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What is sand channel drainage?


more than great drainage

  • Managers of slowly-draining native soil athletic fields
  • Field owners who don't want expensive synthetic turf
  • Field managers who can't install a new sand-based field
  • Sportsturf managers tired of muddy and puddling fields
  • Football field managers with compaction & poor turf conditions

Who should use sand slit drainage?

Improved drainage is only part of the story. Sand Channel drainage delivers a host of related benefits, including:

  • Healthier turf
  • Safer playing surfaces
  • Reduced liability exposure
  • Better maintenance conditions
  • Increased utilization of facilities

Sand Channel Drainage is a method of cutting narrow channels or 'grooves' and filling them with drainage sand. These slits are cut to various depths and back-filled. Sand Channel Drainage has great benefits in reducing surface water between slit drains. It also re-opens ( if present) existing drainage systems, connecting with the surface.


Sand Channel drainage sets a new standard for sub-surface drainage systems. Uniquely adapted to sports fields and golf courses, Sand Channel drainage uses a network of channels to collect surface water and carry it away.


The key to the system's effectiveness is the "intensity" of the network - the closeness of the channels that make up the network grid. Typical spacing between sand channels is just ten inches (10"). This means that surface water is never more than eight inches (8") from a drainage channel!

Sand Channel drainage is uniquely designed for installation on existing fields. Because the channels are only 9 inches deep, they will not interfere with properly installed irrigation lines.


This means the benefits of sand channel drainage are available as a stand-alone improvement, potentially eliminating the need for costlier and more time-consuming renovation efforts.

A dramatic upgrade

Van's Enterprises travels throughout the Midwest improving slow-draining sports fields.  States we service include:

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Iowa

  • Michigan

  • Wisconsin

Where does van's install sand channel drainage?