February Rugby Maintenance Diary 2004

Editorin Rugby

Most of the tasks detailed can be undertaken within a limited budget. Local conditions and circumstances will need to be taken into account.

If any members are undertaking any specific work not detailed, please let us know by adding a comment in the section below the diary.

February tasks for Rugby





When conditions allow

Hand or machine aeration to aid surface drainage, (varying depths of penetration to prevent the development of a soil pan).

Brushing / sweeping

Daily / weekly

To remove dew and remove surface debris.


Immediately after game

To repair scars and surface damage.


Daily / weekly

Keep and eye on fungal disease attack, and use approved fungicides to treat infected areas.



Inspect drainage outfalls, channels and ditches. Ensure that they are working.

Frost and snow

As required

Keep people and equipment off playing surfaces when covered in frost and snow.

Harrowing / raking

When conditions allow

Helps to restore levels and keep surfaces open.

Irrigation equipment


Inspect installations for leaks especially after frost.

Litter / debris

Daily / Weekly

Inspect and remove debris from playing surface litter or any wind blown tree debris. Litter, twigs and leaves.

Machinery (Repairs and maintenance)

Daily / Weekly

Inspect and clean machinery after use, service and repair damaged machinery, prepare machinery ready for new mowing season.


As required

To maintain winter sward height 50-75mm

Post match renovation

After matches

  • Replace divots
  • Repair worn areas (scrummage / line out wear areas)

Pre match inspections

As required

  • Inspecting pitch surface and line markings
  • Checking post safety

Top dressing Sand / rootzone materials

As required

Localised spreading of top dressings to repair divots and scars of turf surface.
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