Muddy boots, balls and filthy, grass-stained kits are just the start of it - the British weather being as it is, ill-drained fields are likely to become unplayable mudbaths after just a couple of days of rainfall.

In the winter the ground may be frozen so hard the match has to be put off, while in the remaining seasons (including the wonderful British summer) frequent rainfall may make the pitch slippy and dangerous to play on, whatever sport you're taking part in.

There is, of course, also the issue of having to frequently mow the sports field. This sort of maintenance is not cheap - neither is improving drainage.

So what's the solution? One obvious answer is to replace that muddy field with synthetic grass, which can be used all year round whatever the weather. Hard-wearing and practical, Astroturf is not only user-friendly but also virtually maintenance-free and suitable for use by children and animals.

You may not know how to lay Astroturf and may well believe it is a difficult and expensive process. But this is not the case. The process is straight-forward and reasonably quick, even with the largest sports field.

Follow this brief guide and you will soon know how to lay Astroturf like an expert. First, of course, you need to remove any existing grass to a depth of about 4cm.

Then spread a 35mm layer of sharp sand on the site, compacting it until it is level. Next, install a weed membrane across the pitch to stop plant growth.

The Astroturf should be rolled so it does not form lines - stagger the edges to achieve this - and then join them together using special tape and adhesive. The edges can be pinned down for stability, before brushing to ensure a professional finish. Easy!

For more information on the types of Astroturf available, and to see how we can help you turn your muddy patch into a perfect pitch, have a look around this site. You may be pleasantly surprised at how cheap it would be to replace your mudbath with an ever-green and durable artificial pitch.