A football pitch renovation is the most significant step a stadium will take to improve the playing surface and create the perfect environment for high-level performance. A football field renovation can include a variety of features such as aeration, verti draining, top-dressing, weed control and the correct grass seed mixture.
Aeration – the process of making holes into a sports field surface, alleviates compaction levels and provides pathways for water infiltration. It can be carried out on a regular basis or as part of a football pitch renovation. Aeration is recommended for all football pitches to ensure good drainage and the relief of surface hardness.
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Grass Seed Mixture – The choice of grass species is key to the success of any football renovation. We recommend using a mix that offers excellent wear tolerance such as Perennial Ryegrass (Lolium perenne). This hardwearing grass has the advantage of germinating well at prevailing soil temperatures in late May/early June and establishing quickly. It is also highly tolerant to traffic and can withstand heavy use.
Other Features – A comprehensive football pitch renovation should always include a variety of other important features such as a drainage system, weed control, aeration and overseeding to ensure the best results. This includes a herbicide application to help with the control of any weed grasses and a seeding program to ensure the sward is strengthened in the long term.
It is important to have a clear plan of action to complete any football pitch renovation project and set realistic expectations. A comprehensive renovation should be based on a thorough condition report that takes into account a range of factors such as the current usage and climatic conditions of the site.