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Being cruel to be kind to Tennis Courts at Wimbledon

Grassclippings - Wimbledon Tennis Court RenovationThis is the scene at AELTC Wimbledon just weeks after Andy Murray clinched the Wimbledon men's singles title on the famous grass of Centre Court reports The Daily Mail Reporter Rosie Taylor.

The grass has disappeared as groundsmen at the SW19 club strip the courts to resow them the minute the tournament is over. 

The team, led by head groundsman Neil Stubley, are tasked with the arduous job of keeping the lawns at the All England Club in perfect condition.  It's a question of being cruel to be kind in their quest for that perfect Tennis Court surface in 2014.

As well hand-weeding, rolling and mowing the grass to 8mm every day during a tournament, staff also have to replace the grass every summer.

They use specialist machinery to take up the grass called a Koro, remove weeds, areate the hell out of and till the soil, before sowing the new seed.  Wimbledon tennis courts are sown with a mix of perennial rye grass designed especially for them by seed company Limagrain, followed by a controlled-release fertiliser made by Everris to speed up growth and aid development and establishment.

Finally, the edges of the courts are sprayed with a herbicide based on Glyphosate to stop the growth of Poa Annua - a meadow grass which spreads quickly and would disrupt the perfect surface of the courts.

Read more on The Daily Mail

If your lawn is in need of a lawn renovation, the process would be something like our article describes and apart from the larger time saving equipment deployed by the Wimbledon grounds team, the flow chart of renovation would be pretty much the same for your lawn. 

Remember, be cruel to be kind and if you are over seeding a lawn then really ripping into the existing surface is the best strategy.


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