Upcoming Projects
In August Tom Worthington, the contractor who installed the court, will come down to repair an irrigation pipe that isn't working properly.  This will be covered by his warrenty.  At the same time we will scarify the back court and disinfect the algae areas with a chlorine solutions.  We will then replace all dead clay with new clay, level, water and roll the court.  This entire process should take about a week.  Following this we will install the above ground sprinkler heads to complete the court irrigations.

Weekly and Monthly

DAILY MAINTENANCE
     Watering shcedule:
        Zone 1 & 2 (Below ground system) 20 minutes at mid-day. Play can continue while being watered.
        Zone 3 (Above ground sprinklers) 10 minutes at 7:30 in the evening.

     A. MORNING

       1.Inspect and repair any surface damage. If baseline areas require divot repair, lute and re-dress as
          necessary.
       2.Remove any weed growth problems or foreign debris from the surface.
       3.Inspect tapes and nails for lifting or shifting.
       4.Groom the surface with a Drag Brush. Make wide turns with the
         drag brush to avoid accumulation of Har-Tru material.
       5.Sweep the line tapes. Ensure that the line tape area beneath the net line has been swept. The Line
          Scrub may be required to remove any surface material that adheres to the line tape.
       6.Roll the surface if necessary. Avoid twisting and turning motions that cause surface damage. As the
          frequency of rolling is increased, the following results are achieved to a greater extent up to a point
          of diminishing return:
            1.Moisture is retained in the surface profile for a longer period of time.
            2.The surface becomes firmer and faster.
            3.The rate at which "dead material" accumulates decreases.
            4.The potential for surface erosion decreases.
       7.Sweep the line tapes after the surface has been rolled for a cleaner looking line (optional).
       8.Ensure that the net and center strap are set correctly.
       9.Clean off benches that are on or near the tennis court. If these items are
          kept on the court during the season, move them and groom the surface below on a regular basis.
      10.Wash out the Tennie Two-Step on daily basis if possible.
      11.Inspect windscreens.
      12.Ensure that the Line Sweeper, Scarifiers and Drag Brush are stored properly and do not
          pose a hazard to players.

     B. MID-DAY
     The main objective of mid-day maintenance is to ensure the tennis courts look and play as well in the late
     afternoon as they do in the morning. How this objective is accomplished depends on the following factors:

       1.The time available for completion.
       2.The existing and forecast weather conditions; temperature, cloud cover and relative humidity.
       3.The amount of moisture in the surface profile.
       4.The existing court conditions given the amount of play that morning.
       5.The forecast reservation hours for the remainder of the day.

     Those with experience understand how tennis playing conditions could be adversely affected if the
     requirements for quality control are not met during a maintenance period on a hot afternoon. Always
     forecast and schedule (in advance) adequate time for proper maintenance given existing conditions.

     The ideal situation would be for maintenance time to be such that the courts could be brushed, the lines
     swept and the surface watered properly, leaving time available for any surface water to drain before the
     courts re-open for play. The moisture level in the court profile should remain adequate until the next
     maintenance period.

     C. EVENING
     The main objectives of evening maintenance are adequate brushing and thorough watering to ensure
     quality playing conditions for the following day.

       1.Brush in alternate directions if possible, particularly around the baseline area, to smooth the surface
          prior to watering. Alternate the direction of brushing on a nightly basis.
       2.Water the court in a cycling method to accomplish a uniform and thorough watering during the
          course of an evening with as little run-off of water as possible. The proper timing of watering cycles
          is best determined by observation. The ideal situation would be for the court profile to retain
          adequate moisture until the next maintenance period.
 
 

     7.0 WEEKLY COURT EVALUATION

       1.Inspect surface material for any build-up that needs to be removed; particularly along the net-line. A
          Lute/Scarifier, scoop shovel and a wheelbarrow may be required.
       2.Inspect the court surface for any types of algae, grass, lichens, moss or weed problems that may
          require physical removal or chemical treatment. Total algae control is best achieved by the following
          guidelines A through G:
          A. Agitate all low play areas of the tennis court periodically with the Proline Steel Drag Mat, a
          Lute/Scarifier or the Lee Tow Scarifier. Do not pull these tools over the line tapes.
          B. If a growth appears, a surface treatment of dissolved soluble spa chlorine (Di-Cloro-S) should
          be applied. A solution of one cup of spa chlorine mixed with forty gallons of potable water should
          be prepared. Wait five to ten minutes, then re-mix the solution. This solution should be sprayed on a
          dry court, and the growth area should be sprayed heavily. Spray four to eight feet beyond any
          visible growth.
          C. If a sprayer is unavailable, granulated chlorine, or a pre-emergent herbicide (Treflan) can be
          applied over the areas of growth and watered in by hand.
          D. Allow 24 hours for the chlorine to kill the growth problem. Follow up by scraping the dead
          growth off the court and disposing of the growth properly.
          E. Stay on top of growth problems by constant observation and preventive maintenance practices.
          F. Consult your local county agricultural cooperative extension agent prior to the purchase and
          application of any chemicals.
        3.Periodic leveling/smoothing of the court surface may be required, particularly in areas of heavy play.
          The Lee Proline Drag Mat is designed to deliver a super leveling effect when used in conjunction
          with the Proline Drag Brush. The best time of day for smoothing
          the surface is during the afternoon. Do not pull the drag mat over the line tapes.
       4.Periodic observation of the irrigation heads while the system is running is the best preventive
          measure to ensure thorough and even water distribution.

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