Lawn grass tennis court establishes well after dry autumn

The court was cut into a south facing slope.  Surrounding surface drainage was achieved by incorporating shallow mowable swales with underground drainage directed to adjacent woodland.  The topsoil is a clay loam not markedly different in particle size distribution to the desired tennis court loam.  Being essentially for private use, surface drainage was considered vital and a gradient of 0.66% in the line of play and 1.25% across the line of play was created.  Within the cut to fill excavation the gradient of 0.66% is hardly discernible.  The ryegrass/strong creeping fescue has rooted well in the dry autumn and after four cuts to date has tillered well and should be ready for use in the early summer.

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