After the pitch has been laid it will be beneficial to carry out occasional rolling, with a light roller, in order to settle the shockpad into the base and also further consolidate the aggregate. During this work, wrinkles may appear in the artificial at the end of the pitch. If this happens, the nails around the offending area need removing, the wrinkles pulled out, and the nails fixed again.
Your pitch should be allowed to settle for a few weeks after laying. However, if a reasonable amount of consolidation was achieved during installation it may be possible to play on the pitch immediately, much depends on climatic conditions and the condition of the aggregate on delivery. Ball bounce will be lower until maximum consolidation of the base material is achieved. Some inconsistencies may be experienced whilst this settlement takes place.
Routine Maintenance - During Season
- Re-mark the creases as and when they fade.
- Occasional light rolling (20 minutes roll for every 20 hours use). The wicket should be moist when rolling.
- Water stump holes when dry (if they are used).
- Remove debris from pitch as and when it is seen.
- Keep edge of wicket cut with a cylinder mower to assist surrounding ground to ‘marry’ in to artificial wicket.
Routine Maintenance - Pre Season
- Clean the surface with a brush or power washer to remove debris, moss and algae.
- Roll the wicket with a light roller. This will reconsolidate any ‘heave’ that has happened over the winter months due to frost.
- Sand dress bowlers delivery areas with kiln dried sand to improve wear tolerance.
Any further maintenance should seek professional advice.