The maintenance work on the award winning pitch at the Memorial Stadium started earlier this week, with the removal of the grass playing surface in preparation for new seed to be planted.
The work this summer on the pitch is common across the world of football and involves significantly less work that was undertaken last summer.
Head Groundsman, Daryle Sullivan explains the process behind the work that is ongoing, " The work that is being carried out now is necessary maintenance work to ensure we uphold the high standard of playing surface here at the Memorial Stadium.
“The first stages of the work was to the koroing of the existing surface, to remove all the growth to a depth of 10mm, which takes about three days to complete.
“Once that stage is complete, we will then top dress the surface and apply a pre-seed fertiliser, before vertidraining the pitch to relieve any compaction to the surface.”
“We then over seed the surface for the new grass to grow and from that point, we are looking at a 14 to 18 day period of germination, where after that we can then do our first rotary cut of the new grass.
“The reason this work is done is that it removes all the weak grass and allows you to build a bed of deep-rooted grass, which is vital in ensuring that the playing surface doesn't cut up throughout the season.
“Having the surface clean, takes away all the factors that would cause issues further down the line, that would damage healthy grass growth.
“This process is something that most clubs would do every season, to keep the pitch maintained to the highest standard, that will endure the rigours of the football season.
“Our thanks go out to Premier Pitches, who have helped us through the maintenance process and have conducted their work in a timely and professional manner.”