The Groundsman

August 2015

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Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions IOG BEST PRACTICE 35 the Groundsman August 2015 "We took 10mm off the pitch (the season before we removed 25mm) and using the new seed we were able to play on the surface after just two weeks and four days – when the grass was effectively still at seedling stage - then played again the following week. It held up superbly. "This year, however, we've had six weeks for renovation, which has seen the addition of 261 tonnes of fi bresand for improved percolation, which worked, and we played our fi rst game after just fi ve weeks and four days." In season 2013/14, the pitch was used 53 times: 29 football games, including three Europa league games and two FA Cup matches; 16 rugby, including one World Cup game; six training sessions; and some friendly games. Both Wigan Warriors and Wigan Athletic FC have occupied the stadium (formerly called the JJB Stadium) since it was opened in 1999. Adding that today's pitch ailments are somewhat different to those of, say, 10 years ago, Ian notes how the industry continues to work smarter by developing products to combat nematodes and leatherjackets, for example, and how turf science can help the groundsman – and his budget. "Like everyone else, we have to justify everything we purchase and if you combine that dictate with the ever- present legislative demands surrounding the use of pesticides, it is obvious that we need all the help we can get." This is one reason, he says, why he has recently embarked on an integrated turf management programme with Everris. "It is essential in this day and age that we use the most up-to-date and appropriate products in the most cost- effective way." l Ian Forshaw and team at the DW Stadium have an array of machinery and equipment at their disposal, some of which is shared with the grounds team at the Christopher Park training ground. The portfolio includes: • Two Ransome Mastiff mowers •Two Allett Mowers • Three Hayter Harrier mowers •Toro Pro-core 648 • Charterhouse 7215 vertidrainer • Dennis G860 • Reist Aera-seeder • Team Sprayer • 6M Boomsprayer • Kubota B2110 tractor. Machinery Matters My favourite fi lm: Shrek My favourite music: Led Zeppelin My interests outside of work: Spending time with my family, and I keep parakeets The most challenging part of my career: Trying to please Premier League managers who 'know better' Who I most admire in, or out, of the industry and why: Every individual groundsman and greenkeeper who work hard year in, year out to achieve perfection The best piece of advice I can give to IOG members: Work hard as a team and achieve what you want in the industry. Facts and Favourites i The fi bresand pitch stands up well to the heavy usage There's a wealth of products readily available to help keep playing surfaces in pristine condition " "

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