Maintain your sports surfaces with Gro-Sure
As the summer months are in full swing, sports surfaces can deteriorate through use; it is important that sports surfaces are maintained to the highest standards
8 June 2017 | 0
As the summer months begin and sports pitches undergo increased usage, worn and bald patches can development quite rapidly. If heavy rain is thrown into the mix then the damage to certain sports surfaces can be severe. A vibrant and healthy sports surface is essential to provide a quality playing surface throughout the summer months. Westland Horticulture share their advice and tips on how to maintain a quality sports surface with Gro-Sure
The lawn seed is guaranteed to grow and can be used in full sun, shade and on worn areas and patches
- Reduces seed losses due to erratic watering
- Aqua gel soaks up to 400 times its weight in water
- Keeps working for the whole season
- Size 25sqm, 40sqm, 80sqm, 250sqm per pack
When to sow
Lawn seed may be sown from March to October. However, for best results, sow lawn seed in the spring from March to May, and in the early autumn from mid September through to mid October.
A New lawn
Firstly prepare the soil by clearing away any debris. Dig out any perennial weeds and treat the area with weedkiller. Once the soil is clear of weeds, prepare a seedbed: On a dry day, dig over the soil to a depth of 20-25cm (8-10 inches).
Break down any lumps and tread the soil to firm it again. Level out any bumps or hollows using a rake, aiming to create a flat, even surface. The day before sowing, water thoroughly if the soil is dry and leave to soak in overnight.
Remove any weeds either by hand or by using a selective weedkiller treatment. Once weeds are dead, mow the lawn closely before raking or scarifying to remove any moss and weed remains.
If the ground appears hard or compacted aerate using a garden fork. Finally, spread Westland Lawn & Turf Dressing to fill any shallow holes and to level-out the surface.
Rolling: The ground should be rolled or lightly firmed by walking over it and pressing the seed into the soil.
Watering: Water the lawn thoroughly using a fine-rosed watering can or a lawn sprinkler which produces a fine spray taking care not to wash the seeds away.
Mowing: Grass can be cut for the first time when it is 5-8cm (2-3inches) high. A light trim will be sufficient initially. Gradually lower the cutting height to about 2.5cm (1 inch), which is ideal. Do not remove more than 1/3rd of the growth at any one time.
Feeding: After 10-12 weeks we recommend feeding your new lawn with Aftercut 3 Day Green Lawn Feed. Simply apply after mowing for quicker more visible greener results in 3 days.