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field drainage.

Discussion in 'Sports Field Maintenance' started by lawn king, Feb 8, 2006.

  1. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,660

    Has anyone resolved drainage problems through deep tine solid spoon aeration, earth drilling machines or pto deep gravel injection?
  2. OP
    lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,660

    We have subcontracted a company (earthworks) to vertidrain 150000 sq. ft. of athletic feilds for us. We hope this will punch through the clay and solve this ongoing drainage problem!
  3. Trim Creations

    Trim Creations LawnSite Member
    from Ks
    Messages: 87

    I am not sure I have even heard of verda drain Is there a web site to look it up.
  4. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,508

    vertidarain is like taking an aerator and punching a hole in to the ground without removing the plug. It is the reverse action pushing into the ground. When I was the assistant at the course we did this early spring late winter then did aeration overseed topdress in the fall. What are you trying to drain the new pipe systems are great we have a 70 acer farm and we have done wonders with all the run off. Renting a mini x is cheap also.
  5. Trim Creations

    Trim Creations LawnSite Member
    from Ks
    Messages: 87

    Thanks For the info
  6. dcgreenspro

    dcgreenspro LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 684

    vertidrains are very strong and durable machines. used one on a golf course built on rock. the vertidrain has almost foot long solid tines and when they are at full depth in the ground they kick(mounted on springs at the top of the arm) shattering soil structure. it would eithier do one of three things when hitting the rock: break it, pull it out of the ground or raise the whole machine up.
  7. OP
    lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,660

    Its a done deal! That verti drain machine is way cool. This was the 8000 lb implement, they tell me there are only 3 this size in the united states & they own 2. Talk about deep aeration!
  8. Athletic field

    Athletic field LawnSite Member
    Messages: 152

    Verti drain and other deep tine machines really help water infiltration, which in turn creates a drier surface (your purpose for doing it). It doesn't always help "drainage". Where does the water go when it reaches the bottom of the 10 to 12 inch hole? That soil may or may not "drain" water any better compared to the soil conditions at the surface. If it helped drainage, your drain pipes should have more water in them. In real life increased drainage would happen if the vertidrain hole reached a more permeable soil layer or reached the gravel layer of your drainage system, if you have one. My point is, The verti drain relieves compaction, and increases water infiltration. Does it help internal water "drainage", possible. The term drainage is used loosely.

    I would look at the crown and surrounding slope to help with surface drainage.

    Deep tine machines are way cool!
  9. rmo350

    rmo350 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    We just purchased a verti drain and it is a remarkable machine!
  10. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Platinum Member
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