Sports pitches in this dry spell

Maintenance of sport pitches in dry weather

Where there is no irrigation and a soil core to 150mm depth is completely dry the grass cover is under severe stress. The worst action is to cut the grass short.  If grass cover needs mowing and is untidy lift the mowing height to between 50mm and 70m. In addition, mow less frequently increasing intervals between mowing to at least two weeks.

It is futile to apply soluble fertilizers until there is adequate moisture present and finally, avoid earthquaking/groundbreaking in heavy soils –  slits will open up, levels will be impaired and grass cover there will die back.

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