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Pesticides can be hazardous and special consideration needs to be given to the storage and transport of them. Hazards include:
Throughout March and April carry out scarification operations to remove all thatch, fibre moss and other deleterious materials. Apply a Spring/Summer fine turf fertiliser in March and April at the rate of 35gm per square metre and having an N:P:K ratio of approximately 14:2:4. Do not apply the fertiliser in windy conditions or in periods of drought. Application should preferably be made when rainfall is imminent, to prevent scorching to the sward. Irrigate the Table must be irrigated after application to a depth of 50mm. At regular intervals during the playing season, irrigate the Table.
Prior to a match carry out an inspection of the square and clearance of all litter debris and other deleterious matter. Ensure all cut pitch areas are neat and straight edges to the surrounding Table. Cut the pitch with a 20" pedestrian cylinder mower to the height of 5 mm. The pitch should be double mown along the first cut to avoid a striped effect. Following completion of the mowing scarify the pitch along the line of play using a boxed scarifier, ensuring that all arisings are removed. Roll the pitch to create a firm true surface.
End of season repairs (October)
Aerate the pitch and fork all hollows, ensuring no disturbance to the pitch base more than 50mm deep and reinstate to the correct levels with a sterilised medium cricket loam. Ensure consolidation of levels by light pressure and luting to provide a seed bed.