Grass Pitch Maintenance - a challenge
It is a challenge to get professional sports pitch maintenance provided on the PDO grass pitch. The hockey section is always on the forefront to raise issues and improvements. We have done this again on the last main club AGM in 2011. Improper maintenance results in a poor quality and more hazards for hockey, and earlier end of season to all. The main problems with the pitch are: 1) Generally the pitch is too wet causing algae growth, 2) not well cut (no blade sharpening causing damage to grass) 3) too compact soil (no proper roots development, no aeration carried out), 4) too acid and 5) not enough compost (too much sand). The committee will continue to try to improve maintenance practices.