Operations to complete in April:

Harrowing – daily to remove dew and surface debris and, for presentational purposes, stripes the pitch surface.

Mowing – start reducing the height of cut to 40 mm; this allows seed and top dressing to be brushed through the sward onto the soil surface.

Aeration - Carry out one operation when conditions allow. This helps with surface water infiltration and gaseous exchange within the soil.

Disease - Check daily, keep an eye on fungal disease attack.

Goal posts – Inspect goal posts and sockets weekly to check they are safe and secure.

Line marking – over mark lines prior to match weekend.

Repairs / Divotting / Overseeding - Seed bare and worn areas caused by play/training.

Irrigation (if required).

Inspect and clean machinery after use - service and repair damaged machinery. Cleaning and basic maintenance of machinery extends its life expectancy.

Litter/debris - Inspect and remove debris daily from playing surface, litter, twigs and leaves. This can be a hazard to users especially when not removed before mowing. It is also aesthetically displeasing.

Pre-match inspections - Inspect pitch surface and line markings & check post safety.

Post-match & training works should include:

  • Replace divots.
  • Rotary Mow surface to clean up surface debris. 
  • Repair worn areas (goalmouths / linesman runs). 
  • Top dress to restore levels (localised).
  • Mow / using mower to firm up / presentation for next game.