Update from Paul Tatton (Chairman of the Lancashire Groundsman's Association) about April advice on cricket ground maintenance.
- Continue pre-season rolling gradually increasing weight when conditions allow, finishing stump to stump.
- Check scoreboards (numerals), covers, stumps and bails, fielding discs (5 yard spacing!), bowling markers and sawdust are all ready for use.
- Good time to shockwave/earthquake/verti-drain outfields when conditions are favourable. This will also help to reduce moss uptake.
- Better temperatures this month will provide an opportunity to re-seed unsuccessful areas (popping creases from Autumn).
- 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!
- Repair popping creases after each game and remove damp sawdust.
- 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.