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Square maintenance
« on: May 31, 2015, 10:15:26 PM »

Everyone at my club are volunteers when it comes to helping out on the square but we have two men that coordinate and do the bulk of the work.

There are few different opinions floating round about how to do certain things. First how do people maximise the growth of grass at the ends? How much rolling should a strip get before a game? How often should a strip get watered? Finally what's the order of work during the week prior to a game on the Saturday?

All your suggestions would be greatly appreciated and will help towards hopefully improving our square.
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Re: Square maintenance
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2015, 10:16:48 PM »

I think pictures of your square would help give people an idea with what advice to give.
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Re: Square maintenance
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2015, 10:37:50 PM »

Ok I'll get some this week and send on. The photos would only be for the ends. I would also like general advise for the best weekly preparation for a game and what steps people take. How much they water/roll etc.
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Re: Square maintenance
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2015, 05:43:34 AM »

If interested get yourself on an IOG course, foundation courses are a great place to start.  Also have look at www.pitchcare.com have monthly diary of works including pitch prep. 

Re watering this will depend as what you want to achieve is moisture to depth in order that when you roll have maximum impact.  loam in plasticine like condition. Please read cranfield report on rolling.

My pitch prep is usually 10-14 days prior to match,  thin pitch using combination of rake attachment and brush attachment on lawnman each pass with lawnman followed by wicket mower set at about 10mm until right amount of grass on pitch.  Then irrigate if required if so will put sprinkler on overnight.  Allow upto 24 hours before commencing rolling approx 30 mins at a time ideally 2 times a day until consolidation achieved (rest/drying phase in. Between important) 2 days before match cut to match height(3-5mm) brushing before several times followed by mower each time. Day before mark pitch and cut or cut on day of match again brush before cutting so grass stands upright.

Re pitch ends presume they have been seeded need soil seed contact not just left on surface once seed germinated needs to be kept moist can sheet to help but don't leave on for too long.

Hope that helps .

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Re: Square maintenance
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2015, 07:08:07 AM »

Pre germinate your grass seeds, then spread these on the ends and/or wickets post games. Saves time and you get more seed growth in a green house than on a wicket
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Re: Square maintenance
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2015, 09:05:58 AM »

First how do people maximise the growth of grass at the ends? How much rolling should a strip get before a game? How often should a strip get watered? Finally what's the order of work during the week prior to a game on the Saturday?

All your suggestions would be greatly appreciated and will help towards hopefully improving our square.

1. Germination Sheet does a good job
2. Couple of hours max, normally during the week or when the wicket is soft enough to press your thumb in and leave a mark. Most of the rolling should be pre-season. Rolling a hard wicket is pointless, that's why groundsman don't tend to roll it on match days - it should already be hard by then. Alot of them use to park the roller up by the wicket on a match day just to impress the captains!
3. Watering is a tricky one as it could depend on the soil content, water table, weather conditions. I don't think any one rule applies but once you have finished with a strip a good soak is required (unless it's already raining).
4. My old man who was a groundsman - cut and roll it on a tuesday for a couple of hours and then maybe cut it once or twice more before the weekend. I think most of his time was spent filling in footholes! Another groundsman use to cut the wicket 3 times in the week before the match, the idea being to bleach the grass and reduce the grass coverage - in turn drying the soil underneath quicker. If you have a rake/broom attachment then it's a good idea to do it prior to cutting to get as much moss/weed out of the deck as possible and make the grass stand up for cutting.
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Re: Square maintenance
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2015, 06:20:08 PM »

My pitch prep is usually 10-14 days prior to match

What would you start doing up to 10 days in advance and could you explain your routine in brief.

@ProCricketer1982 how would you pre germinate the grass seed? This has been mentioned to me before, and I was told to mix the loam and grass seed in a bucket with holes in and water it through until the water comes out the bottom and then stop. Can it still start to germinate even if its in the middle of a deep bucket or would it have to be put in a try so it has a better chance of germinating?
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Re: Square maintenance
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2015, 06:38:37 PM »

Can be done shorter but in ideal world 10-14 days as will give you leeway with weather etc. See wicket prep https://www.pitchcare.com/magazine/diary/cricket/june

I look after a square which was minor county standard and although volunteer try to do maximum that paid groundsman would do. Which means lunch is spent on ground.

As injured this weeks prep will be less than 7 days.   Pitch thinned out today with rain forecast hopefully rolling for the next few days before brush and cut and mark out pitch.
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Re: Square maintenance
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2015, 06:57:30 PM »

Do you use germination sheets? If so how long do they stay on for? Is it a matter of hours and not 24 hours?
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Re: Square maintenance
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2015, 07:35:53 PM »

Think can be left for at least 1-2 weeks. I don't have so don't use.  I use flat sheets if needed only leaving for 3 Days at a time to avoid disease. If using germination sheets may wish to remove for matches to prevent damage.
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Re: Square maintenance
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2015, 07:49:19 PM »

@uknsaunders How long would you suggest?
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Re: Square maintenance
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2015, 09:27:08 PM »

Mid summer you normally get results in a week, longer at the start of the season. Take them off between games though!
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Re: Square maintenance
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2015, 09:29:42 PM »

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Re: Square maintenance
« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2015, 09:50:09 PM »

@uknsaunders surely they can't stay on for a week as they need the sunlight etc? We have had them on for a day or so when we use them and notice a difference but we never really know the ideal time to leave them on for.

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Re: Square maintenance
« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2015, 09:53:28 PM »

Mid summer you normally get results in a week, longer at the start of the season. Take them off between games though!

I used germination sheets (of sorts) last season and loved them.  We followed the advice of the head goundsman at Wormsley and purchased a five rolls of Silage netting from our local Countrywide store, I think they were 30 each.   The roll was 25 metres in length and covered two tracks in width. I used them on the ends as Nick has stated and removed them between games or when I was preparing the square.  I found them great for bringing a used strip back to life after it had been put to bed, I would finish all my work the put the net over the wicket, pin it down and water.  It would green up in half the time.
They were also fantastic for the end of season renovations, both birds and rabbits hate them, and the re-seeded grass grew so fast the grass was at least twice as tall as the uncovered areas.  It was also really gentle on the grass, one week I couldn't make it up to the ground and the grass had grown through the netting, I was really worried that I would pull out the grass as I lifted the netting, but it was fine.
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