Update from Paul Tatton (Chairman of the LCB Groundsman's Association) about August advice on cricket ground maintenance.
1. Pitch Renovation
We should all be considering our autumn pitch renovation programme. Look at your fixture list and work out which pitches will be out of commission for the rest of the season and consider doing some scarification to reduce the workload and take advantage of some favourable conditions. I would think any reputable contractors will be not be far from being fully booked by now so plan your programme and purchases in advance.
2. Watering of Squares
It sounds obvious but try and leave till late in the day or evening when there is less evaporation but still workable next morning.
We need to be very flexible with working hours dependent on fixtures, weather conditions and reliable machinery. What we do not need is time wasted collecting fag ends, cans, water bottles, empty crisp packets, waste paper, dog mess or poor communications with rearranged or unfulfilled fixtures. The Jonathan Trott saga continues!
4. Priorities - A special message to Club Chairman
Consider upgrading some of the groundsman’s equipment instead of financing ordinary amateurs with so called ‘boot money’. Far more sustainable and it may be a better solution to produce good cricket pitches which may in turn entice better players to the club.
Any ground issues and contact details for Paul and other pitch advisors visit: 3 ECB Pitch Advisors.