Weekly Court Evaluation
- In order to properly maintain a clay court it is important to 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.
- Step number 1.Inspect the court surface for any types of algae, grass, lichens, moss or weed problems that may require physical removal or chemical treatment 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.
- If a growth appears, a surface treatment of dissolved soluble spa chlorine should be applied.
- If a sprayer is unavailable, granulated chlorine, or a pre-emergent herbicide can be applied over the areas of growth and watered in by hand.
- 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.
- Stay on top of growth problems by constant observation and preventive maintenance practices.
- Consult your local county agricultural cooperative extension agent prior to the purchase and application of any chemicals.
- Always read the entire label and follow any safety precautions prior to chemical applications.
- 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 either the Aussie Clean Sweep or 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.
- Periodic observation of the irrigation heads while the system is running is the best preventive measure to ensure thorough and even water distribution.