Winter Maintenance To Prevent Frozen 3G Pitches

6th February 2024

Many people think synthetic turf (Astro turf) is “all weather” to the point that no maintenance is required over the winter months. This can increase the surface debris, contamination and reduce the overall drainage of the surface.

All weather pitches, artificial turf tennis court, synthetic turf playgrounds and MUGA’s all require maintenance throughout the year. Like all surfaces changes in temperature especially conditions near or below zero will effect the performance.

With the seasonal increases in moisture it’s known that artificial turf pitches can freeze making the surface hard and unsafe. Infill used in the artificial turf such as silica sand and SBR rubber crumb can retain low temperatures within the pile taking it longer to thaw than natural grass. 

Frost and Frozen synthetic turf pitches, court and MUGA’s can be prevented by applying PDV salt which is not as harsh as other products used on paths such as rock salt. We advise not to use rock salt on any synthetic turf surfaces.

Winter also comes with snowfall which has a number of challenges as the snow can quickly lay on the artificial turf preventing play. Once snow has laid the surface snow is very difficult to move, trying to remove the snow on 3G football and rugby pitches will cause the rubber crumb to be lifted out with the snow. Not to mention where you store the snow off the pitch.

Once snow is on the surface it is best to leave it until the pitch thaws and ultimately making the playing surface safe. Although this will effect bookings and revenue for a few weeks the safety of the users is vital.

Once the snow and frost clear’s then maintenance should resume with a deep clean and decompaction especially for 3G pitches.

For more information on treatments and maintenance package please contact our office for more information 01642 713555.