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Spring fertilisation of sports pitches

When to fertilise If scarification of annual meadow grass and over-seeding is planned it is better to delay fertilisation until the new ryegrass stand is about 30mm.  Applying nutrition earlier to the meadow grass makes it difficult to attain a strong ryegrass sward. Then there is the matter of selecting a controlled release or readably soluble […]

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GJ Drainage

The sad deterioration of a sports pitch drainage system

Monitoring an installation from the start is vital It was very sad to inspect a sports pitch complex that was installed with slit drains four years ago only to find that the whole site is a soggy mess.  Instead of a firm surface able to shed surface water the soft sponge consistency has simply become […]

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Effective sports pitch drainage

A testing time for pitch drainage systems The continuous wet weather has really tested pitch drainage systems.  Heavy clay pitches can remove surface water adequately provided slit drains remain sandy at the surface and do not get capped over with the clay topsoil – and lateral drains below are able to discharge the drainage flow […]

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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 […]

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Flooded sports pitches

Water-logged and flooded pitches Flooded and water-logged pitches appear all too readily at this time of year.  Unfortunately there is little that can be done in remedying the condition at this stage – apart from ensuring no surplus water run-off enters the pitch from adjacent ground and where possible, surplus water collecting in low areas […]

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Don’t fight the weather on sports pitches

The weather and sports pitches After a mild autumn we have still to feel the temperature falling.  The steady dampness with negligible evaporation following rainfall – however little – provides an unstable surface in areas where grass cover is lost.  Make sure there is adequate nitrogen and vigorous grass growth before soil temperatures drop – especially […]

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Ryegrass dominance is essential for playing durability on sports pitches

As we have seen, the durability of the playing surface has been severely tested at the Twickenham Rugby World Cup venue.  A strong dominant ryegrass sward with its deep root system provides a quality grass cover that is able to withstand the considerable abuse experienced in recent weeks. Without this dominance of ryegrass in the grass cover, shallow rooted invading annual meadow grass is […]

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