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Andy00
Posted 28 Aug 2012
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all the football pitches i look after have always been topdress with Layton buzzard, I have this is one of best for drainage but does kick out easier than others, i need to top up some drain lines on the pitches would it be wrong to change the sand i use as i do find the surface is prone to breaking up a bit?
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Dave
Posted 28 Aug 2012
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Andy,

I always remember Leyton Buzzard sand as being a great rounded drainage sand, which as you say gets rid of the surface water but offers little in terms of stability under foot. Great for improving a heavy pitch over time, but not so good over the top of a drain line.

It's all about balance, a more angular sand will give you better stability but less water percolation.

I'd top the drain lines up with maybe MM45 from Mansfield Sands and continue with the LB as general top dressing.
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Andy00
Posted 28 Aug 2012
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Thanks Dave
do you see any problem with changing the sand type?
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Dave
Posted 28 Aug 2012
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As I said changing the sand type will improve the stability, but reduce the infiltration rate. Use a good specified sports field sand,

I mentioned Mansfield as a company that I have used personally but any of the Industry related companies should be able to specify something suitable. You can ask them what the infiltration rates per hour are for the different grades of sand.

The trouble with drain lines/sand slits etc is that they have a habit of sinking and are also notoriously difficult to establish a good sward of grass over. This is usually because the slits drain too quickly and leach nutrient-so the grass that's there tends to stress quickly and struggles to recover.


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