Vertidrain is a vital aspect of annual pitch maintenance. It is used to aerate the soil without interfering with play. Aeration of the soil helps ensure a healthy turf and is always part of a pitch maintenance programme. We have been involved in pitch maintenance in the Westmeath, Longford, Offaly area for the past 10 years and have worked with many of the clubs in the midlands area.
Benefits to the turf:
- Relieves compaction
- Allows Oxygen to the plant root system
- Helps water diffuse through the soil
- Encourages root growth
- Allows more efficient nutrient uptake
Midland Sports Surfaces have Vertidrains ranging from 1.6m to 2.1m working width, for use on pitches, fairways, teeboxes or smaller areas.
Downs Before Installation
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Top dressing involves spreading of a selected sand over an existing playing surface. The topdressing material is selected based on the pH of the existing soil and the particle size of existing growth medium. It is normally carried out annually in conjunction with vertidraining. By brushing sand into the holes created during vertidraining, water can quickly move from the surface to the drainage layer. This Sanding is also used to break down the “Thatch Layer” which in turn helps eliminate disease. The use of a V-Brush ensures a through playing surface. Many of the clubs in the Westmeath and Longford area contract us to spread sand on an annual basis.
Overseeding is used to ‘stitch’ new grass into sparse or worn areas of an existing playing surface. At the same time, a more desirable ratio of grasses can be introduced which are harder wearing, have better appearance and more suited to the specific surface. Overseeding is often carried out in conjunction with topdressing.
The experience gained by Midland Sports Surfaces ensures that the best techniques are applied in order to achieve the best possible germination rates. We have recently added the Vredo system to our kit; it is widely regarded as the best machine available.
Hollow coring is the process of removing a ‘plug’ or ‘core’ from the playing surface to help aerate the surface. Subsequent top dressing with sand helps to change the soil profile. Hollow coring is used primarily on sand based surfaces to help breakdown the ‘thatch layer’. It also encourages gas exchange within the rootzone, giving a better, healthier root system. The main advantage of hollow coring is that the core of soil is removed out without causing any compression of the rootzone.
Renovation and Pitch Maintenance:
Fertilizer Programmes & Scarification:
Midland Sport Surfaces offer the complete maintenance package; we design a fertilizer programme based on soil sampling & soil analysis to suit your budget. We assume responsibility for the regime and allow you to focus on playing sports. We also apply amenity herbicides for the selective control of weeds in the turf.
Scarification is used to remove any thatch build-up. This allows improved gas exchange, thereby helping to reduce disease. Scarification is a good means of eliminating undesirable weed species prior to overseeding.
The highest wearing area on any pitch is the goalmouth. Midland Sport Surfaces offer natural and artificial solutions. A site visit helps to determine the worst affected area. A natural grass turf is laid on a free draining root zone to replenish the area.
The artificial grass option is becoming ever more popular. It is longer lasting, gives a through surface for ball bounch as well as giving a defined goal line. A 60mm artificial grass is laid on a built up stone base which is linked into the existing pitch drainage network. The grass has white lines incorporated where necessary. It is filled with a dried silica sand and crumb rubber to give a smooth surface that goalies just love. We ensure that any undulations on the pitch are levelled to leave a completely smooth surface. We have installed numerous astroturf goalmouths throughout westmeath and offaly over the past few years.