Operations to complete in March:

Harrowing – daily to remove dew and surface debris and, for presentational purposes, stripes the pitch surface. Harrow twice, at right angles, as early as possible after pitch has been used.

Mowing – As the air and ground temperatures increase, grass will begin to grow again. Maintain a cut height of 75 mm

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.

Fertiliser Application - if grass shows signs of stress (weak growth, discoloured). It is good to use a fertiliser containing Nitrogen and Potassium which strengthens roots and encourages vegetative growth. The application should be prior to rainfall (not during as the grass may burn).

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

Line marking – over mark lines prior to match weekend.

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. 

Soil tests – send samples away to an approved laboratory for annual nutrient analysis. This will help with the choice of fertiliser for the upcoming year.

Plan end of season remedial works. Order materials – Grass seed (Perennial ryegrass – 3-4 cultivars), topdressing (medium sports sand) to redress surface levels. Ensure that all materials are delivered before/by the last match of the season. Make sure that you have booked any specialist contractors that are required for upcoming remedial works.