Algae – What to do?

//Algae – What to do?

Algae – What to do?

Algae is a big problem for some HarTru or HydroCourt type tennis courts, especially in the spring.  There are a number of reasons for the growth of algae or moss but the primary reason is a lack of play and maintenance.  Algae survives in circumstances where the court surface isn’t disturbed.  Both the action of play and the process of dragging and rolling the courts will do wonders in keeping algae or vegetation growth at bay.  However, for many clay court facilities, especially above the latitude of 34 degrees North, tennis courts may sit idle from late November to early or mid March.  This lack of surface agitation,  slow drying moisture and winter shade causes havoc and a perfect situation for algae and moss to grow.  What do you do?

You can use simple solutions such as 1 part bleach and 10 parts water but that is really not good for the environment.  You can also pick up algaecides at your neighborhood Home Depot or Lowes.  But if you are like some people and don’t want to spray chemicals on your tennis court the quickest thing you can do is use your scarifier or steel rake to scrape and disturb the surface.  Worst case is you use a flat shovel to remove the worst areas.  Keep in mind that the algae is really at a superficial depth.  You do not have to remove even a 1/4″ of the surface.  You just want to skim the surface, scarify the surface and dislodge the algae from its base.

For HydroCourt owners the smart thing to do is add chlorine tablets to each of your boxes.  These can also be purchased at your neighborhood HomeDepot or Lowes.  Simply open the control valve box and drop in a table.

Here are some links to equipment we sell that will help you do this job.





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The Whalen Company has a long history of building tennis courts for people that love and care about tennis. We pride ourselves in being able to understand the needs and visions of our customers. The Whalen Company was established by Joe Whalen in 1957 in Jacksonville, Fl which will make the year 2018 our 61st year in business. Joe had spent his entire life, to that point, as a tennis player, tennis pro and tennis promoter. Presently owned, since 1978, by Gary D. Whalen, The Whalen Company has never wavered from its tradition of building the best tennis courts possible. At no time, has the company strived to be the biggest or largest tennis court construction company. We have always kept our focus keenly on, being the best tennis court construction company. Even though product share has never entered into our vision, product quality has never left our sight. If you search through the history of nationally ranked tennis facilities you will find names such as: Amelia Island Plantation, Sawgrass Country Club, Sea Pines Country Club, The Ponte Vedra Club – all built by The Whalen Company and all, at one time or the other, ranked in the Top 10 of national tennis facilities. “We Court the South” is our motto and it has been well earned.

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