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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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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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Beware of aerating in wet soils

Opening wet soil during the winter months can prove damaging – especially in loam and clay soils.  With little infiltration, water collects and makes soil conditions wetter.  Whether verti-draining, earthquaking or solid tining, reservoirs for water collection are being created.  To have any benefit on heavy soils severe aeration should be undertaken in relatively dry soil […]

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Restrict water run-off on to your sports pitch

Prevention of water-logged pitches After the recent persistent rains it should be apparent if water run-off from higher ground is entering the pitch.  Wherever possible run-off water should be diverted away to a safe location.  This could be an adjacent wood, a wetland , stream or natural water course.  Much will depend on the magnitude […]

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Learn from the first rain

Recent heavy rain should highlight wet areas and especially places that collect surface water from surrounding ground. Now, before the rainy season sets in it is prudent to check where surface water can be checked and diverted if possible.  Making sure that pitches only have to cope with the rainfall they receive solves more than […]

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Check nitrogen levels on ryegrass sports pitches

At this time of year after a relatively dry summer, red thread fungus disease is very prevalent on ryegrass dominant sports pitches. Grass cover lacking nitrogen is readily infested with the disease and applications of nitrogen dominant fertilizer are now essential to grow out the disease.  There are still at least two months of actively […]

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