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April Aspirations

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April Aspirations

Update from Paul Tatton (Chairman of the Lancashire Groundsman's Association) about April advice on cricket ground maintenance.

  1. Continue pre-season rolling gradually increasing weight when conditions allow, finishing stump to stump.
  2. Check scoreboards (numerals), covers, stumps and bails, fielding discs (5 yard spacing!), bowling markers and sawdust are all ready for use.
  3. Good time to shockwave/earthquake/verti-drain outfields when conditions are favourable. This will also help to reduce moss uptake.
  4.  Better temperatures this month will provide an opportunity to re-seed unsuccessful areas (popping creases from Autumn).
  5. Try to encourage coaches/managers/captains to educate players of all ages to use bowling markers to save unsightly and unnecessary ripping up of outfields. Similarly with popping creases and the Jonathan Trott syndrome. I do not hold out much hope!
  6. Repair popping creases after each game and remove damp sawdust.
  7. Be vigilant when mowing pitches in early season with new cricket boots on show (particularly juniors) high chance of loose studs damaging machinery such as newly ground cylinder / bottom blade.

Any ground issues please use any of our 3 ECB Pitch Advisors.

There are deals out there on shockwaving, earthquaking, verti-draining and spraying etc particularly if you can get a neighbouring clubs to have the same procedure.

Hope you have a turf disease and worm free season.

Paul Tatton

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