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Advances in Sportsturf Drainage

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  9th International Drainage Symposium held jointly with CIGR and CSBE/SCGAB Proceedings, 13-16 June 2010  IDS-CSBE-100162.(doi:10.13031/2013.32142)
Authors:   David Shelton
Keywords:   Sportsturf, Intensive land drainage, Drain today and play tomorrow, Agricultural drainage, Gravel band drainage, Sand slitting, System 25™, Lightening-drain™

Sportsmen and sportswomen the world over enjoy playing on well-drained turf. Almost all soils drain naturally but in the majority of cases natural drainage is insufficient to meet today's sporting requirements. Sportsturf drainage differs markedly from agricultural drainage; sportsturf is a permanent crop and relatively delicate and needs to be treated as such. Other differences are highlighted. The latest techniques of sportsturf drainage are explored and a comparison of cost and effectiveness of three approaches to intensive drainage systems made. The latest machinery to undertake this drainage is considered with examples of costings and the productivity improvements resulting. The approaches to research and development of both drainage systems and machinery are outlined together with the role that universities can play in commercial developments. Manufacturing techniques will be considered.

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