The UK has finally seen the much anticipated snowfall we’ve been promised and more wintry weather looks set to be forecast in the coming weeks.
Whatever the amount of snow, it is imperative that you care for your artificial surface in these harsh conditions and Bradleys are on hand to help give you a bit of advice on how to do this.
When snow builds up on the pitch, you need to act fast or not at all. Snow and ice can result in a pitch being unsuitable for use due to risk of damaging the surfaces, so removing the snow before its hardened will avoid broken fibres, although avoid using a metal shovel for risk of tearing the surface. Once the snow hardened, removing it will cause damage, so leave it to melt and drain away naturally as snow or ice won’t actually harm the turf itself.
Rock salt and de-icers should not be used as they can damage the UV stability of the surface. If necessary, use a vacuum-dried salt as it will dissolve quickly, without destroying the fibre – although this is best applied in advance of harsh conditions, so a bit of preparation here is key!
A light dusting of snow means a pitch can be played on – however the heavier it gets, it won’t be possible and the pitch will need a snow plough to clear the snow away. Lots of snow and ice is also a health and safety hazard and put the players at risk of injury. If you do have access to a snow plough, clear the snow to approximately 5cm only as the frozen turf can be easily damaged if snow is ploughed too deeply.
The measures above can be put in place if the pitch is required to be used, but our overall advice would be that if the pitch is covered in snow or ice, stop using it and allow it to thaw and prevent damage. This will protect the pitch and the players using.