If you find your pitch is waterlogged, you will do far more harm than good, so stay off it. Whether a pitch is playable will be determined on individual circumstances, given the extreme weather conditions.
For a basic spring renovation operations such as scarifying, spiking, fertilising, seeding and topdressing are all required. If you use the list as a sequence you won’t go far wrong, though heavily used areas may need further attention.
Keep mowing on a regular basis to guarantee a good sward density. You might need, on newly established grass, lightly roll the surface before cutting to make sure no grass is pulled out by the mower's action. Also check the settings so that mowing equipment is set to keenly cut without tearing.
To maintain a good sward density make sure to continue cutting regularly, it may also prove useful on newly established grass to roll the surface to ensure nothing is pulled out by the action of the mower. Mowing equipment should be set to cut without tearing, you can let the clippings fly to assist with nutrient levels and water in the surface.
Many football and rugby clubs will be on final pitch preparations by now and as air temperatures continue to be high, during August, it is important to keep the grass plant well-watered and you should continue with mowing of the sward at least twice a week; or more if you have the resources. Cylinder mowers will provide you with the best results as well as cutting in a different direction each time.
The weather predictions for this month are that it is likely to become wetter with frequent showers just about everywhere. This is probably welcome for those without an irrigation system to keep the water reserves in the soil topped up, and particularly in ensuring that new seedlings have the right moisture levels to survive.
The recent dry weather in many parts of the country will have affected many grass pitches. Here in the Midlands, particularly in Shropshire, we have had less then 70mm of rain in the last six months - that equates to less than 3mm per week.
For those who experienced a very dry August, the chances are that despite the more inclement weather experienced during October, you will not need to go too far down the soil profile before you hit dry soil and, in some instances, only an inch or two.