Benefits of adding stabilising fibre
- Improves surface stability and performance
- Creates a “root structure” in surface
- Improves water retention in surface
- Improves impact absorption
- Improves surface energy return
How to install1. Ensure existing surface is a minimum depth of 125-150mm across the whole area using a depth probe and re-distribute existing surface where necessary.
2. Dampen surface if needed.
3. Divide the surface area into equal sections corresponding to the number of bales to be added (please contact us to find out how many fibre bales we recommend for your arena size).
4. Break up the bales in each section of the arena and level to a consistent depth. You may find it easier to break up the bales using a bale chopper or digger.
5. Once the fibre is spread evenly over the surface, soak the fibre.
6. Use a power harrow, rotovator or stone burier and set to a depth of 50–75mm to blend the fibres down in to the surface. Be very careful not to hit the arena base.
7. Compact the surface with a digger by tracking up and down.
8. Repeat steps 6-7 until the fibres are fully blended into the surface. You should not see the fibres sitting proud of the surface.
9. Roll the surface, then grade until the surface is flat and even.
10. Keep the surface damp to ensure the fibres remain well blended with the sand. If the surface dries out, the fibres may rise to the top of the surface. At this point you will need to water and re-blend the fibres back into the surface as soon as possible, as described above in steps 6-8. For general information about how to maintain your surface please refer to our surface maintenance guide.
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