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Written by John Briskham   
Saturday, 14 May 2016

Harmsworth Park is currently having its annual pre-season make-over. As well as maintenance on the drains, and spreading of fertiliser and weed killer several other pieces of work have also been undertaken this year.

Over 100 tons of sand has been spread and the park has been over-seeded with 60Kg of grass seed.

In an attempt to break the pan of compacted soil beneath the surface and help with the drainage the club has also brought in a specialist contractor to carry out a deep aeration treatment.

A machine is used to hydraulically hammer a probe about 1½" in diameter into the soil to a depth of about a meter. It then releases a blast of compressed air to fracture and fissure the soil. On the tail end of the air blast, dried milled seaweed is injected under pressure which sticks to the walls of the fractures and over a period of time this swells and contracts with the moisture content in the soil.

When the probe is removed, the machine moves forward and the process is repeated using two metre centre spacings on a staggered grid pattern. The probe holes are then backfilled with aggregate to provide a semi long-term aeration/ventilation shaft allowing air and water to percolate into the fissures. The aim in breaking the compacted ground pan is that surface water will be able to reach one-metre fairly quickly before percolating deeper.

The club has also purchased a verti-drain soil reliever machine which will be used frequently on the park, spiking it providing aeration and again hopefully improve drainage.

Pictured is the machine used to carry out the deep aeration treatment
Seaweed 2

Last Updated ( Saturday, 14 May 2016 )
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