Synthetic tennis courts are an investment, and for many clubs, associations, schools, businesses and homeowners, it’s important to keep your courts healthy and looking great for playability and visual aesthetics. Maintaining the condition of your courts for your players also ensures you’re not wasting the money you originally invested in a high-quality playing court to begin with.
Without ongoing maintenance, your the synthetic surface of your tennis court can be damaged, which in turn will shorten the lifespan of the surface and may increase the costs to fix, repair or clean the court in the future.
There are some easy steps you can take when maintaining your tennis court – so here are our top synthetic tennis court maintenance tips to help you keep yours looking great and your players happy.
Clear Away Leaves and Sticks
Clear away leaves, sticks, petals, bugs and other natural materials which can land on the court. These organic materials can accumulate in corners and low spots, creating the perfect breeding space for mould and moss to grow. If left to build up, mould and moss will damage the integrity of the artificial surface over time. If you have a leaf blower this can save a lot of time and be a quick and easy way to remove unwanted debris from your tennis court. If you don’t play regularly, get in the habit of checking the court weekly or fortnightly so you can clear away debris.
Use Synthetic-Friendly Tools
Some equipment, such as rakes, and brooms, can be made from abrasive materials that could damage your court. To avoid damaging the surface only use a broom that has soft bristles or a rake with flexible soft plastic ends.
Approved Mould Treatments
It’s great practice to apply a mould treatment annually (or more often if needed) to the tennis court surface. This will kill any nasty spores and mildew build up. You can speak to the provider that built your tennis court about the best products to use for your specific court type or you could hire a specialist to come in and apply the solution for you.
Bioscapes Group can help with that. We offer mould and mildew treatment as a stand-alone service offering or as a part of our annual tennis court maintenance servicing.
Ensure There Is Good Drainage
Water sitting on your tennis court for extended periods of time could cause some turfs to bubble, warp and get mouldy. If there are any low-lying spots, make sure you remove water as soon as you can by brushing it away with a soft-bristled broom or squeegee. Bioscapes’ tennis courts are laid with water drainage in mind, which helps to expand the lifetime of your playing surface.
When planning the landscaping around your tennis court, avoid filling garden beds with mulch, small stones or dirt that can easily be blown onto the tennis court surface. Rocks and grass are more suitable as these won’t be blown onto the court but be careful to trim grass away if it creeps close to the artificial tennis court surface. Similarly, planting large trees (or trees expected to grow large) should be done with caution, as roots may grow underneath the court and cause it to crack and be unsafe to play on.
If any tears or join lines open on your court, it pays to get this looked at as soon as possible. This can ensure the repair is minimal and can be repaired quickly and cost effectively. Should tears or rips appear and get larger and more damaged, this will involve more time and money to repair.
We highly recommend you book in an annual ‘Service’ to get a check and clean from a synthetic turf professional. Synthetic courts need to be looked after with the right chemicals, tools and materials to ensure there is no further damage done and that the court will last as long as possible.
It’s inevitable that at some point, your synthetic tennis court surfaces will need to be repaired and resurfaced at some stage, regardless of how well it has been looked after. However, by setting up an ongoing maintenance regime and looking after your courts well – this will extend the life of the court and save you money in the long run.
If you’re in need of regular maintenance for your synthetic tennis court, please contact our Bioscapes Group team for a quick quote.