Playing a sport is a great way to get those colder bodies warmer again, but ice on the pitch can often do more harm than good. It is therefore important to make sure that your pitches are protected during the cold weather so that you don’t have to cancel any highly anticipated games.
If you’re looking to protect your sports pitch from harsh, icy weather, then read the top tips below from BowCom; one of the UK’s most respected line marking companies.
Get the Right Pitch Cover for You
An obvious first choice would be to get yourself a pitch cover. Of course, this ensures that the grass will remain protected throughout the cold. Although, there are a range of different covers that you can buy so it is best to get one that is most suitable for how often your pitch will be used during winter. Take a look below to see which one is best for you:
General Agricultural Fleece
While this is usually the cheapest sports pitch cover, it is also extremely easy to move (you can move it just five minutes before kick off and it will be out of the way!). Although, it isn’t always the best for long-term cover due to the thin material. Also, it has been known to get stuck to the pitch and can often do some damage on removal as it can tug on the grass.
Geotextile Woven Cover
The Geotextile Woven Cover is made of thicker material and can protect the pitch from temperatures as low as -4 Celsius, so it is a better option for longer periods of time. It is a little heavier and may take more hands to settle it down and remove it.
A more durable option is the Polypropylene Type, which allows air and light to reach the pitch even while covered, so it is still helping with the maintenance of your pitch even while covered. A good option for those worried about the state their pitch will be left in after removing the cover.
Stop the Stampers
Players tend to stud the grass a lot more during winter so that they achieve a stronger grip which can destroy a pitch and create bare spots during warmer months. While a turf reinforcement doesn’t directly protect the grass from ice, it does help avoid heavy usage from damaging the pitch. It will work equally as well all-year round too!
Don’t Get Rid of the Snow
Snow doesn’t just make your pitch look pretty but it is really beneficial for the grass. If you don’t have any matches going on and you have good drainage, then there is no need to worry about getting rid of the snow as it is actually doing you more of a favour being there than not. The snow protects the grass from the bitter, winter air, so it is best to just leave it until it melts.
Try and avoid walking over your pitch if you can, as it may create bare spots in the spring and damage the current grass. Make sure that everyone who visits the pitch avoids walking on the grass where possible. Don’t be scared to put up a sign – it will save you a lot of money in the long run.
Create a Monthly Plan
Ensure that you create a monthly plan in a diary or calendar and fill it with all your sporting events. By doing this, you are making it visually easy to see what you have coming up and you are able to plan what sort of maintenance needs to be done and when.
This will also give you plenty of time to check machinery and pitch covers over to check they are in full working order so that you don’t have a last-minute panic. A budget plan down the side will also sit hand in hand with this too – just in case all of your winter pitch essentials are damaged from the previous year.
Sport doesn’t have to completely stop when the weather takes a turn for the worst although it is a bit daunting playing on an icy pitch. At least now you know that there are ways to ensure your highly anticipated game will go on and fans won’t be disappointed. Of course, don’t let the game go on if you think the cold weather will affect your players’ health!
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