Choosing the Right Watering Systems for Sports Facilities

WP Law - Monday, October 07, 2013

Things to consider for your sports facilities’ irrigation system

Choosing the Right Watering Systems for Sports Facilities
When selecting an irrigation system for your sports facility, it is important to understand what challenges your facility faces and how an irrigation system can impact those challenges.

For natural grass facilities, the frequency of use plays a large role in properly managing that facility. Most municipal sports facilities are multi-use, meaning that a variety of sports are played on the same fields.

This year-round use means that sports field managers must make the most out of the growing season to ensure a durable, healthy turf for sports teams to play on. The quality of the playing surface can go a long way in preventing injuries as well. Here are some considerations that need to be taken into account when selecting an irrigation system for my sports facility.

• What is my water window? How much time do I have to water during the week when the fields are not being used? (Don’t forget about practice times.)
• What special application capabilities will my irrigation system need to have? Syringing the infield for example.
• What off-site management capabilities will I need? Remote access, etc.
• What water conservation measures should be incorporated? On-site weather stations, etc.

Your goals should include reduction of labor and long-term mitigation of damage to the field from use. Special consideration should also be given to player safety and the responsible use of our natural resources.

We know from watching superintendents of golf courses how much work can go into keeping a field green and healthy. That is also true of the labor involved in the upkeep a sports facility. The irrigation system that you choose can go a long way in helping you reduce labor and improve the maintenance and care of your field.

Contact the irrigation system experts at W. P. Law, Inc. at for more information.

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