Sand can be used as part of the substrate of aggregates that create a foundation for your artificial turf surface when you are laying it in place of a traditional lawn. However, the choice should depend on your individual circumstances, including requirements for drainage.
Artificial grass sand infill is recommended for all types of artificial grass lawns and pitches. Firstly, it weighs down the grass, providing stability to the surface and ensuring that there are no folds or wrinkles that could create hazards. Secondly, the sand surrounds the blades of grass and ensures that they remain upright and don’t become compacted through use. This improves the appearance of the pitch and creates better shock absorption. Finally, sand infill helps to reduce friction between the player and the sports surface, thus limiting the damage to the surface through prolonged use and extending the life of your pitch.
Even though sand-based artificial turf has many advantages over grass, and does not need regular mowing, feeding and watering, it will need at least annual maintenance, depending on use. This will include brushing and drag brushing to redistribute the sand across the surface of the pitch to prevent compaction in areas of heaving use, and sand top ups with a product designed for this purpose, to address the natural migration of the sand through time. Without these two aspects, you are more likely to have an accident or injury, and drainage will be reduced. If you haven’t had regular and appropriate maintenance and your pitch is starting to be covered in weeds or algae, or if there are tears in the carpet of the pitch or lines have become detached from their backing, these all create hazards for pitch users (and your pocket).
The best sand for artificial grass infill will be designed to prevent the growth of weeds and other contaminants. Even so, you will need to ensure on a regular basis, according to usage, that you conduct maintenance of your sand-infill to redistribute the sand and ensure maximum usability. This should include brushing and drag brushing, moss and algae treatments and sand top-ups if needed.
Over time, sand infill will migrate across the surface of the artificial grass pitch. Incorrect infill levels lead to excessive fibre wear, premature ageing of the surface, inconsistent performance, and greatly increases the likelihood of compaction. On some surfaces, it may be necessary to remove excess infill or re-spread it across the whole of the surface. Infill can also be cleaned and returned to the surface.
A regular maintenance plan need not be unattainable to an amateur enthusiast and can extend the life of your sand-based AstroTurf pitch by 50 per cent, or five years, according to use and circumstances. If you rely on the sports pitch for a living, it will ensure that your pitch is in top condition, all year round.
Drag brushing, sand top-ups and deep cleaning all depend on specialist equipment, materials and expertise that are beyond the experience of most private and commercial sports pitches. Astrocare can supply a quote for stand-alone services such as a sand or rubber crumb top up, or for a regular maintenance package. Astrocare, tennis court maintenance packages start at just £500 per court or surface, per year. Drag brushing, sand top-ups, deep cleaning and line and carpet repairs all depend on specialist equipment, materials and expertise that is beyond the experience of most private and commercial sports pitches. Astrocare maintenance packages start at just £500 per court or surface, per year.
At Astrocare, we are experts in artificial grass maintenance, installation and repair services. To ensure the longevity of your artificial turf sports pitch our services include:
– Regular brushing and conditioning
– Deep intensive cleaning
– Check-up every 6 months
We pride ourselves on our expertise with sand-based AstroTurf and provide a quality, reliable service for excellent value. As well as offering excellent-value maintenance services, we also install artificial pitches and lawns from the UK’s leading supplier of artificial grass, and carry out ancillary works including fencing, floodlighting, and peripheral landscaping.
For a free quote for sand-based AstroTurf services, speak to the experts at Astrocare today.