Project Date: 31 December 2006
Project Status: Complete
Research Organisation: City of Boroondara
Project Number: 1069
The City of Boroondara manages numerous sports grounds which host the community's cricket and football games, as well as a variety of other sports activities throughout the year. Maintaining a healthy coverage of grass on the sports fields is critical to the success of these events as it reduces the number of on-field injuries. However, ongoing water shortages make it difficult and costly to maintain the sportsgrounds, particularly during the dry summer months.
The City of Boroondara has undertaken to adopt water-saving techniques to reduce water consumption by sportsgrounds in a cost-effective manner whilst maintaining healthy grass coverage for player safety. This particular project involved inserting Fytofoam, a foam product made from organic chemical materials, into the root zone of the grass. Fytofoam is a amino-plastic substrate material in a liquid resin form, which when injected into the grooves cut into the playing surface, expands and hardens and forms a firm light weight foam.
The purpose of this report is to review the water consumption of the ovals to date and ascertain if the Fytofoam product significantly lessens the need for irrigation thus saving water.
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