Restoring Pitches On An Existing Cricket Square

May 9, 2013

Here’s a simplified, outline timeline and process for the restoration of pitches on an existing square.

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Estimated time required – as little as 1-2 days (depending on machinery and manpower available).

Since the turn of the century, machinery and expertise has enabled poor performing pitches to be renovated in as little as 1-2 days, with the restored pitch available for use the following year.  The methodology utilizes a tractor mounted, surface planing device that removed the top surface up to a depth of 40mm in one pass, with the material sent down a conveyor belt to a trailer.

The three types of restoration are:

Fraise Mowing

  1. Remove organic layer (thatch) and grass sward
    – typically achieved in two passes at right angles
  2. Linear aerate
  3. Overseed and incorporate top dressing
  • Can be done every 3 years
  • With proper care, pitch can be playable the following year 

Fraise Topping

  1. Remove grass surface & underlying soil
    – succession of passes, on shallow setting at apposing angles
  2. Form a shallow tilth up to 25mm
  3. Grade and level
  4. Apply cricket loam
  5. Grade, fertilise and overseed 
  • Ensure the finished pitch is proud of the surrounding square, to allow rainfall run-off and prevent formation of algae / moss
  • With proper care, pitch can be playable the following year

Fraise Topping & Cultivation

  1. Top surface removed, acting similar to a turfcutter
  2. Cultivate layers an indigenous soil as a fine tilth
  3. Apply cricket loam
  4. Blend, grade and consolidate
  5. Fertilise and overseed
  • Ensure the finished pitch is proud of the surrounding square, to allow rainfall run-off and prevent formation of algae / moss
  • The first year after restoration can produce a pitch that is slow with low bounce, which typically improves in the year after

You can find more information about pitch renovation and care on the ECB website

What type of cricket loam do you need for replacing a pitch?

 

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