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6 hours ago, TheolderIgetthebetterIwas said:

Don't need it like that Bruegel, they only really cause bad damage if your field is shallow rooted, other than that not really bad enough to cause concern.

Just irritating really.

Nearly got on the pitch today until I spotted this. Plenty of ice around from last night so that finished that.

 

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Did manage to cut, roll and spike the warm up area though, not so frozen as the pitch! 

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This is no doubt due to the rain in the last few seasons bringing the fines/silt to the surface. The net result being no air spaces in the top of the soil profile, without them grassland will retain w

Best thread I have read on here for years! Keep up the good work all you groundsmen out there. Some of us fans do appreciate you and I suppose you do enjoy the challenge of it if you are honest.

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Managed to get onto both pitches at Vogue Park this week, my god hasn't the easterly wind dried the grounds out. It was dam cold but so lovely to be out on the machinery again. Even uncovered the mowing deck and put it over the pitches to tidy them up.

 

Really pleased with how it's looking and spring is just around the corner.

 

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1 hour ago, Mark said:

Managed to get onto both pitches at Vogue Park this week, my god hasn't the easterly wind dried the grounds out. It was dam cold but so lovely to be out on the machinery again. Even uncovered the mowing deck and put it over the pitches to tidy them up.

 

Really pleased with how it's looking and spring is just around the corner.

 

1st picture is 10th February 2017, second picture is 10th February 2021

 

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Looking good Mark.

See the difference that couple of years sanding makes, plus no football of course.

I could have got out there this week but sod that in this Easterly wind...painful just breathing in!

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Yes no football is the main factor Dave. Fairly easy with no one messing it up 😂. However I would much rather see people coming through the gates also enjoying it.

 

Easterly was dam cold but so thankful that us groundsman took delivery of our 5 new jackets before Christmas, keep me nice and warm. Paid for with our money for winning grounds team of the year, plus a top up from club funds. Please note no shorts were worm this week whilst out on the tractor!!😂😂

 

Hope everyone is safe and well and not to bored! Won't be long until we are all allowed out and everyone can get down to their local club and help with all those jobs, I reckon players will be queued out the gates to help do something!!🤣

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On 13/02/2021 at 11:58, Mark said:

Yes no football is the main factor Dave. Fairly easy with no one messing it up 😂. However I would much rather see people coming through the gates also enjoying it.

 

Easterly was dam cold but so thankful that us groundsman took delivery of our 5 new jackets before Christmas, keep me nice and warm. Paid for with our money for winning grounds team of the year, plus a top up from club funds. Please note no shorts were worm this week whilst out on the tractor!!😂😂

 

Hope everyone is safe and well and not to bored! Won't be long until we are all allowed out and everyone can get down to their local club and help with all those jobs, I reckon players will be queued out the gates to help do something!!🤣

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Can the club stretch to new socks? 

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41 minutes ago, Mark said:

I've requested new socks!!😂😂 so glad I got on the pitches as they are water logged again now. Things are warming up so let's hope it dries up soon and we can get back out there.

 

How is everyone else's looking?

Walked over our pitch today,  not a hope in hell of doing anything after last night's rain and loads more on the way...endless.

But the grass is quietly growing,  so a bonus there, good job it's slow or we'll end up with a Hayfield!

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1 hour ago, Paul said:

Everytime it drys up it then pours down so at the moment its just been left. No point risking it at the moment. Maybe Thursday if the wind drys the place up quickly. Else itll be next week at some point maybe. Got to be a dry week soon surly. Been saying that for over 2 months now. 🤣

Wouldn't have been much football played with these conditions,  probably play one game and lose the one a week after if not two!

Weather seems to be this way every winter now...what chance groundsmen. 

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half inch rain this side, since midnight on North coast and more to come. Going back over the rainfall here since 2011,from September to March the lowest rainfall was 7 inches 2016/17 and the highest 21 inches 14/15. The last two winters have been the wettest since 2014.Surprisingly the year on year average per year. has been pretty consistent between 24 and 30 inches, each year. Seems to even itself out with wet winters and dry summers or vice versa. However that is only for this part of the North coast. Keep a smile on your face Dave think of all the divots we haven't had to put back in!

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Came up on facebook memories today that 3 years ago today we cut our pitch for the first time in 3 months!! The rain hasnt stopped here all day so forget this week. 

Roll on March. 🤣

And your right i dont think we would have seen much football either. Not a chance. 

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3 hours ago, Ieuan Gregory said:

half inch rain this side, since midnight on North coast and more to come. Going back over the rainfall here since 2011,from September to March the lowest rainfall was 7 inches 2016/17 and the highest 21 inches 14/15. The last two winters have been the wettest since 2014.Surprisingly the year on year average per year. has been pretty consistent between 24 and 30 inches, each year. Seems to even itself out with wet winters and dry summers or vice versa. However that is only for this part of the North coast. Keep a smile on your face Dave think of all the divots we haven't had to put back in!

I haven't divoted the pitch from boxing day yet!

