Did you ever wonder how the grass on most football pitches looks so pristine and well-kept? Is there a secret to maintaining a perfect lawn for the games? Or, perhaps, the groundskeepers just roll-out some synthetic stuff and spend the rest of their day checking out Dafabet bonuses? As it turns out, it’s a little bit of column A and column B.
The Natural Look
For the most part, and for the natural feel, the turf on football pitches is real grass, save the weeds. Mind you, the constant trotting, water retention, and the unavoidable damage sustained by the turf due to rough play and the weather would make any field of grass look miserable and/or more like a swamp than a turf. There are several things people do in order to keep the turf pristine.
First of all, there is the regular returfing. This means that the grass is replaced with new grass over and over again. In order to do this, new patches of grass have to be grown and nurtured away from the harming elements, like the weeds, certain bugs, and the climate. To completely returf an area takes less than a week, which makes it flexible and accommodating enough to prepare for the next match.
In order to keep the water from destroying the field and making matches turn into mud-baths, there is an intricate drainage system underneath the pitch, which takes care of any excess water via pipes, sand, and other methods.
Some cannot afford to get new lawns every season. Because of this, some stadiums use artificial turf. There are also hybrids, but more on that later. The main material from which the grass is made is silicon sand and rubber. They are blended and dyed green, after which the mixture is turned into long strands. These strands are then woven into something akin to yarn. Now comes the hard part.
There is a machine that tufts the yarn through the turf. Think of embroidering or sewing, but on an unbelievably large scale. The final product is then coated with latex and any strands that are a standing out are cut down to size.
There are times when stadiums combine the two in order to preserve the look and feel without replanting the grass. The artificial strands are either tufted into the sand, mixed before installation, or people just provide the artificial turf with seeds in the sand. In order to prevent players from injury, and to remedy any other concerns, there are safety standards that must be obeyed.
Which to Choose?
This has to do with the type of stadium or pitch. If one needs a pitch to practice on, there is no need to follow the strict FA guidelines – any field of grass will do. On the other hand, if we are talking about full-grown, world-class stadiums, it is a matter of finances and the availability of the materials that govern the type of grass on the pitch. Hybrids are most common, though, because they allow the natural feel without excessive grounds work.