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The Role of water run-off on grassed sports pitches

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 […]

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A vital dimension to summer maintenance

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 […]

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Sports pitch agronomy report

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 […]

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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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