Manchester United completes renovation work on training ground

Renovation work to Manchester United's Carrington training ground has been completed using machinery supplied by Campey Turf Care Systems.

Head groundsman Joe Pemberton and his team of six staff began work on the training ground on 10th May to get it ready for squad training in July.

The team initially used a 1.9m Omary TER flail mower and collector before using a 2.5m Koro by Imants TopMaker to strip off existing vegetation on the pitches.

Pemberton then drafted in Sheffield-based contractor Premier Pitches to apply 40 tonnes of sand across the area using a Dakota 414 topdresser and a Koro by Imants Recycling Dresser 1900.

The renovation was completed by sowing a high quality rysegrass seed mixture using the Vredo disc seeder and a Raycan Aeraseeder.

Pemberton said:  "The pitches are level, decompacted and aerated throughout the profile and the new sward established well.  It’s definitely the best results we’ve had from our renovations.

"This was the first time I’ve ever used the Recycling Dresser. It suited our construction and I was incredibly impressed. To be able to aerate the full profile and ameliorate the rootzone with the sand in one pass without disturbing surface levels is extremely beneficial."

He added:  "It’s becoming increasingly important for us to own rather than hire specialist machinery as we need to have the flexibility to work on our pitches when training schedules and weather conditions allow.

"In the past year we’ve acquired three New Holland tractors and the Koro which enabled us to carry out a proportion of the renovations ourselves. Having seen the results, we’ll be looking to invest in several other pieces of specialist machinery over the coming months."


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