Posted on: 31 March 2018
If you have recently been put in charge of maintaining your park's clay tennis court, you may wonder what you can do on a consistent basis to keep the surface smooth and free from cracks and holes. If so, use the following tips for performing daily tennis court maintenance on the clay tennis court.
Clean Dust and Debris off with a Drag Brush
The first thing you should do to prevent damage to the tennis court's clay surface is clean off any dust and debris. This task should be done after every match.
If dust, leaves and pine needles are allowed to remain on the surface, they can create tiny scratches and holes in the clay whenever a tennis player steps on them. Over time, this small amount of damage could form larger holes and depressions.
Debris left on the tennis court's surface could also present a safety hazard. If a person who is playing slides and falls after stepping on a leaf, they could seriously hurt themselves, especially if they are running full force.
To clean the surface, use a drag brush to pull the debris off of the court. Even if no one has played on the court on a particular day, make sure you use the brush at the end of the day to keep the debris from building up.
Water the Court Every Day It Does Not Rain
Along with keeping the tennis court free from debris, you should also water the clay on any day that it does not rain. Especially if the tennis court is exposed to full sunlight, the clay will dry out if it is not kept moist.
If the clay dries out and is not replenished on a regular basis, cracks will begin to form on the surface. As pressure is placed on the dry surface from players walking and running on it, these cracks will then start to crumble. Over time, this crumbling will form large holes in the surface.
At the end of the day after you have cleaned the court, set a sprinkler on the court to give it some water. However, do not overwater it to the point that puddles form, as excess water could also damage the surface. Performing this task at night gives the clay time to absorb the water and dry out before it is used again the next day.
Using the above tips to keep up with the daily maintenance of your park's clay tennis court can help reduce damage and cracking. However, if you find any cracks or depressions in the surface, contact a contractor who offers tennis court repair services to have them inspect the damage and discuss solutions for fixing the problems.Share