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Prevent Turf Damage and Rescue your Field Quickly after Heavy Rains

Posted by Turface Athletics on Nov 14, 2012 in Education 0 Comments

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Rain and foot traffic can wreak havoc on a soccer field. In fact, just one game played in the rain can essentially destroy a natural grass field for the season. On top of the damage done to the turf, a match played on a rain-soaked, slippery pitch can be downright dangerous for the athletes.

Fortunately, field managers and soccer coaches can minimize damage caused by the rain in a matter of minutes.

Topdressing aggressively on muddy areas with turf conditioners, like Field & Fairway™, can help dry and firm the playing surface quickly.

Apply and rake for immediate relief

Simply apply Field & Fairway™ directly onto muddy areas, let the product stand for 5-10 minutes, and rake the product evenly across the area. The conditioner will instantly begin absorbing excess moisture. In fact, Field & Fairway is proven to absorb more than 90 percent of its weight in water and does not deteriorate over time. Direct application to puddles and wet areas immediately following a rain event will also prevent turf damage by removing surface water and protecting the crown of the grass plant.

Simply put, with Field & Fairway in place, the field will dry faster, give players better traction and stimulate long-term field recovery.

For a cosmetic benefit, you can use Field & Fairway™ Emerald. Its green coloring provides an aesthetic benefit to mask worn areas on the field, while the ceramic particles effectively soak up moisture and provide solid footing even through heavy rains. It’s an especially effective treatment on high-traffic areas of the field like soccer goal mouths.

Proven to work better than sand

The Ohio State University Horticulture and Crop Science Department conducted studies to determine Field & Fairway’s ability to, prevent turf damage by topdressing prior to a rain event, and to “rescue” a field from a rain-game scenario.

In the first study, researchers compared plots treated with a topdressing application of Field & Fairway and a topdressing application of sand, prior to a rain event. They found that Field & Fairway effectively protected the turf and improved the quality of the surface better than sand.

In the second study, the field was irrigated until there was standing water. Heavy foot traffic was applied to simulate a game on the field. Field & Fairway was treated on a portion of the field, while medium coarse sand was applied at similar depths on another area.  The study confirmed that applications of Field & Fairway firmed the surface and reduced long-term damage by helping turf to recover more quickly.

Click here to review the entire study.

Prevention is always the best method

Ideally, protecting the field before a rain event is the best way to keep a field in top playing condition. A topdressing application of Field & Fairway prior to the season will go a long way to keeping the field playable when rain eventually comes.

Typical use on athletic turf: Apply at a rate of 735 pounds per 1,000 square feet to obtain a ¼-inch layer of topdressing. Mixing seed with the Field & Fairway before topdressing will promote the emergence of new seedlings during the season. The players will work the seed and conditioner into the surface, reducing the amount of damage due to foot traffic and allowing the turf to recover quickly after a game or tournament.

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