Did you know a sports field’s turf density is one of the key factors that affect playing performance? And did you know at the heart of making your lawn denser is regular mowing?
When it comes to your garden, it’s the aesthetics of a lawn that are often most often important. However, for sports groundsmen there’s so much more to consider such as the field’s frequency of use that need to be monitored.
The density of the pitch, its firmness, uniformity of cut and grass height, aeration, the presence of felt, combating turf diseases and weeds, deciding between overseeding or repair, between decompacting the pitch’s different layers or using a roller, sanding and liming, plus watering and fertilisation.
All of the above factors have a significant impact on the playing performance of sports pitches, but the turf’s density is particularly important. This is because having a high concentration of blades of grass as well as roots, provides greater resistance to trampling and tearing that is associated with regular pitch use.
To make your turf denser and healthier, it’s essential to mow it frequently. This is due to the upward growth being slowed by regular cutting, therefore the grass adapts to this and spreads out across the surface by increasing the number of shoots.
During this process, the roots continue to develop both horizontally and downwards. These two factors both give the grass better anchorage in the ground, making it much stronger and more resistant.
However, while it’s essential to mow the lawn frequently, certain varieties of grass have reduced tolerance of very short cuts, so the cutting height needs to be considered.
Your first thought maybe to just increase the mowing frequency using your existing standard mower, however this will increase your workload and invariably your costs.
A professional robot mower however avoids this disadvantage by cutting the grass automatically each day. What’s more, the high-quality mulching of a mower such as the Bigmow robot encourages root growth and also makes the turf more solid.
So if the idea of a perfect pitch for less effort appeals to you, don’t hesitate to arrange your free no obligation site appraisel!