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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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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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What can we learn from the rains

In the recent unprecedented period of rain there would have been notable observations. There are two main aspects to flooding: • the deluge of water that follows an indiscriminate path seeking escape. This water is the product of catchment water that accumulates over an area into a concentrated flow that eventually forces an exit route. […]

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Budgeting golf course management

In general most golf clubs simply extend the previous year’s expenditure in preparing forward annual estimates of course maintenance costs.  It is strange that in an enterprise where the income for the year can be fairly well estimated an agreed allocation towards course maintenance cannot be arrived at.  The attitude of keeping the budget as […]

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Turfgrass nutrition in winter

Many have frowned on the application of nutrition in winter – especially nitrogen.  Observing the establishment of a new golf tee that had suffered from inadequate nutrition in the autumn there was healthy and vigorous growth in the location of rabbit droppings.  The grasses sown were a bent and fescue mixture.

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Sports pitch drainage – the merits of creating a camber on the playing surface

Creating adequate surface gradient on sports pitches has been found to be vital to promote surface drainage.  However, existing built-up surroundings and reasonably level locations often make this endeavour impractical.  There are countless examples of cambering pitches in the US and there is limited adoption in some premier football clubs in the UK.  Nevertheless, this […]

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