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Ken Barber
Posted 28 Mar 2011
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under who’s shade you do not expect to sit.

It looks like we have sunshine and showers over the next couple of weeks, so now is the time to get a feed on and take advantage of the growth surge that is coming!

I would say that today and tomorrow is a your best opportunity for applying both fertiliser and top-dressing, since soil temperatures will go up to around 12c. and top-dressing will soon get washed in!

Spring is early this year..... lets hope it hangs around!

KB
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Barry Big Shot
Posted 28 Mar 2011
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Once a muppet.....................

Hi Ken, got the bowling green verticut 4 times today and hope to get some dressing down tomorrow, ready for the rain on Wednesday, will try and get a spike in as well but not sure I will have the time. Going to trial some Velvet Bent as well, reports have been encouraging.

Vic.
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Kelvin Lockwood
Posted 28 Mar 2011 Last edited: 28 Mar 2011
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Yesterday I used our SISIS tilth n seed to overseed our new football pitch at around 20 g/m2

Hopefully I have the timing just right!

We will be using the pitch next season but also hosting a one off friendly game on Good Friday, 22nd April so I'm interested to learn how you would manage the pitch over the next four weeks.

My thoughts are cutting it in 3 weeks time, just taking the top off with our ride on rotary mower and cutting it again (shorter) the day before the game.

Leaving the cuttings on both occasions, following up with a home made rubber drag mat to leave some nice stripes for presentation!
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jlawrence
Posted 28 Mar 2011
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Of course there's no bounce, bend your back and put some bloody effort in.

Temperatures here are currently dropping again.
soil temp at 2pm today was a mere 6 degrees.
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Barry Big Shot
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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Once a muppet.....................

Ken, I always say work with the weather and ignore the forecast, then what do I do but plan a day like today only for it to rain all morning!!! Still that allowed for spiking, bit of VB down, dressing on, drag mat in, now it can rain as forecast...........................................wonder what will happen overnight???
Vic.
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Ken Barber
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under who’s shade you do not expect to sit.

Hi Vic,
I heavy top-dressed my newly built tees today. It was perfect for drying and it in. It is expected to rain from early evening and most of tomorrow here in the Midlands so that will suit this job a treat.

It must have been the driest March on record?

KB
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Barry Big Shot
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Once a muppet.....................

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Verticut.
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Barry Big Shot
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Once a muppet.....................

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Dressed.
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A J
Posted 29 Mar 2011 Last edited: 29 Mar 2011
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Always a pleasure bringing on the new seed

Got Feed our squares to day, Been humming and harring, for past few days weather to go with liquid feed or granular. This nice bit of wet stuff is just the job, and pitches crying out for it.

At this rate i'll have nothing to do for easter half term? Look forward to the egg hunting....
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Ken Barber
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under who’s shade you do not expect to sit.

You can always come over to Staverton and help me Andy...... there is always plenty to do!

Tee hee!

Start brewing in the morning.... first of the season!

KB
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Mike
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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and once you are finished at Ken's swing by our place... 6 pitch renovations, two running tracks to set out, 5 squares to get set up, 2 sets of nets, weedkilling at 2 sites, an open day to set up for... ohh, and a load of gardening courtesy of some resident staff...

Mike
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pacman75cricket
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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Vic Bowling green looks good, got some feed on the square today.

just need some rain & then more rolling come the weekend hopefully.
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Barry Big Shot
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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Once a muppet.....................

Keep pushing those stones down pac, have the potato plants on standby.
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pacman75cricket
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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Thought you said you picked them all up for me.
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Ken Barber
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under who’s shade you do not expect to sit.

Hey Mike I was first...... besides Andy is a few hundred miles closer to me. i.e. one small car journey and not a plane or ferry, followed by riding bare-back on a mule to some place in the middle of no-where, where half the people speak a different language!

Tee Hee again!
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Mike
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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Ken... I would take a trip on a mule any day, over my latest flight to Newcastle a couple of weeks ago... poxy 16 seat plane, no flight attendant, no toilet, no refreshments, no head room, no cockpit door, a Romanian pilot called Olaf who doesn't speak a word of English... that thing wasn't fit to carry cargo, nevermind someone who's already terrified of flying!!!

And as for Andy... they do direct flights from B'ham to the island, 40 minutes and he's here!!

Mike
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A J
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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Always a pleasure bringing on the new seed

Me and my big gob! I ment my squares are all done. Has to be a first for this time of year.

Hey ken not a problem, i can work a bunker rake just about. You should took advantage wile you had the chance? lol.

Yes brew's, all my bugs arrived yesterday. And thanks to your help, when school breaks up next wed, the first one will be fired up!

Mike, you got three weeks to get all that sorted. On a good day i can get our 400m track done in a day? Got pitches to renovate too. But 5 squares? Your gonna be a busy bunny this Easter? Fair play to you....

Wembley surface looking good?
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Mike
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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Manx2 sardine can
How do you like this
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Ken Barber
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under who’s shade you do not expect to sit.

