Obviously, the best way to keep snow off a field is to keep it covered, but there is always a risk that the tarp will freeze to the surface, making it difficult to remove. If snow needs to be cleared, special guidelines must be considered to protect your turf:
- Small amounts of snow can be left to melt and drain, but field use demands may eliminate that option.
- Snow removal should be performed as close as possible to game time.
- A variety of blower and plow options are designed to protect synthetic turf.
- Plow blades can be retrofitted with rubber or plastic edges to protect turf fibers, and plow height should be adjusted to leave at least a half-inch of snow on the surface (which can be removed with a rotary brush or allowed to melt).
- Only vehicles with pneumatic tires should be used, never chains or studded tires.
- Ice-melting agents can damage the surface, but urea can be effective as a broadcast application – but the area must then be rinsed thoroughly after a urea application.