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    well as thunder and lightning storms and heavy rain make the field as unusable as natural grass In the words of Koninklijke Ten Cate Nijverdal Netherlands a manufacturer of artificial turf Always available but not always playable In other words Artificial Turf Nor for All Seasons The manufacturers of the turf often advice the buyers of a large number of conditions that go with keeping the field in good condition The list of do and don t is hardly ever shared with the public Each of the commands and prohibitions requires an investment of time and resources to accomplish In the following we have set forth the precautions and protocols issued by Ten Cate about the challenges that winter and fall pose for artificial turf Ten Cate Thiolon Product Advisory When the field is covered by a layer of snow the game is played on the snow rather than the carpet itself The snow protects the carpet from damage Note that this will cause the snow to be compacted making further removal difficult Also If mechanical snow removal is required one must ensure that a the carpet is not damaged by the removal procedure and b the players are not injured by remaining frozen material between the fibers If there is a reason for removing snow however use a wooden never metal scrapper or a broom Playing under thaw or glaze ice conditions may render the field very slippery causing dangers for the players Furthermore according to Ten Cate advisory polypropylene PP fibers should not be used for rubber infill pitches nor for use at low temperatures In cold 15 C 5 F the PP transitions from rubber like to glass like which makes the fiber brittle Bottom line Polypropylene pitches are never to be used nor cleared at temperatures below 0 C 32 F Even the lower sliding resistance LSR fiber types should not be used in 20 C 4 F conditions The LSR transition point is around 100 C 150 F Click here for full PFD version Winter has its challenges but the real scourge of artificial turf is the fall season The Ten Cate Thiolon Advisory Issue 2005 03 on Autumn specific care and troubles is reproduced here verbatim Click here fr PDF version Leave the leaves out please Pollution is one of the enemies of an artificial turf pitch The Autumn season forms an important hazard for pollution of the pitch Leaves and twigs fall down or get blown onto the pitch Combined with rain pitches get slippery systems compact and microclimates are created enabling moss bacteria and algae to flourish Consequences of pollution Pollution is fatal to every artificial turf construction Debris leaves and small twigs but also small particles like moss algae and fine grains of sand can compact the top layer This forms a hard layer that leads to slipperiness reduced porosity and increased susceptibility to injuries Also the lifespan of an artificial turf pitch naturally suffers from this Removal of leaves and twigs Use a wide brush a special vacuum cleaner or a leaf blower This way the infill materials remain in place When cleaning also clean the area outside the playing surface TIP If possible have the fence around the soccer pitch installed at around 10 centimeters from the ground Leaves can then be blown from the pitch directly Moss Remove moss as soon as it appears with a high pressure cleaner If this is not possible due to the infill moss killing herbicides can be used Be very careful with the choice and use of moss killing herbicides and always consult the installer of the pitch beforehand Bacteria and algae The combination of warm artificial turf water and particularly light offers a perfect breeding ground for the growth of bacteria and to a lesser degree algae on the artificial turf fibers Prevent dirt from settling on the pitch It is important only to step onto an artificial turf pitch with clean shoe soles Furthermore the pitches themselves must also be swept and brushed This also removes all organic materials that have been pressed slightly deeper into the surface It reduces the formation of bacteria and the increase of algae Nevertheless if algae should still arise then a method of suppression can be necessary Algae killer Prevention of algae growth is hardly possible Early detection is key especially in shaded areas For combating algae products with the active agent alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride a o Dimanin Spezial from Bayer give very good results without damaging the artificial turf fibers In some cases it is possible to add this agent to an existing irrigation system In all cases use only carefully chosen products and always consult the instructions on the package and local regulations Sources Ten Cate Thiolon Product Advisory Artificial turf in wintertime Issue 2005 01 Ten Cate Thiolon Product Advisory Autumn specific care and troubles issue 2005 03 PAThiolon tencate com www tencate com www thilon grass com For the full PDF versions of Advisory 2005 01 and 2005 03 click on the appropriate icon When promoters or consultants are asked about the annual cost of maintaining an artificial turf field most often I have heard estimates in the range of 5000 to 10 000 per year It is upon pressing the promoters and agents for more realistic data that the estimates tend to get revised upward The fact is that even an estimated maintenance cost of 22 000 is not accurate as that number is usually with respect to indoor fields and a few years behind the current price list Your estimates may also vary if you have an outdoors venue particularly in a wooded area snow and ice conditions hot summer days and where the local economy enjoys a higher standard of living Your estimate will also differ if you have greater wear and tear due to increased playing time vandalism and other factors The cost of supplies consulting and maintenance equipment may be yet other factor

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