Monday 4 August 2014 

How To Maintain Good Drainage For Your Ground

Sand banding is a valuable secondary drainage operation that will help ensure rainwater is able to percolate downwards through sports turf for removal
Sand banding is a valuable secondary drainage operation that will help ensure rainwater is able to percolate downwards through sports turf for removal by underlying piped drainage systems
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The importance of regular secondary treatments is an essential part of maintaining good drainage at your cricket ground.

Nathan George, contracts manager at MJ Abbott Ltd, one of the country's leading sports turf and water engineering contractors, explains more.

"It is vital that rainwater is able to percolate freely downwards from the surface so that it can be removed by underlying primary piped drainage systems without impedance," he said.

"Last winter’s very wet weather highlighted many secondary drainage issues which we were able to alleviate using treatments ranging from sand and gravel banding to deep-tine aeration, scarification and sand top dressing, depending on the severity of the problem and the available budget."

He adds that main drain outfalls and ditches need to be included on any regular maintenance schedule so that water can flow freely and consistently away from both the surface and subsoil.

"Blocked or silted drains, ditches and culverts can quickly cause water to back-up along drainage pipes, resulting in soft, wet surfaces that hamper normal play and can cost a great deal to put right.

"Far better to follow a good preventive maintenance programme at the outset than having to carry out costly repairs later."

And maintenance and renovation of existing drainage systems is also very important.

"Such events, where the surface becomes uneven and rippled, can cause major problems for an existing drainage system and be hazardous also for players," George explains.

"Affected turf surfaces can reveal depressions ranging from 25mm to 150mm in depth, all of which will need re-levelling with sand and rootzone material before reseeding and watering-in."

Clubs should also factor in a return visit by MJ Abbott within 12 months of a new drainage installation to ensure any ground along along drain lines that may have settled during hot or dry weather to be topped up, levelled and restored.

© Cricket World 2014