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The original state.
Fence between court 3 and new court 4 area removed.
Long grass removed from new court 4 area.
Laser-surveying the levels.
Work paused while an issue over the levelling of court 3 is resolved.
Underground concrete foundations for former tennis court net-posts come to light in the new court 4 area.
The top 2 cm of soil is removed by a Koro machine.
The former tennis court net-post foundations cause some trouble.
Deeper excavation on court 3 - removing the next 10cm of soil.
Levelling court 3. Two concrete tennis net-post foundation blocks now removed.
Deeper excavation on court 4. Four more concrete tennis net-post foundation blocks removed.
More levelling work. Some temporary fencing added around the court 4 area.
More levelling work on both courts.
Replacing the original topsoil. 3 hours lost with a burst hydraulic hose.
Spreading the first batch of replaced topsoil and levelling with the Laser Grader.
Remainder of court 3 topsoil replaced, but further work limited by a heavy rain shower.
Too damp for further earthworks.
Further surface preparation.
Spreading the first layer of new topsoil.
More topsoil spreading.
Remaining topsoil spreading and surface grading.
Final surface preparation.
Seeding and fertilising.
The germination blanket is laid. Rain is forecast for tonight, so the seeds should be off to a good start.
Five days on from laying the blanket, and a couple of rain-fronts and a frost have passed. No growth visible so far.
Ten days on from laying the blanket. The weather has been cool with occasional rain. Still no grass growth visible.
Three weeks after seeding. At last a few sparse signs of new grass, but only in a few places around the edges. The germination blanket is now getting pretty scruffy and torn.
Nearly 5 weeks after seeding, and the weather has been quite cold for the last couple of weeks. Nevertheless there's a definite hint of green to be seen in some places, though the germination is still very sparse and the growth slow. Rain is forecast for tomorrow morning, which will be welcome, but then it turns cold again. The germination blanket was pegged back in place a while ago, but it is once again torn and blown back in places, so more repairs needed.
A couple of weeks later, and we have had a pretty cold spell of weather including about 10cm of snow 9 days ago. (It thawed pretty quickly, except where some park visitors evidently enjoyed a construction activity.) The courts are slow to drain at present, especially where the germination blanket remains intact.
Still very waterlogged, and the "blanket" is breaking up in the wind.
Some 7 weeks later. The "blanket" has now been removed, and there are patches where some grass has grown thinly, but ... oh dear! Still very waterlogged after some recent rain. The drainage is evidently now very poor.