Dealing with flooded sports pitches

Maintenance for severely flooded pitches

With the abnormal rain over recent weeks there are a number of facilities that have been severely flooded.  As the flood abates the main concern is the accumulation of silt.  Any attempt to remove it when it is still wet and the ground is soft could lead to greater problems.

Once soil conditions are firm cautious grading with a skilled operator is the only way to overcome this setback. Where possible surplus silt should be removed down to the existing grassed surface with the minimum damage to the grass cover.  If scarifying and over-seeding is necessary this should be deferred until temperatures rise and there is active growth.

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