How To Drag A Turf Field? (Explained)

Dragging a field can be a laborious and time consuming job. The process of dragging involves pulling along the turf with a heavy, weighted mesh so that all the root balls are removed from the soil and broken up. 

This helps keep your turf healthy by opening up its pores, allowing air to pass through them while at the same time creating space for new grass to grow in those open pores.

You can drag your field any day of the week but if you want it done quickly then Saturday or Sunday is best because there is less foot traffic on those days due to church services or family events such as weddings and birthday parties etc…

1) Use A Scarifier

A scarifier is a machine used to remove the top layer of turf by removing all grass, sand, and rubber pellets from the field. You can rent one from your local rental store if you don’t own one yourself. 

If you are just looking to clean up your field after games or preparing it for another season then renting may be enough, but if you need deeper cleaning or preparation then consider buying one instead of renting (this will save money over time).

2) Use A Drag Mat

The next step is to use a drag mat. These are designed for use on a wet turf and used to remove the water from the turf. They are usually made of heavy duty plastic or rubber, depending on how much weight they will have to endure. 

Drag mats can also be used when you’re dragging in grass seed or fertilizer, but they have their own seeding/fertilizing paddles that are better suited for those jobs. 

The drag mat pushes over the turf and collects any debris that might be lying in its path, so make sure it is pushed down flat before using it again (this helps ensure that you don’t miss any spots).

If you don’t have access to a drag mat, then an old piece of plywood will work just fine—it’s just not quite as convenient because it doesn’t clean up after itself!

3) Use A Rake

You can use a rake to remove sand from the surface of a turf field. You can also use your garden rake to remove sand from the infill area, which is the area where the turf is filled with sand or other materials for weight and stability.

4) Dragging After A Rain Storm

For the most part, it is best to drag your new turf field after a rain storm. By dragging the field, you will be removing excess water from the turf and lowering the moisture level in your turf.

5) Rinse Your Turf

The next step is to rinse your turf. This should be done with a hose and a power washer, if possible. If you have no access to a power washer, use a hose and spray water onto the field in order to remove dirt, debris and any other foreign objects. 

The easiest way to do this is by spraying the entire surface of the turf with one continuous stream of water as it lays flat on its back (also known as “flipping”).

You may also want to use some sort of leaf blower or broom to remove any remaining debris from underneath the turf’s blades once you’ve flipped it over especially if there were any large chunks of dirt or rocks embedded within them during installation!

6) Groom Your Turf With A Lawn Mower

You can use a push mower for small areas, or a ride-on mower with bigger ones. An advantage to using the latter is that you’ll be able to cover larger areas more quickly and efficiently.

If you’re using a leaf blower or high-powered vacuum to clean up grass clippings, it’s important that your lawnmower is in good working order so that it doesn’t clog up with debris and damage itself while running.

7) Strike Off The Indentations With A Tamping Machine

After the indentations have been tamped, you need to remove them using a tamping machine. The tamping machines are useful in compacting the sand into the turf. A good tamping machine can easily strike off any indentations and leave you with a smooth surface.

8) Rent An Aer Way Sand Injector

To rent an aerator, you’ll need to call your local farm supply store. They should be able to provide information on how to operate the machine, as well as what you’ll need in terms of safety equipment (i.e., ear protection) and supplies (i.e., bags).

Renting an aerator will cost around $150 per day or $500 per week, depending on the size of your lawn and how often it needs attention. 

The average homeowner will likely only need to rent an aerator once every 3-4 months for a few hours at a time; however if you have large fields or play frequently on your field throughout the year then renting could become less expensive than having someone else do all of this work for you!

Some benefits include:

Easier work than manual aeration since there’s no bending over required! This can also help prevent injuries from lifting heavy weights repeatedly during manual aeration sessions too 🙂

9) Vacuum Sand From The Turf With A Vacuum Cleaner For Infill Removal

Vacuum sand from the Turf with a vacuum cleaner for infill removal.

The infill should be removed regularly, before it gets wet or dirty and can start to compress into one big lump. This will also help prevent any weeds from growing through your turf field surface, as well as reduce the risk of injury to players when playing on your artificial grass sports facilities.

10) Keep The Turf Clean And Free Of Debris

Turf fields can be kept clean with a blower, rake and drag mat. Use a blower to remove sand or sawdust from a turf area after cutting the grass. 

A rake will help you remove any debris that remains in your turf after mowing or raking. Drag mats are also beneficial as they prevent excess wear on the blades of your lawnmower while you’re dragging them over your field, which in turn will help prolong its life span!


Once you understand how to drag a turf field, it becomes a very simple and quick process. You will be able to keep your equipment in great condition as well as save money on hiring someone else do this work for you. 

The most important thing is to follow these steps carefully and make sure that they are done correctly so that there will be no problems later on down the road when you need new equipment or repairs done by professionals who know exactly what they’re doing!