Isle of Wight Cricket

Winter Square Maintenance

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This year has been one of the wettest cricket seasons most of us can be remember with a high number of matches lost to weather. Cancelled fixtures have left pitches unused and many clubs facing a loss of income.
As the end of the season approaches club committees faced with a falling income will be looking to make savings to balance the books,
and it will be tempting and indeed understandable for them to
consider economising on ‘expensive’ end of season repairs to a square that has hardly been used.
But this is short-term thinking.
“It has long been recognised that post season cricket square
renovation, undertaken in a correct and professional manner, forms the foundation for quality pitches throughout the forthcoming season.”
1 Paradoxically, just because pitches have not been used doesn’t mean they should not be renovated at the end
of the season! The grass this year has grown strongly and produced waste plant material on the surface, known
as ‘Thatch’. In a normal busy season thatch is controlled to a large extent by regular pitch preparation and
players running over the square in spikes!
This organic material must be removed from the square at the end of every season no matter if the pitches have been used or not, and particularly before the onset of winter to prevent it becoming integrated into the soil. If this happens, then it will produce a cushioning effect on the surface of the square for the following playing season creating inconsistent bounce, limited pace and carry. A ‘thatchy’ surface may also encourage the pitch surface to break up in play, which when very dry can become unpredictable. Over-time thatch will become fully integrated as organic matter into the soil, making the preparation of a high quality playing surface difficult, and will most likely mean substantially more outlay in the future to repair the damage created by not renovating the square at the end of the season.

It is getting to that time of the year when the groundsman are thinking about winter maintenance for their squares.

Which means purchasing that vital loam, seed and fertilizers to get the square maintenance completed.

Thanks to Andy Butler we are able to offer excellent prices on all of the above to clubs.

Kaloam - £4.20 a bag
Grass Seed - £72.50 a bag
Autumn/Winter Fertilizers £22.50 per 25kg bag

If you are interested in ordering please contact Andy directly on andy@andybutlersgs.co.uk.

Attachments:
Winter Sqaure Maintenance Leaflet
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