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Turfcare and Hire has been constructing ovals since 2000, in this time we have constructed many cricket and football ovals, soccer pitches and school ovals. Oval construction is comprehensive task that involves many processes. At Turfcare and Hire, we can handle the entire oval construction or renovation, from preliminary work to earthmoving and turf laying.

The process of oval construction requires a multi-faceted, tailored approach but can be broken up into stages. The first step involves removing the existing surface, shaping the soil base and installing irrigation and drainage. Followed by cartage of specified soil and laser levelling to get a perfectly flat surface, once the surface is prepared we are finally able to plant using either instant turf, seed or spriggs. The ground is then rolled and fertilised, with the site cleaned and ready for maintenance to begin.

Oval construction generally takes around 10 weeks from turning the first sod to laying the turf, and the new oval will be green and ready for use within a few months.

Preliminary works

After assessing the site, our experienced team prepares the site for oval construction. The process starts by removing existing infrastructure such as fencing, existing irrigation, goal posts & sleeves anything that is not required during this process, temporary fencing can then be installed to secure the site.

Earthworks

With top-quality machinery including box rakes, power harrows, bobcats, excavators and graders, we can perform all earthworks throughout the project, including:

  • wicket removal – either concrete or turf
  • removing the existing base and bringing in the required sand to form and consolidate the oval
  • consolidating embankments and subgrade
  • preparing subgrade, drains and open drains
  • disposing surplus soil off site
  • filling and final grading including reinstating all disturbed areas as per specifications

Irrigation and drainage

Turfcare and Hire works with the oval design specifications for irrigation and drainage. We have extensive experience and knowledge in the construction of lateral drains, collector drains, concrete spoon & swale drains and concrete perimeter drains. We are able to build drainage to meet project requirements and design, ensuring your oval thrives.

Grassing of oval

We bring in new soil to suit the specifications set by the engineers for each oval renovation or wicket reconstruction project. This soil is chosen based on pH levels and mineral compositions to suit the location and uses required for the oval.

Our team then laser levels the new oval surface in preparation for seed, turf spriggs or laying of turf. This is a specific process, where lasers are fitted to the machinery that then smooths the soil on the oval until the entire surface meets the appropriate level.  Laser levelling ensures the surface levels conform to the specifications and complements the surface shape of the oval.

Complete oval renovation

At Turfcare and Hire we have cutting-edge machinery, including the industry-leading Toro ProCore® and Toro Multi Pro® to make this often tricky process simple and cost-effective.

We also provide watering and turf maintenance, including mowing, fertilising, herbicide and pesticide treatments and top-dressing using the specified sand. We are also able to aerate the surface, vacuum and scarify and oversow using specified seed.

Turfcare and Hire has completed projects for schools and municipal councils, including the Howard Harmer Oval renovation in Barwon Heads and Grenville Oval construction in Torquay.

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