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  1. It certainly is a massive piece a kit and one that I thought you may cringe at older. Our pitch at VP is really incredibly dry, I have put the sprinklers on our goal mouth (Us groundsman arfe never happy!!) and a couple of other areas as they started to crack in the dry, plus I want to feed that seed that we put down. Ground temp is 10 degrees over in sunny St Day with my probe showing an air temp of 11-12 degrees, even in the bitterly easterly wind. No sign of frost out are way yet either. We fertilsed our pitch about 4 weeks ago with a trial of a 6 month slow release fert and initial outcomes seem to be good but im interested to see what things are like at the end of the 5-6 months. On Tuesday he was just seeding, using a product we have used for a few seasons now; Rigby Taylor R140, its hard wearing and good week - to - week recovery. https://www.rigbytaylor.com/product/grass-seed/football-grass-seed/r140-tetraploid-perennial-ryegrass-blend-seed-20kgs/#tab-description Because the contractor buys so much he gets a good price (don't worry I check!!!haha). I would encourage everyone to also do this. Last season he suggested he buy the 60 ton of sand but when I told him our price he was not amused as this was a lot less than he was paying and he buys a heck of a lot every year. Like I said always worth checking. Leaving the pitch for at least 14 days to allow to rest and seed to establish as I said before, but taking your advice of rolling the new seed lots before the first cut. Hopefully upload some more pictures soon of the new seed as I honestly don't think it will be long looking at things today. I always knew this and explain it to dog walkers whenever I get chance if they are at the club. I always have to remind other club officials and referee's if we do pitch inspection when its frosty. Best wishes to all
  2. No top dressing this year as the funds normally come from our end of season awards weekend and the finals and cup finals we host making extra funds over the bar and kitchen. We have incorporated 60ton of sports sand for the last 3 years (180ton in total), the sand alone cost £1,100 each year then contractors to spread it. We must live within our means. Also instead of seeding both pitches, we are only doing the one pitch, been done this morning in two directions with bad areas being done in four directions. Taking your advice and cut down the number of bags used too. Both pitches are being vertidrained as we speak, the cost of having the second pitch done is minimal as contractor is on site. We've got to a depth of 8-10" today with a good solid tine too, so not bad at all. Now to leave the pitches rest for a couple of weeks, let the roots travel as you rightly said in your last post. Lots of other jobs to catch up on at the footy club and of course at home too!!😂😂
  3. Been out and got my morning exercise, giving VP a good brush and cut. Nice bit of movement in the grass and looking a fantastic colour. Had the 9ft brush made by a local fabricator and each season buy a new set of brush heads (£15) from warriors and screw them on. Had it made at 9ft (equivalent to 3 yards) as i mostly strip our pitch at 6 yard or 3 yard stripes. Brushing is good for taking off the morning dew, therefore getting less infections, good for stripping a pitch and getting air around the roots, takes about 30-40 minutes to do a pitch in both directions. VP is being vertidrained tomorrow, I will get some pictures/videos and upload on here and our social media for everyone to see what older means about 90 degree entry.
  4. Well done Leuan, no stopping you now, we will see pictures all the time. I didn't get any message from you last week, hence I haven't replied. By all means text me if easier 07875596798. Hope you are enjoying your new equipment as much as I do. Rappo - here here two great facilities and both grounds and their groundsman give so much inspiration to me. If anyone out there is thinking of getting involved at their club, don't hold back. Nothing better when pitches are stripped and looking good and sometimes just sometimes the players really do appreciate it.😁 Things do seem to be warming up bet getting cold again by the weekend....
  5. Looking Good older. Trying to get on top of jobs at VP too, think we may only have a few days left to go outside our front doors. On another note the reason for my post is the line marking conversation we had. Here are the markings on VP, last time it was marked was Fri 13th, so we've had a game on it and numerous times on with the new machine. How does that compare with yours?? Hope your keeping safe.
  6. Definatly not!! I honestly think this maybe our renovation period older so, prepare the damaged wet areas, sorted out the drainage, get seed in the ground, vertidrain, sand/top dress and leave in quarantine 😂😂 Get some paint for the players to paint THEIR Changing rooms and THEIR dugouts and we are all ready to go whenever that day comes that a ball can be kicked again. How's the carpet at Kernick looking?