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Finally got the chance to get the machine out and cut the pitch. First time since early December!! Now hopefully we can push on a bit. Going to need to tweak the units for a better cut at some point. I think id prefere a Dennis push mower to get that really sharp cut. Just need 6k!! 

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34 minutes ago, Paul said:

Finally got the chance to get the machine out and cut the pitch. First time since early December!! Now hopefully we can push on a bit. Going to need to tweak the units for a better cut at some point. I think id prefere a Dennis push mower to get that really sharp cut. Just need 6k!! 

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Got the mower out! No way here with the rain yesterday, wouldn't even walk on ours now, need a week to dry out here at least. 

Looking good though buddy, 6k for a push mower!

You mean a Dennis G860(?) 

Cracking mower, used to have one but 3+ hours to cut and box off mind.

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We had alot of wind which really helped dry the pitch out. Forcast awful for the next few days so pleased to get it done. 

Yeah the Dennis G860 looks the business. Lovely cut. Be ideal for a day off. Good exercise and would look even better. Alot of money though.

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34 minutes ago, Paul said:

We had alot of wind which really helped dry the pitch out. Forcast awful for the next few days so pleased to get it done. 

Yeah the Dennis G860 looks the business. Lovely cut. Be ideal for a day off. Good exercise and would look even better. Alot of money though.

It is the business alright, if you get one get the cassette's with it as well.

The scarifying one is a lovely bit of kit but well over the 1K mark.

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1 hour ago, Paul said:

We had alot of wind which really helped dry the pitch out. Forcast awful for the next few days so pleased to get it done. 

Yeah the Dennis G860 looks the business. Lovely cut. Be ideal for a day off. Good exercise and would look even better. Alot of money though.

£6K, gosh, that’s almost as much as a player! Mind you, who needs a goalkeeper anyway! Go for it, Vice-chairman will sign it off!

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23 hours ago, Paul said:

This is alot cheaper. Wondered 8f this would be man enough for the job. Maybe not the whole pitch but large areas that need the extra tlc. Any thoughts?

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Way too small buddy, it is to narrow and short the other way, it would pick up every little lump,  bump and undulation.

Remember with a front rollered cylinder you have to cut really regularly, when I used one on our pitch it would be normal to cut 3 times a week. 

The Dennis is a top mower with a fine cut but you need a lot of free time to maintain a pitch with one.

There are occasionally second hand ones on Ebay but still not cheap.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU 

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(certainly will be before the day is out)

and congratulations to Older, the instigator 

with nearly 500 gems of knowledge.

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20 minutes ago, Bruegel the Elder said:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

AS INTERESTING YOU DO

YOU’VE KEPT US SANE THROUGH THE PANDEMIC 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU 

💥🍸🍾🎂1️⃣ YEAR OLD TODAY🎂🍾🥂💥

NEARLY 888 POSTS

(certainly will be before the day is out)

and congratulations to Older, the instigator 

with nearly 500 gems of knowledge.

Must be some records on there!

 

Well thank you Bruegal. 

Not just me though is it, thanks to everyone who contributes the thread, all the other grounds peeps  who love working on their grounds and share their knowledge. 

Well done to every poster from me.

And yes...we have gone full circle on a years maintenance. 

A great shame there has been little football played but hoping for a better year from the virus to the weather. 

Thank you all.

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Lovely day today for it. Nets down. Some how i need to get them washed. Anyone got any tips? Machine wash or dump in a bath of boiling hot water? 

The grass has certainly grown in the last week. That first cut sets it going im convinced.

Day off tomorrow. Time to get a few more jobs done. 

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1 hour ago, Paul said:

Lovely day today for it. Nets down. Some how i need to get them washed. Anyone got any tips? Machine wash or dump in a bath of boiling hot water? 

The grass has certainly grown in the last week. That first cut sets it going im convinced.

Day off tomorrow. Time to get a few more jobs done. 

Nets down(?) They're looking at some type of cup competition aren't they(?)

Our league is still/maybe looking at finishing the season up until the end of June!!!

No changing rooms, showers, bar and so on...how the hell is that football?

Anyway...you could try dropping the nets into a bath of window net soak, transforms them back to white again...worth a shot maybe.

Looking at cutting/slitting here on Saturday,  still on soft side here in a few places, but grass moving on a bit of a pace now...and the old weeds showing up now too.

Here we go again...yippee.

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Weve been meaning to take them down for months but its rained and rained. They need a good wash. If football returns then they can go back up. 

Once any dew has cleared tomorrow ill give it a cut and tidy around. Spectator areas are ready to cut tidy. Light evenings on their way should start to be busy again.

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8 hours ago, Paul said:

Weve been meaning to take them down for months but its rained and rained. They need a good wash. If football returns then they can go back up. 

Once any dew has cleared tomorrow ill give it a cut and tidy around. Spectator areas are ready to cut tidy. Light evenings on their way should start to be busy again.

Rain...what rain(?) Lol.

I'm planning to cut and slit Saturday as well but will brush the dew off early doors a couple of hours beforehand to give a nice dry cut.

You don't brush your grass before cutting (?) I will always do it this time of year, about a 35 minute job.

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