Prevention of water-logged pitches After the recent persistent rains it should be apparent if water run-off from higher ground is entering the pitch. Wherever possible run-off water should be diverted away to a safe location. This could be an adjacent wood, a wetland , stream or natural water course. Much will depend on the magnitude […]
Recent heavy rain should highlight wet areas and especially places that collect surface water from surrounding ground. Now, before the rainy season sets in it is prudent to check where surface water can be checked and diverted if possible. Making sure that pitches only have to cope with the rainfall they receive solves more than […]
Heavy clay sports pitches can support regular play in the wettest winters.
Without professional planning, sports pitch drainage can easily end in disaster.
sports pitch drainage – don’t rush in with drainage measures without being sure you have all the facts and the right solution
Despite the highest annual rainfall recorded the failure in sports pitch drainage must give concern. Time and again assessments of poorly drained and muddy sites are made – the most common situation being the collection of surface water on pitches that are unable to promote any degree of surface drainage. Strange, after so much has […]
Pre-requisites in sports pitch drainage
A number of factors contribute to the success in a sports pitch drainage programme. Installing and maintaining a system is an expensive undertaking. A complete system incorporating slit drainage and sand dressing can amount to in the region of £25000 to £30000. Negligence in just one area can jeopardise the entire investment. The following myths […]
Reducing fixture cancellations If you are looking to reduce cancelled fixtures due to water-logged conditions the solutions are clear and simple. There must be an adequate cross-gradient to promote surface drainage There must be an even grade with no depressions. Water run-off from surrounding areas on to the pitch must be prevented. Secondary drainage installation […]
Muddy football pitches are common throughout Europe during the wet winter months. In most instances, particularly in the United Kingdom, topsoils are relatively impermeable with high silt and clay content. Infiltration measurements using a double ring infiltrometer are negligible varying between 0.1 and 0.5 mm/hr after they have been subject to compaction in wet conditions […]