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Tony Harling
Posted 31 Jan 2012
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I am looking to tyne our square a couple of times before the end of February. With the winter being very wet I am thinking of using this cold snap to get on to it. Any thoughts as to why not?? Tony
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matt w
Posted 1 Feb 2012
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there is nothing wrong with spiking in a cold snap just make sure the ground is not frozen. once done the frost will get down the holes and help break up the compaction even more
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eddyinfreehold
Posted 1 Feb 2012
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There is however a large school of thought that says 'keep off' when the grass is frozen. You will see why when it thaws to leave blackening where you've been, breaking the frozen shoots and the point of growth.
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matt w
Posted 1 Feb 2012
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when the ground is soft you should be ok
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md 80
Posted 1 Feb 2012
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Spiked mine on Monday, then fertilised with a 4-0-24+2%FE.
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barry glynn
Posted 1 Feb 2012
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What do I do? I just cut the grass.

I wouldn't go anywhere the square when frost is about. Just because the top is soft isn't enough for me.
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md 80
Posted 1 Feb 2012
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No frost here on Monday. Yesterday was our first frost this week.
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lez
Posted 2 Feb 2012
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if its not broken dont fix it

Did mine yesterday with 10 mm pencil tines down to 5 inches
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Aintgottaclue!!
Posted 2 Feb 2012
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I may cut grass, but i'm not green !!

why would you want to tine in Feb anyway?
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A J
Posted 2 Feb 2012 Last edited: 2 Feb 2012
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Aintgottaclue!!
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Aintgottaclue!!
Posted 2 Feb 2012
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I may cut grass, but i'm not green !!

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOl, it was a serious question though AJ!!
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A J
Posted 2 Feb 2012 Last edited: 2 Feb 2012
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Sorry pal but I couldn`t resist!

I`m sure lez like others have their reasons as we all do in tine selection, Depth, Ground conditions and so on do come into play with knowing your own ground.
But I think lez may have already answered by he`s description of using pencil tines.

We did the last of our spiking with 7mm pencil tines at the beginning of Jan because we felt that we had achieved enough deep spiking every month since august with one deep verti-drain October. All because the weather allowed us too.
With the frosts were experiencing at the moment i feel we got our timing right. last winter we only managed two spikes. This AW we have cut squares every two weeks or so all over the winter prior to frosts.
Next time we can get on the squares after the cold snap, cutting and light rolling will continue.


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