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FOOTBALL


Left to right: Bradley White (recently moved to Brighton and Hove Albion), Cameron Hutcheon, Gregg Noakes (The Premier League), Scott Tingley, Harry Volland Butler and Marcus Lilley


I come to work to produce a good pitch and the pride element comes on matchday when all the hard work pays off


run the undersoil heating on auto so the soil temperature never drops below ten degrees and, as soon as we start to get constant temperatures again in the soil, it will be turned off.”


Scott puts his own fertiliser programmes together and doesn’t solely rely on soil samples when making decisions on inputs. “With a sandy rootzone, we are always having to apply granular fertilisers. When I first came here, we were doing about 35g/


m2 per month. Now we are up towards 45- 50g/m2


, but we use low analysis nitrogen feeds and just drip feed them on regularly with liquids in-between. I never used to take soil samples because we would find that, once we got them back, we would have applied something else anyway. So we now do them quarterly to make sure we are on the right track. You can do leaf tissue analysis and other tests, but they are just giving you a snapshot of that moment


in time. I don’t like being too reactive to soil samples. I think a lot of the time you can look at it and think we are deficient in calcium, potassium, magnesium and organic material, but you are always going to be as they are the hardest elements to keep in a sand-based Desso pitch. I believe as long as you are keeping your eye on it and not getting any major peaks and troughs that’s fine, but obviously the more balanced you can keep it the better. I have written the


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