When looking after large playing fields, it is important to maintain the surface as best as possible during the winter months. This will save you work in the long run and keep the playing surface consistent for matches and training all year round.
It is a good idea to keep cutting the grass during January. Be careful not to overcut, however, as this can ‘stress’ the grass, inhibit growth and expose it to disease and fungi. We would recommend maintaining a height of approximately 25-30mm.
Aeration is vital to the health of a pitch. It allows air do get down into the soil, easing the pressure between the soil particles and allowing rainwater to reach the grass roots.
To achieve this on a large scale like a football pitch or school playing field, you will be need the right machine for the job. Billy Goat’s AE1300H 30” Hydro Aerator has been designed with precisely this task in mind.
The AE1300H 30” Hydro Aerator combines true 30” wide aeration and speed up to 4.3 mph to complete a quarter of an acre in as little as 15 minutes! It is also built with ‘in-ground turning’, meaning you don’t have to lift the machine to turn corners, you can aerate in reverse, do trim and edges with ease and significantly improve hole quantity and quality vs. that of drum aerators.
The AE1300H also features Patent Pending Variable Aeration Density (VAD™), to create 2-10 times more holes and drum models in one pass. This will save you a significant amount of time, because there is no need to aerate two or three times like you would normally have to with a drum aerator. VAD™ also offers you the ability to do patch repair and seed bed prep in one pass by simply slowing down over bare spots.
We love this machine, it offers unrivaled maneuverability, fatigue-free, one-man crew operation and improved production. It also has independently moveable arms that drive plug depths up to two times that of drum aerators.
In no time at all, your pitch will be aerated and compaction-free, ready for the warmer temperatures in March when the grass (and the footballs!) will be kicked back into life.