Our top 5 tips for maintaining artificial hockey pitches
A properly maintained artificial hockey pitch doesn’t only benefit its overall appearance and contributes to a longer life. Some of the advantages go further to include; a reduction in the chance of obtaining an injury, ensuring proper drainage in bad weather conditions, and generally improving the playing surface to make sure you’re playing at your absolute best.
It is important to consider the maintenance of your hockey pitch even before you hire a hockey pitch construction contractor. You can keep your pitch looking clean and tidy by installing tarmac paths leading to the pitch, landscaping with non-shedding trees, and even installing artificial turf warm up areas so the pitch doesn’t get contaminated with mud. No artificial pitch is completely maintenance free, therefore, we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 tips for maintaining you artificial hockey pitch:
- Routine Maintenance
By carrying out regular preventative maintenance on the pitch you can extend its life and keep it in the fantastic condition. As a general guideline, we would especially advise clearing the pitch of litter, leaves, twigs, and mud. Additionally, you would be wise to remove any weeds or unwanted growth that may appear around the pitch edges. By keeping up with general maintenance you will be doing the pitch a big favour in the long term.
- Wear Appropriate Footwear
It is important that you communicate to any individuals who will be using your artificial pitch about the correct footwear that should be worn. By ensuring all pitch users have appropriate footwear for the specific sport and surface will keep your pitch in a far better condition. Wearing the wrong footwear on artificial pitches you will damage the surface and could even cause an unpleasant injury.
- Removal of Moss and Algae
To keep your pitch in top condition we would recommend regular checks for any build-up of moss or algae. This may be particular more prone to water-based pitches, so if your pitch is water-based it’s especially worth keeping an eye on this. This is more prevalent when the surface suffers from poor airflow, poor sunlight, and improper drainage.
- Regular Brushing
Routinely brushing your artificial pitch in different directions will make sure that the fibres stay in an upright position. For this we recommend using a drag brush behind a tractor get the best results. It is particularly important to brush over the heavy traffic areas such as pitch entrances and goal areas.
- Freshen Up
It doesn’t hurt to give your artificial hockey pitch a good deep clean from time to time. Hiring an expert company to thoroughly inspect the pitch for any tearing or loosening of any seems, as well as topping up sand in-fill levels if its running low, will contribute massively to the upkeep of the pitch.
Here at McArdle Sport Tec we offer a wide choice of hockey surfaces, from top-specification water-based systems, to very affordable sand-based installations. All synthetic hockey pitches we construct are installed on a macadam base with a separate shock pad to increase player comfort and surface longevity. If you’re interested in installing an synthetic hockey pitch, why not give a member of our team a call on 01491 827810 or click here for more information.