  7. Well we got a few weeks/months now to get pitches back....all clubs need now is some volunteers to move earth, paint dugouts etc....who might be free at this time.....OH YEAH PLAYERS!!! Let's hope when their bored on a Saturday all players pour down to their football club and start helping!!🤔🤔
  8. It is with very deep sadness and a heavy heart that we have to announce the death of our Chairman David Searle. Dave was a stalwart of the club in every sense of the word, he was a player, secretary of the committee, head groundsman, all-round general handyman as well as our excellent Chairman, he will be very sorely missed at the club. Dave was awarded by the FA with a 50 years certificate and medal to which he was super proud off back in 2014. The club recognised this service with his gold badge blazer which he wore with the up most pride all the time. We hold his tournament every summer to say thank you to his services to this, his club and the footballing community, it's such a shame that this year it will be in his memory. Our sincere heartfelt condolences go to Inez and all the family at this truly sad time. We will miss you Mr Searle, but never will we ever forget you 😥 Once a Saint, always a Saint. 💛🖤💛🖤
  9. Great idea, will the drone reach St Day older??😂😂
  10. Haha, maybe Scoffy but it won't be going anywhere near Vogue Park!!😂😂. Yes rainfall has been a massive issue and drainage etc just cannot cope but a little thought, hard work, funding (biggest need) and equipment pitches could be better. Players and Volunteers reading this thread and getting out with a fork in their hand during the week instead of waiting until a Saturday morning would be a bloody good start. #learnfromolder!!!
  11. Happy to get our game on at VP today, another fixture out the way. Was great to get the game on after using our new machinery thanks to the Football Foundation, St Day PC, Chris Matthews plastering and selling our old Mowers. Too big and heavy for your pitch I expect older. Water table not really dropped this week, dry on Friday when I spiked but Water logged again by 7pm and this morning but thanks to no rain we were game on. Hopefully with next weeks drier weather we can get the water table down a bit more and grass growing a bit quicker. Games coming thick and fast (unless league's say otherwise). Would be bloody typical, games called off through weather, now get some drier weather and along comes Mr Virus!! Agree with investment older, we've got lucky and invested more so in our pitch and machinery in the last 4 years and it's now starting to pay off. Oh yeah and let's not forget hours of hard work from many volunteers. More rain over night, cannot see the youth playing tomorrow....god sake!
  12. Happy to get our game on at VP today, another fixture out the way. Good size crowd of 65-70 people watching and was great to get the game on after using our new machinery thanks to the Football Foundation. Nice to be out in the open air enjoying sport. Nice to see Common sense applied by the league....letting its clubs decide, at the end of the day it's our league and we should decide anyway. Now for a nice dry week, bit of warmth, get the grass growing a bit. Let's hope comment sense is applied next week too. Saints 2-0 Perranporth 💛🖤💛🖤
  13. Dave - great thread and I have been reading with great delight. There is no secret from me, as Dave is this man that has taught me everything I know. And I'm always happy, like Dave and Leuan too to pass on my knowledge. However I would say to save time ask Dave or Leuan as if these gentleman don't know then it either isn't worth knowing or doesn't exist.😂 To answer questions about line markers. Spray markers are good if throughly looked after, but one small blockage and they won't work. More premier league clubs use the old transfer wheel, but I'm unsure why. Both give good results with the right paint and tender loving care of the machine. We were in need of a new one after starting to spend too much money on our old one and an application the the CCFA small grants scheme went in. We were lucky to take delivery of a new igo mini from rigby taylor with two drums of their marking paint "impact". Whole pitch marked with 1.9/2lts of paint, only need to travel in one direction (Both sides of the grass plant get painted) and it works out at about £3 in cost per pitch. The benefit is going to be when we get some drier weather and I won't need to keep over marking for mid week games. The paints are all very similar, the more you pay, the more titanium dioxide they put in and therefore the whiter and brighter the lines. Many now come with a weatherproof in them so once dry, they will stay visable for longer. Older - these are my markings from last weekend, pictures taken yesterday. I will over mark today for this weekends fixtures but you can see if I was desperate they could be left. Thanks for your time last week and normal advice. See you soon
  14. Steve you do not need to apologise to me, your work is so normally faultless, but I will remember this when we need a favour 😂😂. Sleep is so overrated anyway. Look forward to seeing update fixtures and thank you for what you have done, I'm looking forward to the new league, different ideas, slightly different and the extra funding available to us clubs etc. A change is as good as a rest as they say. Thank you
  15. They have been posted on the St Piran Facebook page however, as stated on our social media, are they correct?? We (St Day) cannot play home until 31st Aug due to Cricket.
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