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chucky
Posted 26 Dec 2008 Last edited: 26 Dec 2008
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No wonder I'm Mr Grumpy!

Just out of curiousity, does anyone have a ballpark figure for sand banding a football pitch of 112 yards by 72 yards?

I was thinking of suggesting to my club the merits of having this done maybe over a 3 to 4 year period. Obviously costs being a major factor.

Thanks folks.
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Leeboy
Posted 26 Dec 2008
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No.
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rooster69
Posted 26 Dec 2008
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depends on if you do it yourself or get contractors in, i know this because i am having done at the moment.

if you do it your self (figures based on 3 pitches 98 x 58)
as a rough guide

£2000 for blec sandmaster and tractor for week

£9000 for 290t delivered and includes quarry taxes this was for ruffords DA 30 SAND triple washed silt free sand.

we are having it done by contractors who are doing the pitches and run off's, includes the sand and its costing around £20000

i think the figure is about £1 a square metre inc sand and machine

hope this is off some help
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donals
Posted 26 Dec 2008
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What are the merits of sand banding?
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taffy
Posted 27 Dec 2008
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providing you have a good pipe drainage system underneath sand banding will improve your surface drainage by creating a secondary drainage system. The benefits of improved drainage are improved quality of pitches, increased usage and improved root growth.

It is important to maintain the pitch properly after sand bands have been installed. Regular aeration and decompaction are essential to keep the surface open as sand bands can seal over quickly. Some sand bands may need topping up in a few months after being installed if they sink.

Hope this helps

Taffy
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donals
Posted 27 Dec 2008
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Yes indeed.

So long as the medium below the four inch depth of sand banding is permeable and drains at an acceptable rate it can be a beneficial solution.

People need to understand this before using sand banding as a drainage solution.

Too many have had this done to their pitches without realising if it actually is beneficial in the first place.
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Martin Booker
Posted 3 Jan 2009
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When is the best time of year do do sandbanding, anyone ever done it during the football season?
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fidget
Posted 3 Jan 2009
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We did ours 2 weeks into the season, it looked like beach football for a couple of weeks despite drag matting it. Once it had been cut, played on and a drop of rain it started cleaning up. Worth the short term mess if it means better drainage in the long term.
I could post some photos on Monday when I'm back to work.
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Loammeister
Posted 5 Jan 2009
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Uneven bounce is not hereditary

Would be good to see those pictures fidget, you must be the most proactive parish council on the planet!

As taffy mentions it's a waste of a lot of money if you don't already have drainage in situ or if you don't plan to install it concurrently with sand banding. Water will only drain away through the sand banding to what is below, and if it is impermeable clay then the trenches will simply fill up and hey presto, same problems.

Good luck to anyone trying to do it during the playing season!
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fidget
Posted 5 Jan 2009
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Here's a picture after we tidied it up. We drag matted, blew off any excesses & finally ran over it with our major roller mower, probably not the best thing for the blades but it seemed to work and the pitch was booked for the following day.

The picture makes it look a bit better than it really was. The teams were very understanding as they knew it was in their interests.

It has definately worked but it is an ongoing process with more sand to be added over the coming years with earthquaking & vertidraining as much as possible.
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fidget
Posted 5 Jan 2009
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Personally I thought the pitches were ok before & I'm not sure why the teams weren't happy.

Seriously, my Parish Councillors have been really good but then I don't think they had much choice, as they were a joke as soon as it rained. I believe there is an article about us in the new Pitchcare magazine but I haven't seen it yet so I'm hoping it portrays us a good pro-active council.

Over the last 3 years we've put in primary drainage, bought a shockwave & now the banding. We still have issues but we are on the right track and we've been given some more money for next season to do some more sanding and sort out a couple of the more problematic areas.
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