Bolton Wanderers pitches see irrigation upgrade

Bolton Wanderers has completed a major upgrade of its irrigation systems at the Macron Stadium and the club's training academy.

Toro irrigation in action
Toro irrigation in action
Grounds manager Richard Norton has worked with Simon Rowe of Simon Rowe Irrigation since the new stadium opened 15 years ago and together they have gradually updated the irrigation systems and sprinkler heads at both sites to be 100 percent Toro.

The final stage of the process was completed with the installation of Toro DT55 and T7 sprinklers at the training academy. Norton had asked for the kit used at the stadium to be replicated at the academy.

Sixteen Toro DT55 electric valve-in-heads (EVIH) sprinklers were installed at the academy for the surrounds and eight T7 full-circle in-pitch heads with sod cups for the centres.

Rowe said: "I recommended the combination of the Toro DT55 and T7 because together they are a great option for sport pitches, whether it’s a match pitch or training academy."

Norton said he had noticed a nice spread on his T7 Series sprinklers. They feature a single port design which aims to evenly distribute water across the spray pattern without putting too much near the head, which can otherwise wash away seed. The academy pitches were reseeded as part of the annual maintenance work.

The DT55 units provide a 15 or 25-degree arc setting and full- and part-circle watering. He uses a 180 degree setting on the touchline and 90 degree in the corners.

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