How to Maintain Hybrid Grass Fields?

In hybrid grass areas, in areas where the hybridization machine cannot enter or deform, manual hybridization is performed to recover the worn areas in a short time. In natural grass fields, this application is carried out as seed spreading process. Root attitude and growth time are prolonged due to reasons such as the seeds flying from wind to place, being eaten as feed by birds, or not receiving the necessary water, light and temperature depending on weather conditions. In addition, roller grass is also applied in natural fields in order to realize the renovation process in a shorter time. However, this application is more economical than the spreading process involves more cost.

When the hybrid and natural grass applications in the study areas were examined, it was seen that the deformed sections in the hybrid areas renewed themselves more quickly and in a short time during the monthly maintenance periods. As Hatko Sport, we make the highest quality hybrid grass fields.

After hybridization, hybrid grass fields enter solarium (artificial daylight) and mature grass seeds more quickly. Grass roots, which normally develop between 8-12 cm, are thus coiled into fibers 20 cm deep and the field is ready more quickly.

In the match and training fields prepared for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England and Wales, 53 natural and hybrid turf fields were selected for analysis and some mechanical tests were conducted to measure the field quality. Primarily, samples were taken from the field soils by a 40 mm diameter cylinder and dipped into a 220 mm depth and analyzed the development stages of the grass. In the later stages, factors such as durability, shear resistance, hardness, which should be subjected to higher mechanical tests, were analyzed.

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Comparison of Natural Grass Field and Hybrid Grass Field

  • Natural grass field and hybrid grass field were compared.
  • It has been observed in two different fields applied that hybrid sites with artificial fibers need to be irrigated more frequently.
  • This is because the sun’s rays are held by artificial fibers, causing the soil to cool late.

Looking at the first turf format, the natural grass is mowed to the standard 250-300 mm for playing football, while in hybrid pitches the first form is mowed to the length of 200 mm artificial hybrid fibers. In the later forms, standard 250-300 mm forms are made to prevent the mowing of hybrid grass. Dilution process is performed after planting in natural grass fields. However, this process is not performed on hybrid soils.

Ventilation is done with thinner nails on hybrid floors and thicker nails on natural floors. This prevents damage to the artificial fibers. Sandblasting process is performed once a year by laying only foggy fine sand on hybrid surfaces. The reason for this is to prevent the thickness of the sand to rise above the artificial fibers. It is applied to natural grass surfaces by mixing with river sand turf. The hybridizing brush is used to steep the artificial fibers lying on the ground after shape. On natural grass surfaces this is done with normal hard-tipped brushes. In another study, the hybrid lawn application designed, tested and patented by the University of Pisa was classified as a natural turf field made up of natural lawns growing on artificial turf and reinforced by FIFA.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the characteristics of the game and to determine the abrasion resistance after the rugby and football competitions in 2-5 months period. World-leading hybrid turf stadium led by Wembley Stadium, Emirates (Arsenal), Etihad (Manchester City), Old Trafford (Manchester United), White Hart Lane (Tottenham), St. James Park (Newcastle United), Goodison Park ( Everton), San Siro (Milan / Inter), Amsterdam Arena (Ajax), Santiago Bernabeu (Real Madrid), Donbass Arena (Shakhtar Donetsk). Turkey also hybrid grass applications is increasing every day. In another study, 40 football teams in Victoria and Western Australia were measured at 9 different points on 20 grounds during 2007-2008 season and 352 of 402 injuries were found to be related to ground hardness at the points (Twomey et al. 2012). This has shown that in sports areas where hybrid or natural grass is applied, particular attention must be paid to the soil being too soft or too hard and the dosage of granules and fibers mixed into the sandfill.

As can be seen, hybrid grass field is a very profitable investment compared to natural grass field. Also the hybrid grass maintenance is easy.  For further information please contact Hatko Sport.

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