Many existing natural sports pitches have deteriorated during years of use with little or no maintenance programme in place. Often, the areas started out as a 'grass field' and therefore the old grass sward is now unable to support regular use and recover from the effects of play.
Any natural sports turf surface will require regular maintenance and renovation to ensure that the playing surface stays in the best playable state. We believe that the correct renovation programme is just as important as the construction itself, ensuring that the playing surface remains in the best possible condition at all times. A relatively small initial outlay at the end of playing season can help breathe new life and extend the longevity of a natural sports pitch.
Poor drainage, water-logging and compaction are usually a problem for surfaces which have received little or no maintenance. This will usually lead to poor grass coverage & large wear areas, weed infestation and restricted use during the winter months. During summer months these areas often become hard with the surface becoming cracked, bare and difficult to play on.
Choosing the right renovation programme is of paramount importance to ensure that your playing surface is brought back to its optimal condition and ready for the challenges of the new season and should be planned along with a thorough maintenance regime.
The services we offer include:
The Koro Field Top Maker is a Heavy-duty fraise mower for surface restoration of sports pitches & golf courses.The machine removes any unwanted surface matter such as poa annua, thatch, weeds or the entire surface to a depth of 50mm. It has a side arm conveyor to remove debris directly into a trailer or truckster. The 'Topmaker' is designed for sports turf applications like football & rugby pitches golf fairways, turf farms, etc. Verticut blades allow the Topmaker to be used as a heavy-duty scarifier.
Aeration of the soil is vital to encourage a good sward. Aeration can be carried out using a variety of methods. The 'verti-drain' machine uses tines to penetrate the soil which are either solid or hollow, depending on the soil conditions, time of year and desired effect. A massively influential machine in the pitch care industry, the 'verti-drain' is designed to de-compact the soil on sports pitches once or twice per year. Equally spaced holes of 25mm diameter and up to 300mm deep provide a surface pan shatter, allowing water and air to disperse to the grass roots a lot easier.
Overseeding of an existing sports pitch is a recognised essential part of annual maintenance. All natural sports pitches are affected by the specific growing environment in which they exist, their level of use and general weather conditions. As a result, understanding the basic principles of overseeding and choice of seed mix will enable you to work with nature toward a greener and healthier natural surface.
Agripower Contractors have a range of machines specifically designed for working on newly cultivated soils or to drill into existing swards.
Top dressing is an important operation that should be carried out at least once a year. Top dressing is the process of applying a fine layer of high quality soil to the surface of the pitch. Our machinery can apply hundreds of tonnes of top dressing at a time which will help to improve your surface levels and create a better playing surface.
Our state-of-the-art tractor mounted laser graders and Leica Geosystems free standing lasers can complete the levels on any natural or artificial sports playing surface to the tightest of tolerances.
All of our laser graders ensure a high degree of accuracy meaning that yours sports surface can be constructed with a slight camber, if needed, to aid in water movement and surface drainage.
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For further information about the natural sports turf renovation and maintenance services we offer, click here or call 01494 866 776.
Agripower Ltd were selected via a highly competitive tender process to carry out the re-development of the sports facilities at Merchant Taylors Independent Boys School.
The BOSC Cricket Ground in Hampshire is currently undergoing a large construction project and Agripower are proud to be part of it.