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Artificial sports turf irrigation – why is it needed?

Artifical sports turf irrigation graphic

Artificial sports turf irrigation is a fairly new concept, but one that we think should have always been around. You might be thinking – ‘Why would I need an irrigation system for artificial turf?’. Of course, it is not an uncommon reaction to think that synthetic grass does not need to be watered. But what if we told you there are many benefits to having an efficient irrigation system for artificial pitches…

Below are just some of the ways in which irrigation systems can be beneficial to artificial sports turf:


1.  Flushes contaminants and eliminates odours 

During sport games contaminants such as dirt, bodily fluids (sweat) and dust can build up on the turf. Therefore, it is important for them to be flushed away with an irrigation system. The water can wash the containments off the material, down through the rubber in-fill and into a drainage system underneath the ground. This will also help to eliminate odours from the pitch. 


2.  Porosity of the pitch

If rubber in-fill is not properly maintained and looked after, it can become compacted quite quickly when being played on. Rubber particles can get stuck together which causes the pitch to loose porosity. Separating the rubber fibres and the synthetic fibres with an irrigation system also helps to eliminate the dark look on the pitch after games.


3.  Cool down turf

An irrigation system is one of the quickest ways to cool down an artificial sports turf. Synthetic grass can become extremely hot in warm temperatures and can possibly burn skin if touched. So, an irrigation system is essential to keep a low turf temperature. 


4.  Settle in-fill

Regular watering can help settle the rubber in-fill when added onto the turf.


5.  Increase life-span

Depending on the type of synthetic brand, regular watering of the field from an irrigation system can increase the material’s life-span. 

GlenFarrow design, install and maintain sports turf irrigation systems to meet all customer requirements. To find out more about our irrigation systems call Richard Royce on 01775 722327.

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