consistent surface of your multi-sport artificial turf field.

The proper care of your multi-sport artificial turf field begins with a grooming practice and infill depth checks. It also consists of ensuring the field is safe before play by performing full-field repair checks and GMAX testing. Let’s break this down.

1. Deep Cleaning service

 Being consistent in how often you groom your artificial grass field is essential to keeping your turf field consistent. For every 40 hours of play, you should groom your synthetic turf field. Once or twice a year, a deep cleaning service is recommended to disinfect an artificial grass sports field. This deep cleaning service uses a machine to remove any items that are stuck in the turf. This machine also can disinfect the field, which provides peace of mind during the fall and spring sports seasons. A weekly field sweep to clean any debris from the field is vital to the health and cleanliness of the turf. A garden leaf sweeper is able to pick up trash that is left behind after the field is used.

2. Understanding the flow patterns or traffic patterns of the field

The flow patterns or traffic patterns of your artificial grass turf field will let you know where high-wear areas are located and where the low-wear areas are on your synthetic turf field. The parts that have high wear are usually the entrance of the field and the locker room entrance. Other overuse areas based on sports type include soccer goal mouths, corner kicks, lacrosse creases, and penalty kicks to name a few. To keep your synthetic turf field in good condition, you need to block off high-traffic areas, rotate practice locations of the field, and maintain a good infill depth. This will help to even out the wear on the turf and keep it in good condition.

To ensure your synthetic turf field is operating at its best, conducting a GMAX test for your sports field is one component of field monitoring. GMAX testing will give you the data you need to know if you need a top-off infill for your synthetic turf multi-sport field. Adding more infill to your artificial grass field will keep your turf standing up, keep the grass field even, and your athletes safe. Are you looking for a GMAX test for your multi-sport field? Connect with our Motz365 maintenance team to set up an appointment today!

3. Infill Maintenance and Infill Replenishment

Infill maintenance and infill replenishment are key to a consistent artificial grass field. Infill keeps the turf fibers standing tall and provides safety for the players by creating an artificial turf field that is similar to natural grass. The tool to measure infill is called the infill depth gauge, which is a metal probe that detects and gauges the depth of the infill profile on the turf field. Every turf system installed can be different in terms of fiber height and density. The amount of infill and recommended infill level depths will depend on your overall turf system. Check with your manufacturer or installer if you are unsure.

4. Seeking Assistance for Repairs and Maintenance

There are times your field will need an expert to make repairs to your synthetic turf field or provide you with high-quality maintenance. Field assistance can consist of repairing issues related to inlay field markings, harsh marks, panel seams, kick-offs, sinkholes, or low spots. If you notice a spot where players are tripping, that is an indication that a repair is needed. These issues require an expert to fix your artificial turf surface and keep your turf field lasting long-term. The areas that experience the most wear and tear on multi-sport synthetic turf fields are lacrosse creases, penalty kickoffs, and soccer high kicks. Having a trained facilities team and maintenance plan are ways to prevent these issues from occurring.

How can Motz help you prepare your multi-sport synthetic turf field to stay consistent year-round and keep your turf field lasting long-term?

What makes Motz unique within the turf maintenance industry is our fast service requests. We provide 48 hours or less response time for a non-critical repair call and 24 hours of response time for a critical repair. We are a synthetic turf maintenance resource that is focused on providing high-quality care that supports our customers and keeps the performance of their artificial grass field for years. Fill out our contact form today and our Field Aid expert will connect with you!

While you wait for us to schedule a call, download your free field maintenance log and find out why you need to keep a sports turf field maintenance log. This free maintenance log will help you customize your facility’s processes and procedures.

Free maintenance log - track your repairs, maintenance process, and cleanings

Are you ready to start your field maintenance plan? Great! Contact Motz to get your questions answered, create your customized field maintenance plan or get more information about maintenance repair for your synthetic turf sports field. At Motz, we meet you where you are at and help you throughout the process to make the best decisions for you turf field.

Infill is important for your putting green. Infill weighs turf down and spreads the turf fibers apart in order to keep the turf surface consistent. At Motz, we provide a unique infill product, Envirofill. Envirofill is known for being the originally coated sand infill that provides consistent performance, it is 100% reusable, and is infused with Microban technology to protect against bacteria, stains, and odors. Mold can be a concern because putting green turf fibers are closely-packed together, but Envirofill helps prevent this from happening. We recommend Envirofill due to the smaller sieve size, which fits down into the dense turf better. Raw sand should not be used since it will change the color of your putting green, speed up the ball, and eventually make your green stiffer from compacting. For more information on infill check out a homeowner putting green review or Raw Sand verse Envirofill.

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