For those interested in groundskeeping, here are a couple of bits of interesting info, both from www.pitchcare.com.
On the front page is an article by David Goodjohn on cricket loam and the need to understand what your square requires. Also, on the message board is a thread on weedkilling, primarily aimed at outfields, which many clubs are addressing since the rain arrived to encourage the growth of all things green. Note, once spread it can take up to 3 weeks before the benefits are seen. Fertilising before the weedkilling will speed up the process.
Security issues have arisen at a number of clubs. Equipment and even scrap metal are now much sought after. Padlocks on sheds are a minimum requirement. To protect from unwanted bolt cutters a solid metal cover for your padlock is essential.
If any clubs have old equipment that is surplus to requirements, please get in touch. Many clubs are crying out for what other clubs would consider obsolete. We are talking netting, covers, mowers, rollers etc. The back of the shed is a good place to start. The good news is they are willing to pay for useful equipment.
The LCGA are in the process of acquiring a BMS 2" soil sampler. This can be used by clubs to examine their soil profile, checking root development , depth of loam etc.