Spring Sports Field Renovation

As the end of the season approaches, (and hopefully it was a fabulous and rewarding one), the hard work of pitch renovation needs to begin as soon as possible.

Winter pitches need attention in the spring in order to ensure that they are ready for play again by August.  The renovated pitch needs to sustain the whole of the up and coming season’s use. Having a great surface to play both rugby and football on can make a massive different to the performance of a team and consequently the results.

The main processes that should ideally be undertaken upon completion of a season are:

  • Scarification – This is the process used to remove debris, thatch (dead or partially decayed organic matter) and meadow grass from the pitch by raking it. This essential process ensures that the ground is ready for seeding.
  • Deep tine aeration– This process aerates and de-compacts the ground, allowing drainage of excess water and the free movement of air, encouraging deeper root growth.
  • Spiking/slitting – This process will allow surface aeration of the pitch and improve the profile of the soil. Spiking will allow the roots to develop better and therefore assist in the growth of the grass.
  • Top-Dressing – In order to assist with drainage, creating a good seed bed and levels, top-dressing is applied. The correct mix of soil and sand is applied to the pitch according to the pitches requirements
  • Fertilising – In order to optimize plant health/growth and protect against disease.
  • Over- seeding – The correct mix of seed is critical for quick germination and rapid establishment. The whole pitch can be overseeded, or if funds are tight just the pitch centre.

Once your pitch has been reinstated in the spring, then the cutting and maintenance needs to continue. Looking after a pitch correctly and maintaining it throughout the year may seem costly however it is a lot cheaper than having to replace a whole pitch or pay the fines for not providing an adequate playing surface for matches.  You do not need to do all of the above operations every year and we can advise you on the priorities for your pitch, to ensure your budget goes as far as possible.

Remember to plan ahead and if possible decommission a pitch early to allow seed germination in optimal conditions, especially if you do not have access to irrigation equipment and a good water supply.  Very often the ground is too dry for good germination by early May so a sowing in late March/April is always better.

We have all the machinery and expertise to help you with your pitch renovation programme this spring.   If you would like a quote or would like to discuss any of the above processes then please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0300 303 8616.

The Wessex Grounds Services Truck

Tractor and equipment for pitch renovations and maintenance.

Considerations of a Landscaping Project.

Landscaping Projects should include considerations before initiation.

As with any project or redesign it is important that your money is well spent. Landscaping is no different whether you are dealing with hard or soft landscaping. Hard landscaping is the term that is used to describe the construction materials and elements in landscaping and the soft landscaping is used to describe the vegetative materials.

When designing your new landscape there are many considerations to be included. It is ok to have an idea or maybe an image of what you would like but then it must be worked out whether it will be feasible in that area, for that purpose and within that budget.

Here are some of the considerations that need to take place with landscaping.

  • Use & Purpose

Considering how the space is to be used. Some space will have more than one purpose. It maybe that the space will be for playing, sports, entertaining, relaxing or a formal area etc. It may require vehicle access on some of it or water features.

  • Who Will Use It

Having established the purpose or purposes of the area then next you need to consider who might be using it. Will it be primarily adults, children, pets or a combination? Will the area need disabled accessibility?

  • Soil Type & Nutrients

It is important to check for soil type before you start planning both the hard & soft elements of your landscaping. For example, it is no good planting a whole load of plants in a soil unsuitable for them as in no time at all they will all die. All that money spent and nothing to show for it. When considering landscaping the soil type is essential to know as it will hold the key to drainage, nutrients and behaviour. This allows one to then know which materials and vegetation will work and flourish.

  • Environment and Climate

You will need to consider which areas are sunny and shady. Work out which ways to face things in terms of maximising scenic views or making the most of the sun. Don’t forget to include the most common wind direction and the contours of the natural landscape especially when considering water flow, amount and drainage.

You will also need to consider any design constraints for example trees that have preservation orders, foundations and utilities etc.

  • Planting Zones

Knowing your zones will allow you to obtain plants that are correct for that location considering the environmental and climatic conditions.

  • Hydro Behaviour

Understanding how water behaves within the area is important. Hydro zoning will allow for plants with similar water requirements to be clustered together. This is also a consideration hard landscaping so that drainage can be created or pooling of water allowed.

  • Style

Last but not least you need to consider the aesthetic appeal and style of the landscaping.

Consider all of the above before initiating your landscaping project. If you are not confident or unsure about your soil type, the drainage or would just like a professional opinion, then please do not hesitate to Wessex Grounds Services on 0300 303 8616.

Wessex Grounds Services – The Green Infrastructure Specialists. 

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Merry Christmas Everyone

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Here at ‘Wessex Grounds Services’ we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. We would not and could not exist as a company without you, our very loyal clients and customers and also our super team of employees that have helped grow the business over the last year.

Thank you and we look forward to working with and for you in 2017. Now relax and enjoy Christmas and have a very Happy New Year.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

 

Reflective Area Installed – St. Mary’s School, West Moors

Adding a Reflective Area.

St. Mary’s School, West Moors asked Wessex Grounds Services to quote for installing a refective area within their school grounds. Wessex Grounds Services were awarded the job and have since completed the works.

The following images show the new reflective area.

View from outside the reflective area at st. Mary's SchoolInside view of the Reflective Area, constructed for St. Mary's School, West Moors.

Reflective Area at St. Mary's School, West MoorsWest Moors, St. Mary's School's Reflective Area

Wessex Grounds Services can help design and install a reflective area for your school. We can also help you revive other areas of your playgrounds. For more information please call 0300 303 8616 or drop us an email - enquiries@wessexgroundsservices.co.uk

Large routine maintenance contract with leading care provider

Wessex Grounds Services are happy to announce a new working partnership with Care South.

 

Wessex Grounds Services are excited to announce that Care South, a leading provider of residential and home care across the south of England, has entrusted WGS to routinely maintain the grounds of ten of their sites. Eight sites in East Dorset and two sites in Weymouth, South Dorset.

WGS has also undertaken ad hoc landscaping projects at two of the sites.

Talbot View, Bournemouth

Care South's before Landscaping ImageBuxton House prior to landscaping from Wessex Grounds Services

Care South's - Buxton House, finished landscaping projectFinished Landscaping for Care South's Talbot View Residence

and Buxton House in Weymouth.

WGS look forward to this new venture and building a strong working relationship with Care South in the future.

If you would like to find out more about the services we offer please call 0300 303 8616.