Reinforced and Hybrid Rootzone pitches have been developed to facilitate better quality year-round performance of pitches.

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Pitch Rootzone Performance Testing (PRP) – a Postal-Based service aims to provide key data characteristics to assist Head Groundsman in monitoring installation and ongoing management of their pitches and provides a mechanism through which roots, the rootzone and its synthetic components can be objectively measured.

The testing process has been set up around a sample collection kit which allows standardisation of results. The sampling points have been modeled around the traditional data points used for sports pitch audits, collecting wings and wear areas for a broad range of data.

The cylinders and accompanying sampling kits are sent out to the clients, who are responsible for collecting the columns from the pre-determined collection and sample points.

Pitch Rootzone Performance Testing (PRP) includes:

  • Saturated Conductivity (top 75mm for carpet pitches) OR top (175mm for hybrid pitches) (accurate representation of water movement through the upper profile)
  • Bulk Density (top 75mm for carpet pitches) OR top (175mm for hybrid pitches) (measured to provide indicative levels of particle size compaction within the profiles)
  • Porosities (top 75mm for carpet pitches) OR top (175mm for hybrid pitches) (measure of total porosity, air-filled porosity, water-filled porosity and water retention)
  • Organic Matter at 0-20mm and 20-40mm (testing at different depths can also help assess the areas in the profile where improvements are required)
  • Rootzone Depth OR Carpet Infill Depth (where applicable)
  • Synthetic Strand Cluster Count
  • Average Synthetic Strand Length
  • Average Root Depth
  • Root Mass at 0-40mm and 40-75mm with Total Root Mass

Each test is categorised into 1 to 4. These categories are established industry standard and norms and ETL data banks combined with experience.

Four Easy Steps


Complete the Contact Form below (or telephone) for ETL to arrange for your sampling kit to be sent to you, together with relevant paperwork. This will be couriered out to the client.


Upon receipt of the sampling kit, follow the sampling instructions to take sample each test correctly. Package the cylinders/samples up tightly in the same box supplied. Don’t forget the paperwork!


courier/post the samples directly back to ETL.


Test results and report will be issued when completed. Data collected on an ongoing annual basis will also be collated.

For further details please download our Pitch Rootzone Performance Leaflet

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