Irrigation design makes or breaks the season on your field.
The right irrigation design for your facility keeps your soil in optimal health, your grass green, and your field playable. Interestingly enough, the erratic weather of late is really putting irrigation systems to the test. There is an art to designing an excellent multi-use sports field, and the number one part of that plan is the irrigation system.
When choosing the correct irrigation system for your field, your system should include a design to use the least amount of water possible, which means that water efficiency must be higher than normal. We can take a lesson from some of the hottest areas of the nations. In an article published in Athletic Business, there are illustrated cases where the correct irrigation could have prevented long-term field damage.
For example, in Texas, a severe drought coupled with an extreme heat wave caused the playing surface to crack. The cracks, according to the article, measured up to 1 foot in diameter and some were reported to be three feet deep. That is a lot of damage – damage that efficient watering might have prevented. We say might have because the decision of how much to water is often left up to city magistrates, and the effect of the irrigation system is found in irrigation design. This is a clear case where the cost of saving water did not outweigh the cost of repairing the Texas fields.
One of the key points of the article is that upfront decisions of how to care for sports facilities are in order. You need water to have grass, and without grass, you don't have a field. Installing the right irrigation system can lessen the burden associated with the cost of watering, but those decisions need to be based on the situations like what happened in Texas. The cost of repair far outweighed the cost of water.
If you’re looking for guidance on irrigation design for sports facilities, contact the experts at WP Law.