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 […]

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Water-logged Academy playing area re-graded to form a camber

An Academy playing area had been established on level ground and was consistently water-logged.  There was no drainage outfall and with potential for excess water run-off it was required that storm water is attenuated on site. The playing area was re-graded to form a camber running over the length of the sports pitch.  Shallow swales were created […]

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Everest Academy

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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