Pitch renovation work began at Roots Hall last Wednesday with well-established company Hewitt Sportsturf, based in Leicestershire, in to start the work and carry out a three-day process.
Hewitt Sportsturf work on many pitches over the summer months and football off-season including Ligue 1 winners PSG, as well as a host of clubs in England including Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham and many more up and down the country.
We got an understanding of the work Graham Trendall and Adrian Brown from Hewitt Sportsturf carried out, which you can also see from the video we put together (above).
What was the process of day one?
The process was getting rid of the thatch layer in the grass that was already on the pitch. We’ve taken off about 5mm off all in all and there was about 8 lorryloads of turf to come off. We’ve done that twice and planed it off to create a flat surface. Any highs and lows were ironed out ready for the next stage.
What did day two involve?
We’ve put on 120 tons of sand and verti-drained 100mm centres eight inches deep. After that we brushed the sand into the holes and then verti-drain it again to give a proper seed bed.
What happened on day three?
We verti-drained it all again, re-brushed it and then put four passes on with between 16-18 bags of seed. Then we put 16 bags of Hewitt’s own brand fertiliser (10-15-10) at which point we hand the process back over to the groundsman and the grass is ready to grow. Conditions were perfect because the rain stayed off, despite some on Wednesday night, but that just dampened the dust down ready for the second day, so it all worked quite well.
And how long until the pitch is ready to use?
Usually you can play on the pitch after 6-7 weeks, but grass will come through within 5-7 days. It will green over relatively quick and it will just take a bit of rooting, so plenty of time ahead of the new season.