Turfgrass nutrition in winter

Many have frowned on the application of nutrition in winter – especially nitrogen.  Observing the establishment of a new golf tee that had suffered from inadequate nutrition in the autumn there was healthy and vigorous growth in the location of rabbit droppings.  The grasses sown were a bent and fescue mixture.

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Sports pitch drainage – the merits of creating a camber on the playing surface

Creating adequate surface gradient on sports pitches has been found to be vital to promote surface drainage.  However, existing built-up surroundings and reasonably level locations often make this endeavour impractical.  There are countless examples of cambering pitches in the US and there is limited adoption in some premier football clubs in the UK.  Nevertheless, this […]

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Football pitch drainage – is it an underground or surface proplem?

Water standing, causing ponds and consequent muddy conditions on pitches is a common problem on English clay loam soils. Invariably the problem arises from water not being able to penetrate the surface and undulations or lack of adequate gradient preventing any surface drainage. Before installing any form of drainage installation, the three initial most important […]

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The role of water run-off on grasses sports pitches

Gordon Jaaback This article is a follow up to the original article Restricting drainage outfall from reconstructed football pitches Abstract Rain falls invariably at a greater rate than the infiltration rate of the grassed sports pitch surface yet run-off does not commence until all abstractions (initial retention and storage) are complete. The grass species, height […]

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