Improved grass cover at times of drought
Muddy football pitches are common throughout Europe during the wet winter months. In most instances, particularly in the United Kingdom, topsoils are relatively impermeable with high silt and clay content. Infiltration measurements using a double ring infiltrometer are negligible varying between 0.1 and 0.5 mm/hr after they have been subject to compaction in wet conditions […]
Attenuation of surface water flow off grass sports pitches becomes a greater concern in confined residential areas.
Sport offers so much to our youth – hence, it is sad to see the lack of essential maintenance needed on playing fields to ensure acceptable all-year-round use.
Muddy pitches soon develop where there is lack of any surface drainage – in other words the cross-gradient is too shallow.
New Sports Pitches The school moved to a new site in Cheshunt towards the end of 2010. The site was open farmland and the sports complex was to have two rugby pitches on either side of a cricket square. In addition, there was to be a hockey pitch incorporating an athletic track – and two […]
Maintaining grass in the summer is a matter of common sense – so many of the uninformed believe. It simply incorporates a combination of mowing, aerating, soil conditioning, fertilisation, top dressing, pest control and irrigation – all standard operations. However, with today’s exacting demands of grassed sporting surfaces, the planning and execution of general maintenance […]
At last the weather has changed though now into April the soil temperatures are only now rising above 10ºc. Anyway, after a wet winter and the recent dry spell there is much to be done. We have a short spell when good growing conditions with the increased warmth are still accompanied by moist soil conditions […]
There are some basic requirements in a report that seeks approval in applications for funding : 1. The standard and intensity of use envisaged 2. The level of drainage eg drain immediately, 24hours, a few days 3. Topographical survey at least to 100mm contours 4. Soil survey of top 1m – for earthworks and drainage planning 5. Drainage strategy […]
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 […]