TURF TRANSITIONS BEGIN AT THE MFC FOOTBALL PITCHES
Twice a year the pitches at Marbella Football Center are subjected to different types of treatment depending on the stage we are in. Salvador Lomeña, greenkeeper at MFC, differentiates between spring-summer and autumn-winter to apply them.
Depending on whether we move from the cold seasons (autumn/winter) to a period when temperatures are warm or hot (spring/summer), the grass changes from Ray Grass seed to Bermuda seed and vice versa.
Ray Grass seed germinates very quickly and withstands wear very well.
While Bermuda seeds show a high work tolerance, they grow very fast and their recovery potential is excellent.
In view of the summer season when the teams will start arriving at MFC, Salvador Lomeña and his team are going to replace the Ray Grass with Bermuda by making this transition in a natural way. This consists of letting the Ray Grass, by lowering its cutting height, scarifying it (a process by which we eliminate the layer of organic matter that is produced in the grass, allowing the grass to oxygenate and grow healthily) and cutting the irrigation, causing the Bermuda to take its place with the heat.
There is also another way to make this transition from Ray Grass to Bermuda with a chemical process. This involves introducing a total herbicide that eliminates the Ray Grass. After 10 days, the soil is scarified, the soil is cleaned and sand is introduced. Finally, the fields are levelled and sown, adding a little sand to the seed and then pricking and fertilising.
Thanks to the work of Salvador Lomeña and his team, the pitches at Marbella Football Center look spectacular and are widely praised by all the elite teams of world football that visit our facilities.
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