Sportfields Maintenance

With over 20 years of experience in this aspect of our business H.M.Price Ltd is one of the main drainage contractors in south Wales. We offer the most comprehensive drainage systems available and also a complete land drainage design service with feasibility studies undertaken.

Land drainage: An extensive range of land drainage systems can be expertly installed by our skilled operators using the most up to date machinery available causing the minimal disturbance to your playing surface. H.M.Price Ltd are able to offer a wide range of construction services. We have a considerable range of construction plant and machinery ranging from large earth moving equipment, laser guided equipment down to specialized cultivation and seeding machines. We have an experienced team of employees with many years in our industry.

A modern fleet of the most up to date tractors and specialist equipment to ensure the job in hand is undertaken smoothly and efficiently. H.M.Price Ltd can carry out any size of contract quickly and efficiently causing the minimal disturbance to our clients.

Sportsfield Construction

H.M.Price Ltd specialize in sportsfield design/construction, land drainage and ground renovations.Our experienced management, skilled workforce and specialist machinery ensure the project in hand will be completed to the highest standard, on time, and with minimal disruption to the client.Below is a list of typical sportsfield construction operations that we preform.

Fraise Mowing

When set at shallow depth for “fraise mowing” it only removes the top layer along with thatch, weeds and rogue grasses whilst leaving main root structure intact, effectively a form of mechanical weed control. This process is termed “fraise mowing” and is used to remove organic debris and shallow rooted Poa annua. This method leaves the perennial ryegrass roots & crown intact on winter sports pitches and cricket. facilities (the majority of sports turf outside of golf in the UK are predominantly perennial ryegrass). The perennial ryegrass then re-establishes with a much reduced amount of Poa and no thatch. The resulting  debris is deposited into trailers via a conveyor system. Fraize mowing is generally also considered as the easy option to remove a small amount of thatch (few mm).

Over Seeding

The slit seeders feature cutter discs that make sharp V shaped slits that protect the critical texture of the turf and leaves the microbiological life undisturbed.The depth of the incision can be adjusted from 0.5 to 2.5cm.The seed is then sown in direct contact with the soil.Precise amounts of seed are placed in the slits and the roller closes them for germination.The structure of the turf is preserved so the surface can be bought back into play immedietly.This method is simple and very effective.Our slit seeders are very manoeuvrable and offer great low ground pressure to avoid compaction.

Top Dressing

Top dressing is an important operation in the role of groundcare.Materials used for top dressing can be loam, sand, or peat depending on the chemical and physical make up of your surface.The reasons for top dressing include.

  • Create a Level Surface – If you have a surface with minor undulations and hollows, regular top dressing will gradually level the surface up by filling the hollows.
  • Improve the drainage – Top dressing can be used to improve the drainage on pitches especially after aeration has been carried out.

Verti Draining

Verti Draining breaks up soil compaction and provides desirable conditions for healthy root growth. By loosening compaction, the roots penetrate more deeply into the soil and better absorb water and nutrients.

Benefits of verti draining are:

  • Enables the absorption of water from the surface to the drainage system, preventing run-off and surface water lying in undulations
  • Facilitates quick drying of turf to extend playing time
  • Improves and maintains good soil structure
  • Improves and maintains sward density giving a better playing surface and preventing the invasion of weeds and moss etc.
  • Improves the durability of the sward and recovery from surface damage

Sportsfield Construction

H.M.Price Ltd specialize in sportsfield design/construction, land drainage and ground renovations.Our experienced management, skilled workforce and specialist machinery ensure the project in hand will be completed to the highest standard, on time, and with minimal disruption to the client.Below is a list of typical sportsfield construction operations that we preform.

  • Existing Surface / Vegetation Removal
  • Bulk Earthworks
  • Primary and Secondary Drainage
  • Supply of Screened Topsoil, Blended Rootzone, Sports Sand and Fibresand
  • Laser Levelling
  • Final Ground Preparation
  • Turfing or Seeding
  • Growing in Maintenance
  • Site Security and Fencing
  • Health and Safety Documentation