ARC Ground Care


      We are delighted to reveal our two new pieces of specialist drainage equipment.


      The first is a Koro Top Drain, pictured below, which is a unique multifunctional machine that trenches, removes spoil, injects sand and re-compacts all in one operation. Designed for sports fields and golf course fairways, the Top Drain benefits include: material and labour savings, faster processing times and less surface contamination than conventional methods. The sand grid created by the Top Drain complements your existing drainage system. 


      The second key piece of our drainage kit is a Mastenbroek 10/12D Sportsfield drainage trencher, which is purpose built for installing primary drainage into golf course fairways, all types of sports turf and amenity areas. The trencher lays drainage pipe into a precision cut laser graded trench and simultaneously installs the permeable backfill material to a controlled depth. All excavated material is removed via a conveyor to produce a clean-cut trench with no contamination of the turf. Operating on low ground pressure sports turf tracks, the trencher causes the minimum of disruption enabling play to resume immediately. 


      Drainage is an invisible but integral part of agriculture or sports pitches as a successful drainage system will prevent waterlogging and associated damage, however the importance of this is often overlooked or underestimated.

      Properly designed and installed drainage has been proven to make a substantial difference to yield in farming, with drainage systems being around as long as agriculture itself.

      A well-designed land drainage system is essential when constructing a sports pitch.  Without a specialist system to remove surface water the pitch can become waterlogged and rapidly unplayable.  Surface compaction, a natural side effect of play, causes inefficient water dispersal and can compound the problem. We improve soil structure and sward quality to ensure playing surface durability, with a drainage programme to decompact the soil and eliminate waterlogging. An essential part of this programme is deep tine aeration and verti-draining, both of which slice into compacted pitches. This prevents turf damage and potentially the financial impact of missed games.

      On-going maintenance is much more straight forward on an efficiently draining pitch.

      Land Drainage

      ARC Ground Care provide field drainage and pipeline reinstatement. Agricultural drainage is a speciality due to our farming origins, however we also offer pipeline installation for construction and utility firms.

      We have recently been working for a solar panel company installing the cabling to connect field based solar panels to the National Grid.

      We have trenchers with laser guidance and are constantly investing in the latest equipment to ensure we maintain our standards. We offer site visits and a design service for any drainage project.

      We are members of the Land Drainage Contractors Association and attend their courses to keep up to date on the latest industry developments.

      Sports Pitch Drainage

      Pitches built on UK soils require primary land drainage and secondary systems are likely to be a requisite when the playing surface is to be used all year. Playing on waterlogged turf is difficult and the result of this is grass will be damaged.

      Not installing an adequate drainage system can lead to cancellation of sporting fixtures and resulting financial losses. An efficient drainage system maintains grass sward quality, improves soil structure and keeps your playing surface at its best.

      We will advise on a suitable solution for your surface, based on the soil type, your pitch requirements and the surrounding environment. We are equipped to offer repairs to existing drainage systems, provide end of season installations or design and construct a comprehensive drainage solution for a new playing surface.

      We possess a range of drainage plant and machinery and have expertise in trenching, pipe installation, verti-draining and lateral drainage.

      We offer the following drainage services:

      Primary Sports Pitch Drainage

      A typical primary drainage system consists of a network of lateral drains which carry water to a main carrier drain and away from the pitch.

      They can be installed on an existing pitch out of season, causing little disruption to the playing schedule and minimal damage to the playing field. Once a pitch becomes waterlogged in winter it can take months before it is playable again.

      We use trenchers to excavate 25 - 160 mm wide trenches. The trencher collects the spoil, lays the pipeline and tops the trench up with gravel. If required we can lay drains with specific falls, by using a laser which is attached to the trencher.


      Secondary Sports Pitch Drainage

      Often primary drainage systems are insufficient to disperse all surface water and we recommend secondary surface drainage also be installed. We install this over the top of the primary drainage system. Aiding removal of the surface water, carrying it down to the primary drains and away.

      Secondary drainage consists of sand slitting or banding and is carried out using specialist machinery with low ground pressure tyres to protect the existing playing surface.

      An efficient drainage system will enhance the life and quality of your playing surface - providing it is subject to a regular maintenance programme. It is far more cost effective than dealing with water logging and soil compaction once they are established.

      We are experienced in draining through existing pitches and endeavour to prevent contamination of the surface with soil or backfill gravel or sand.

      Sand Slitting / Banding

      Sand slitting or sand banding are both secondary drainage methods.

      Sand slitting is achieved with the use of specialist trenchers, which insert slits or trenches into the soil. They can be 50 - 75 mm wide and from 200 to 300 mm deep and will be back filled with gravel and then sand or Rootzone.

      Sand banding is a similar process carried out with a specialist disc trencher, which excavates trenches and removes the soil from the pitch. The trenches are usually 50 mm wide and up to 400 mm deep. The trenches can be inserted at varying widths, dependent on the type of soil and the nature and use of the pitch. The trenches are topped up with gravel and then sand in most cases and the materials are compressed to prevent surface settlement.

      The result of this is to enable rapid dispersal of surface water into the existing drainage network with minimal cost and as little disturbance to the soil as possible. The playing field can be used almost immediately the procedure is completed.

      Gravel Band Drainage

      Another form of secondary drainage is performed with a gravel band drainer. The gravel band drainer cuts a channel in the turf 100 to 350 mm deep, 25 mm wide. This channel can be filled with a variety of back fill material, via a hydraulic vibrating gravel box, and then a wheel is rolled over the surface to compress the fill and leave the turf flat. The channels link into the primary drainage system enabling efficient water disposal.

      We use a Shelton Gravel Band Drainer and use it to backfill with gravel or in some cases Lytag which is a very efficient hydro-conductor. Where conditions allow, surfaces are playable within hours from the gravel bands being installed.

      Mole Ploughing

      The mole plough is originally an agricultural tool, which is mounted on a tractor and used for cultivating soil. In sports pitches it is used as a method of installing water pipes without trenches and with minimum disturbance to the playing surface.  Alternatively, it can be used solely to break up impenetrable soil and aid drainage.

      The mole plough is a deep cutting plough with a wedge-shaped tip and a narrow shaft, which leaves a channel deep underground. They are equipped with a rear roller to leave a smooth finish and a single front coulter to minimise turf damage.