I don't see no rubber band!

That the trouble with you islanders...... No balls!

KB
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Mike
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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Now where's that Donkey gone...

Andy - staff holidays don't exactly help, plus that bank hols, plus the 8 rounders pitches, and the various other stuff... wouldn't be fun if I got a chance to sit down though!
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Mike
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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...and that thing was held together with Gaffer tape and bits of hope pipe from B & Q!
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Mike
Posted 29 Mar 2011 Last edited: 29 Mar 2011
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oooh... I almost forgot... pitch and putt, including a turf tee box, astro tee box and green to build as well!
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Ken Barber
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under who’s shade you do not expect to sit.

So what you going to do next week?

KB
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Mike
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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Puppies 001
Rebuild my house as my two new puppies have ate it,... and my slippers, and my sky tv card, and my tv lead, and my lucky socks, and my dining chairs etc
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A J
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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Always a pleasure bringing on the new seed

Newcastle mike! I don't travel that far when i go abroad on me jollys. And there no way am i flying for 40mins with no in flight meal and no hair stewardess to fluff my pillow wile i have a kip, Cargo hold or not.

Ken, i hope you ain't tapping that mule with one of your sticks?
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A J
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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Always a pleasure bringing on the new seed

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Nice pair of bitches mike!

I feed mine on bakers complete, it`s cheaper?
Looks like you`ve got yourself a good couple of assistants there. Wait till they start chewing on the stumps and peeing up the covers.....

I Need to get some flee powder!!!
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Mike
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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I plan on feeding this pair on about 550 kids

Brother and sister... absolute nightmares at the moment!










Mayhem
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GRG
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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Just to keep the original thread going chaps. Overseeded two bowling greens today. Finished one at approx 11am and soil temp was 9.6 on leaving. On finishing the second one at approx 13.30, approx 4 miles away, temp was 11.9.
So drop of rain now will be brilliant.
I am not a massive fan of dogs, but i always had a weak spot for a pair of puppy dog noses!!!!!!!!
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barry glynn
Posted 29 Mar 2011
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What do I do? I just cut the grass.

Mike, last time I saw a plane like that, it was hanging from my bedroom ceiling when I was about eight (and I am very old).
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Barry Big Shot
Posted 30 Mar 2011
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Mike, good to hear the puppies are comfortable in their new surroundings. Remember this bloke?
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Barry Big Shot
Posted 30 Mar 2011
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And the other side of him. Bliss.
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A J
Posted 30 Mar 2011
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Always a pleasure bringing on the new seed

Vic,

Funny, You got no worries that fellow cocking his leg up the covers? Ankles could be a worry though....

Anyway, You been busy on green, looking good! Hopefully we will get showers today, and work everything in nicely. Never thought i`d be saying that this time of year.
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Neil Dixon
Posted 30 Mar 2011
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You all need to get big dogs lol !!!!!

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A J
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Always a pleasure bringing on the new seed


You know what they say about dogs looking like there owners? Neil i haven`t met you yet, but i would say your a good looking fellow!! lol
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Ken Barber
Posted 30 Mar 2011
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under who’s shade you do not expect to sit.

Hey Mike...... No wonder all that work is backing up....... to busy keeping them pups out of mischief!

KB
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Aintgottaclue!!
Posted 30 Mar 2011
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I may cut grass, but i'm not green !!

Big dogs, big s**t's
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Ken Barber
Posted 30 Mar 2011
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under who’s shade you do not expect to sit.

I'd post a picture of my old bitch...... But then I'd have to cook my own dinner!

KB
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Neil Dixon
Posted 30 Mar 2011
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Your not wrong there Aintgottaclue!!!!

Wheres barry, he likes dogs doesnt he!!
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GRG
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Ken Ken Ken, whatever next.
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Mike
Posted 30 Mar 2011
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Vic - could never forget Fudge!

Ken... I have a sneaking suspicion that you will be spending a lot more time on Tom Rigby's green in the near future... the term "in the doghouse" springs to mind!!

Mike
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barry glynn
Posted 30 Mar 2011
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What do I do? I just cut the grass.

I'm applying for a gun licence as we speak, and that's just for the owners.
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Keith-W
Posted 30 Mar 2011
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Warning: Dates in Calendar are closer than they appear


From Temperatures rising to Vic must say your green is looking smashing I was standing on it in February amazing what Hard work and time can do ;)
to Planes built like tonka toys and then puppy dogs and shaggy dogs truly been a great read and what makes Pitchcare's forum a Bookmark in my favourites tab.

All this talk of fine weather mind you has jinxed it
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Ken Barber
Posted 31 Mar 2011
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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under who’s shade you do not expect to sit.

I applied my first compost tea brew of the season today...... Had no choice about applying it in this wind since I started the brew early yesterday! Thank god for Bubble Jet nozzles..... A god send in windy conditions!

Lovely drop of rain last night and a little more to come yet. Lets hope it falls in our favour...... Like overnight!

KB
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