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Best Practices – Snow Removal – Part 1 of 3

undefinedOne of the primary benefits associated with the investment in an artificial turf field is to extend the season by making the field available later in the fall and earlier in the spring. Snow Removal Best Practices require thought and investment in advance of the need for snow removal. The facility professionals will need to be educated in advance of the winter season to address the snow removal process and ensure the proper procedures are being followed so that your warranty remains intact and the surface remains safe for play.


Over the next three (3) weeks, we will provide information regarding recommended Snow Removal Best Practices. This week we will review the recommended equipment required for the snow removal process.

 

 

Snow Plow Vehicle

  • Smooth thread tires – properly inflated – no chains
  • Vehicle cannot leak fluid of any kind – test this in advance
  • Gator type utility vehicle is preferred – with winter cover and heat
  • Pick up truck for larger field
  • Nothing larger than a pick-up truck should be utilized

Plow Blade

  • 8 ft width maximum
  • Rubber tip must be retro fit to the blade
  • Modified with adjustable snow feet – ¼” setting is typical

Snow Brush Vehicle

  • Smooth thread tires – properly inflated – no chains
  • Vehicle cannot leak fluid of any kind – test this in advance
  • Tractor or another vehicle with a p.t.o

Snow Brush

  • Polypropylene brush – never use metal brush
  • Rotary brush – p.t.o. driven
  • Modified with adjustable snow feet – ¼” setting is typical

Snow Blower

  • Vehicle and walk behind models are available
  • Modified with adjustable snow feet – ¼” setting is typical
  • Smooth thread tires – properly inflated – no chains

Drag Brush

  • GreensGroomer Drag Brush is recommended
  • Optional: tines, finishing brush and magnet tow behind

Rubber Infill

  • 10,000 lbs. of rubber infill – recommended standby material
  • Stored in traditional liftable super sacks (2,000 lbs. per sack)
  • Same infill material as used within the field (sieve size, etc.)

Infill Spreader

  • Broadcast spreader – adjustable application rate
  • Application rate not to exceed 0.10 lbs. per sq. ft.
  • Vehicle cannot leak fluid of any kind – test this in advance
  • Smooth thread tires – properly inflated

Ice Melt

  • Calcium chloride based – use sparingly

Snow/Rain Tarp

  • Minimum to cover the playing surface
  • Storage cores for when not in use

Snow Shovels

  • Plastic shovels – never use metal shovels
  • Required for detail and hand work around the edges

Water Hoses

  • Hot Water Source – hot water is required to melt ice
  • Ensure enough length to access all areas of the field

 

For more information regarding Snow Removal Best Practices, please email inquiry@turfconsultants.com.