Archive | Sports Pitches

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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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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