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The hybrid grass system POWERgrass is resistant up to 6 hours per day, with a few precautions during the winter.

The goalkeeper Nobile during an action with SambThe goalkeeper Nobile during an action with Samb

Many invest in a playing field with synthetic grass because is possible to use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Except for rare cases, a playing field shall not exceed 1200 hours of play per year, becasue, during the day, most of the children are at school and adults at work. In most cases, the fields are used after 16:00 pm and until 22:00 in the evening. One day a week the insiders close the structure of weekly rest. Therefore, POWERgrass intends to meet is the real demand that meets more than 90% of football clubs.

It's good however to have in mind certain limitations. During the growing season, the grass of POWERgrass supports a high number of hours, without severe damages, but the playing activity should be reduced during the winter when the natural grass is dormant. During the winter POWERgrass retains heat much better, but when it freezes it is good to avoid playing on the frozen surface to prevent damage to the lawn and to preserve the health of the players, because the surface becomes slippery and hard, less compared to other systems, but despite this the natural grass can be damaged, that carries on until the recovery of the vegetation. In extreme climates is recommended to integrate a heating system in the rootzone or cover the field with a non woven geotextile during the frozen nights until late next morning, if you expect the temperature to go lower to -3°C.

Thanks to the artificial grass, the grass sods will not raise any more and the playing surface is not easily damaged.

Applying a simple but constant maintenance is easy to get a high quality standard turf throughout the year to withstand the load of the season. During the summer break, you can program a specialized maintenance and a simple re-seeding of the most frequently used areas such as the goalmouths.

The durability depends on regular maintenance of natural grass, taking care not to damage the artificial turf.

The regular and constant maintenance of natural grass provides a field with homogeneous grass coverage almost all year round. In this way, natural grass covers and protects the synthetic turf, so that it is not much exposed to sun and does not undergo the aging of the synthetic fibres from the UV rays, especially in summer when the sun is stronger and warmer.

The durability of POWERgrass is then estimated for at least 20 years of intensive use, with some precaution on maintenance operations to avoid damages to the synthetic fibres. For example it is necessary to avoid aggressive verticut with fixed or mobile blades: the intensive playing activity is a great aerator. 

Avoid also the repeated top-dressing burying the artificial fibres, because, in this way, the crowns of the grass plants are not protected. Topdressing in sand based growth mediums is normally used to level the surface and close the small divot that players form in the surface. This does not happen in PowerGrass, because we have not seen the need for top dressing.

Don't use disc seeders which can cut fibres, but those with conical pins which tend to move the fibres along with the lawn. For obvious reasons, hollow coring and slicing in depth with the spikers are not allowed to avoid damage to the artificial support. The roots of grass tend to settle in the new cut, but there is a risk of raising the sods with artificial grass.

A very beneficial operation that POWERgrass recommends is the frequent use of a roller with nails penetrating the first 30-35 mm of the surface to alleviate compaction above the backing. 

It's possible instead to use the Verti-Drain periodically with thin tines of 8 or 12 mm, to decompact the sand based growth medium and make it softer and more draining. This operation is particularly suitable when the weather is excessively rainy.

For grass mowingsurface aeration and thatch removal use professional maintenance machines, consulting POWERgrass technicians if necessary.

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