Whether you’re an amateur sports club or a professional football team, you rightly want your playing surface to look and perform to the highest standards. This is true of every sport played in and around Watford. In addition to time-served, traditional techniques, modern sports ground maintenance and sports pitch renovation involves innovative machinery. As a leading sports ground contractor, we offer the ideal blend of the old and new.
In many cases, the most effective grounds maintenance relies on simple steps, including sports turf aeration, that create a stable foundation for wider ranging services.
Below, we have outlined 3 simple steps we follow to produce results of unmatched quality.
When it comes to grounds maintenance and sports pitch renovation in and around Watford, we mow little and often. Removing too much at once can have a negative impact on the root system beneath your playing surface.
By mowing the correct length – no more than one-third of the leaf – on a regular basis, we increase turf density. In turn, this helps the grass to out-compete weeds. Limiting weed growth has the added benefit of eliminating the need to apply weed killer.
Like any reputable sports ground contractor, we adapt our mowing to suit the unique conditions at your ground and the demands you need to place on it.
Timely Sports Turf Aeration
Aeration is a key part of our sports ground maintenance in and around Watford. Soil moisture management, both above- and below-ground, has a huge impact on the health and quality of your turf. This is especially true if your club plays winter games such as football and rugby. In worst-case scenarios, you may find your playing surface suffers a significant amount of grass loss.
Without the appropriate maintenance, the compaction that takes place can cause enough damage to necessitate a sports pitch renovation. When performed by an experienced sports ground contractor, aeration helps to alleviate these issues.
To make the most of sports turf aeration, however, we time the process carefully. Aerating in the wrong conditions, i.e. when the ground is too wet, causes more damage. This is because it seals the surface and prevents moisture from penetrating it. When carried out as part of a proactive grounds maintenance and renovation cycle, you benefit from much better results.
It's vital to invest long before the ground becomes sodden and referees start calling games off. The soil, grass and roots need time to benefit from the service. As such, we typically recommend sports turf aeration during the spring and autumn.
While mowing is key to your sports ground maintenance plan, it does remove nutrients that the grass feeds on. A well-executed fertilisation programme replaces these lost nutrients, ensuring your turf in Watford thrives as intended.
One of the most important times to target is around a post-season sports pitch renovation. This re-establishes a good sward. You can then apply more fertiliser as needed to strengthen your surface going into winter.
Regular sports turf aeration also allows for water and nutrients to penetrate deeper below the soil line. This complements fertilising by encouraging roots to grow deeper and stronger.
In our role as a sports ground contractor, Turf Tonics Ltd covers all your grounds maintenance and renovation needs.