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Court Growth

 

Many types of vegetation can grow on tennis courts

 

A synthetic grass court overgrown with moss and algae

 A synthetic grass court overgrown with moss and algae

 

Nature taking over a red porous court

 Nature taking over a red porous court

 

An acrylic hardcourt covered with lichens

 

A neglected granitic sand court

 A neglected granitic sand court

 

Almost too late for this tennis court

 Almost too late for this tennis court

 

Court Growth Type List

 

Star weeds

Star weeds grow in clusters sometimes
up to hundreds thick. They are hard to
get rid of once established.

Aussie weeds

We call these grass like weeds Aussies
because they are green and gold. They
can take over a whole court or just
sections of it.

Red algae
Red or orange algae is normally seen
growing along white lines. It appears to
like a combination of reflected sunlight
and moisture.   
Algae blisters

Algae blisters grow in clusters on synthetic
grass and have the appearance of sultanas.
They can grow in the sand base or above
the court surface.

Slime mould
Slime mould in synthetic grass has the
appearance of black oil. It is thick
like treacle but can be treated with
chemicals.         
Moss spores
Moss spores can make a court look brown
as spores grow above the parent plant.
The parent plant dies and the spores
grow in clusters the next season.
Jelly algae
Jelly algae seen here on synthetic grass.
Very rare but a strange species and
probably the most slippery.
Lichen
A fleshy green lichen cluster shown on a
red porous court. These grow down into
the court surface and can damage the
court.
Green slime
Green slime, needs very wet conditions
to grow

Common moss seen on most tennis courts
during winter

Fungi growing in synthetic grass
Common moss

Crusted scale algae, the hardest to remove

Black skin algae

Bacteria attracted to light reflection from
lines.

       

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