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The drought in the south east continues

The suffering of winter sports pitches With minimal rain since completing spring renovation, winter sports pitches will no doubt be suffering and struggling to maintain growth without irrigation.  Nothing can be done – increasing aeration will contribute to further water loss. If renovation was done properly and in good time, new ryegrass seedlings will hold […]

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Sports pitches in this dry spell

Maintenance of sport pitches in dry weather Where there is no irrigation and a soil core to 150mm depth is completely dry the grass cover is under severe stress. The worst action is to cut the grass short.  If grass cover needs mowing and is untidy lift the mowing height to between 50mm and 70m. […]

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Spring fertilisation of sports pitches

If renovation incorporating over-seeding is planned it becomes logical to apply fertiliser to the benefit of the newly seeded species and not the remaining annual meadow grass.  Once the pitch is scarified/fraise mown nutrition is best given only once the ryegrass is well germinated.  In view of changing weather conditions – especially if irrigation is […]

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Tearing of grass turf on grassed sports pitches

In recent weeks it has been evident that the grass turf has lifted significantly on grass pitches following heavy use – especially on rugby pitches after scrumming.  With the increased use of sand based pitches to meet drainage requirements there is a vital need to create deep-rooted ryegrass cover during the summer months before the […]

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