We maintain school grounds in the East of England, primarily grass cutting, line marking, tree and hedge work. Our client has approached us to renovate a school field which has been neglected, and bring it to a useable condition for playing football, hockey etc. This is totally new territory for us, so we're looking for advice, options, to establish if it can be done in-house with a compact tractor and attachments or bring in a specialist contractor?
The field is 6-7 acres of grassland. We have just started cutting it and will continue to do so every 2 weeks. Its full of ruts, divets, small undulations, hence it being unplayable.
My limited knowledge believes there are a few options but what is best, or are there other ways?
- kill of the grass - use a stoneburier machine to bury everything and bring a fine tilth to the surface - topsoil and grade any undulations - seed - water
- remove the exisiting turf (and roots) - topsoil and grade - seed - water
- lay topsoil on top of the existing grass - roll - hope the existing grass comes back through
- plough - cultivate - stone pick - level - seed - water
I value your thoughts and opinions.