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David H Bates
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David H Bates Jun 17
Hednesford’s Groundstaff, David and Val send our sincere congratulations to the Groundsman at Whitby Town for being adjudged,The Best Pitch in the Evo-Stik NPL for 2017/18 Val and I have done our Best to improve Keys Park as a result we were very close to taking the acclaim.
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David H Bates Jun 2
Keys Park Friday 1st May Val tipped the pitch while i added the Action Reply Seed to the Mansfield top dressing as a mix I then dressed the thinner areas. To complete our days work I Cross Cut the pitch again to give it the finish,Looks OK Not bad for Volunteers !!
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David H Bates May 31
Keys Park on Thursday 31st May. Surface was wet so we managed to Brush it first, then when Dry I tipped the grasses at 30mm , The growth is really developing nicely after the Consolidate Turf I applied on Monday, (ie 3 days ago.)I expect to cut daily to thicken the sward.
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David H Bates May 29
Hednesford Pitch by the end of the season the pitch had gone away from me ! I’m pleased to observe that today its coming back to me . We still 5weeks to go before the new season starts with the friendlies . Work still in progress. 👍😇
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David H Bates May 28
Keys Park on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May 2018. Today we are spraying the Consolidate Turf to the pitch, This is the follow up treatment to stimulate grass development,it’s important to be applied 5 days following the Seed Power application.
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David H Bates May 26
Saturday 26 May 15 Days since over seeding, should feed again within 5 Day since the Seed Power was sprayed on Keys Park,However,its been to wet to actually get the Spraying done,try again tomorrow this second spray should really bring the Seed on using the Consolidate turf
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David H Bates May 23
Keys park wed 23 may. These pics show how the grasses have developed since the over seeding with the Action Replay. on the 7th of May It’s 12 Days ago It’s going well Now we have to grow it in for the 14 July The first friendly against Mansfield
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David H Bates May 23
Hednesford Wednesday 23 May Although the grasses were still damp I decided to cut the grasses at 30 mm just to keep the turf tidy,this is the first cut since seeding 12 days ago,I’ll feed again on Saturday 5 days after the Seed Power application
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David H Bates May 21
Monday the 21st may at Keys Park. We have watered all day in this very high temperatures but that’s not really conducive to good green management the germination is good and it’s only 10 days since seedling I expect to tip the grasses in the next week so far so good.
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David H Bates May 18
Keys Park Friday 17/5/18 It’s just a week since Fine Turf Serves have carried out the over seeding with their ( Vredo) Now watering to induce and stimulate germination the signs are good even with this antiquated and labour intensive equipment. Now to apply the Seed Power Feed.
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David H Bates May 14
I applied a Pre Seed Granular fertiliserConsolidate Super start After germination I then apply Seed Power this goes on when I see the first shoot appears 5 days later I then apply a Liquid Consolidate Plus feed This shortens the period of establishment by weeks
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David H Bates May 13
A few weeks ago I contacted the FA regarding funding of a Full Drainage System They sent a representative of the IOG to asses the pitch After much talking he tried to impress me with his agronomy equipment He replied it doesn't need Drainage system What a farse
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David H Bates May 12
Day 4 of Treatments 16x 20 kg bags of Action Replay)Grass Seed Being over seeded by Ben from Fine Turf Services#fineturfservices excellent job using the (Verdo)unit.
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David H Bates May 12
Keys Park Treatments Mansfield MM35 Sand/ Toro Pro Dresser ( 60tonnes) Decompaction Blec Ground Breaker#oakleysgroundcare ( Verti Drain ) Procore Aeration (175mm Depth)
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David H Bates May 11
Keys Park Today 11th May The work is almost completed Mown Short Scarified MM 35 Sand Top Dressing Applied Ground Breaker Verti Drained Vredo over seeding Grass seed action reply Consolidate Turf Fertiliser turf 😀
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David H Bates May 7
Keys Park.7/5/18. Renovation Started. Cut pitch very short. Nets down, and Stored away. Scarified the pitch. Applied 1 tonnes Root zone to goal each mouth. Drag mat to Level. Ready for 60 tonnes of sand all over the pitch tomorrow. A really busy week ahead. Hope it's stay fine
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David H Bates May 4
I posted a Tweet saying Sharon and CWAGMS raised £ 1000 for the Kidney Donation Fund. Today, I praise my Son Simon and Nick his mate for cycling the course set out for the 2012 Olympic Games. 100 miles. Raising over £ 2000. A Magnificent Effort U 2.😇 Totalling £ 3000.👏
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David H Bates May 2
It's been 6 months since my Kidney Transplant, Today I'm delighted to present a cheque to Charlotte,in the renal dept at New Cross to the value of £ 1000. Raised by Sharron my Niece and CWAGMS a local musical society thank you all for a wonderful gesture
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David H Bates Apr 27
3 more games to be played on Keys Park Pitch before I start the End of Season Renovation (80 matches played) We start on Monday the 7th. It's vitally important to Me. that We Build on what Val and I have produced this season (if allowed too) If Not, Then watch this space!
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David H Bates Apr 26
Replying to @dbates1950
Keys Park ready for tonight's game for Hednesford v Nuneaton in the semi final of the Birmingham Senior Cup. And this is the last game for Hednesford on the Keys Park pitch for this season. Wolves Ladies play their Last fixture at Keys Park Sunday David /Val. Best wishes
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