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Plowing artificial turf. OMG

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by jeepherder, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. jeepherder

    jeepherder Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    We are a school district at high altitude installing an artificial turf field for football.
    Any thoughts on snow removal? We are going to have to do a huge amount of this.
    I'm intrested in as many ideas as possible.
  2. sparky8370

    sparky8370 Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    You could tarp it before it snows, I believe that's what the sox do. And then they sprinkle black dirt on it so it attracts the sun and melts the snow.
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609


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  4. metallihockey88

    metallihockey88 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,414

    i would think a plow with a rubber edge would do fine. maybe a 7.5 to keep the weight pressing down to a minimum also.
  5. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    what about a sweeperbroom on loader?
  6. keitha

    keitha Senior Member
    Messages: 133

    What does the manufacturer say, esp. regards to warranty?

  7. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    BINGO ..... BEFORE you buy this need product have them put into the contract how to clear it of snow and that it will be fully 100% warrantied.
  8. jeepherder

    jeepherder Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Thanks for the ideas!
    The manufacturers say dont put anything heavier than a pickup on it.
    We use PVC pipe with a kerf ripped in it lengthwise to snap onto our blades to protect our natural field now. The pvc gets brittle and doesnt last very long. The new turf is set to be installed this summer and its way expensive to repair.
    The problem is, we get a Lot of snow and its going to be tuff to pay for the man hours to plow every 2-3 inches. Im worried about tires ripping it up with deeper snow.
    Thanks for the replies.
  9. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    A blower on a tractor.
  10. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I like hydros idea, just put a rubber edge on the blower, and keep the tractor as small as possible.
  11. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Heat the turf w hot water pipes from underneath and have good drainage.
  12. MattyK

    MattyK Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 105

    a teacher i know who just moved to jackson hole in wyoming said that their school uses tractor mounted snowblowers.
  13. fordzilla1155

    fordzilla1155 Senior Member
    Messages: 127

    200 mexicans with brooms
  14. keitha

    keitha Senior Member
    Messages: 133

    Ah turf, gotta have it to keep up with the joneses.
    Until it comes time to "pay" the piper.
    Good luck explaining all the EXTRAS to your board.
  15. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    If this turf isnt installd yet heat it with water from underneath inital investment will be alittle higher but will save u in the long run.
  16. IMAGE

    IMAGE Sponsor
    Messages: 1,747

    Nice town. I like going there :salute:

    I would also talk to the installer, and find out what method you can use that they will warrenty, and get it in writing.
  17. pelt35

    pelt35 Senior Member
    Messages: 131

    artificial turf

    solar heat and wind turbine to pump the hot water thru system, Football season must end around Dec.? Then shut it down. Talk to the folks at Lambeau Field, Green Bay. They heat the whole field during season.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2009