The process of keeping a sports pitch maintained to a high standard is quite a challenge. There are many different steps that need to be taken throughout the course of the season. Let’s take a look at a few of the major points of maintaining a great looking pitch:
Good mowing practices
It benefits to cut the pitch throughout the season. The preferred length of the grass is determined by the weather and the season. An ideal length for the warm months is in the region of 1 or 2 inches, while the height can be left longer in the cold months. A length of 2 or 3 inches is accepted at this time.
Use the right maintenance operations
There are a variety of maintenance operations that can benefit the all-round condition of the pitch. They can include brushing, verti-draining, rolling, slit-tining and harrowing. However, it is essential that only the most appropriate maintenance operations are carried out to match the specific needs of the pitch. It is very easy to cause more harm than good if the wrong operation is completed at the wrong time.
Proper weed control
A regular application of herbicides to the pitch is very important to stop the unwanted growth of weeds. Also, it is essential to use the right type of chemical to kill off the weeds and not impact the healthy grass.
The proper fertilisation can go a long way to help improve the condition of the sports pitch. A few of the most common choices include phosphorus, potassium and nitrogen. But, it is necessary to be careful when applying a fertiliser. Applying too much is likely to have a negative impact on the condition of the pitch. It is possible to use core sampling to help in the process of determining the most appropriate fertiliser to use.
Use the right machinery
Investing in the right machinery to maintain a pitch is likely to be quite expensive, especially if it is necessary to invest in a slit-tiner or mini tractor. Also, the size of the grounds and club will have an influence on the machinery needed. However, there are a few other options for those not in a position to buy the machinery outright. One option is to hire the machinery for the specific maintenance days. Also, there is the option to hire a specialist contractor to take on full responsibility of maintaining the pitch.