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Question Wimbledon's grass...

Does anyone know the grass care technique they use at Wimbledon??
How come they mow it so short and it is still so green?
How do they make it to court have two shades of green-I mean those lighter green stripes interlaced by darker green-is that two different grass varietes??

I have a grass court on my own,but everytime I mow it short I have to set the lawn mower to 2-3 cm,otherwise the grass becomes hay

Of course,I don't care about having Wimbledon-like grass but I'd like to know how they make it??
Or is it a best-kept secret...

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Does anyone know the grass care technique they use at Wimbledon??
How come they mow it so short and it is still so green?
How do they make it to court have two shades of green-I mean those lighter green stripes interlaced by darker green-is that two different grass varietes??

I have a grass court on my own,but everytime I mow it short I have to set the lawn mower to 2-3 cm,otherwise the grass becomes hay

Of course,I don't care about having Wimbledon-like grass but I'd like to know how they make it??
Or is it a best-kept secret...
Well first of all...for some reason, the British have the best lawn...even the frontyards have perfect grass. Id like to know how they do that.

The thing with the lighter green/darker green parts is because they just mow the parts in different directions. This is the way how its done at football stadiums, maybe I am wrong though.

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Does anyone know the grass care technique they use at Wimbledon??
How come they mow it so short and it is still so green?
How do they make it to court have two shades of green-I mean those lighter green stripes interlaced by darker green-is that two different grass varietes??

I have a grass court on my own,but everytime I mow it short I have to set the lawn mower to 2-3 cm,otherwise the grass becomes hay

Of course,I don't care about having Wimbledon-like grass but I'd like to know how they make it??
Or is it a best-kept secret...
this is the only thing I found on the wimbledon site

Maintenance of Courts
The Centre Court and No.1 Court are re-sown each year, where necessary, as soon as possible after The Championships. Contrary to popular belief, they are not re-turfed. The outside courts, although used considerably more throughout the year, are also oversown.
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I think the lighter/darker grass effect comes from sprinkling every second stripes with
chalk or other white powder.It might be possible.

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I don't think that anyone plays on centre court when wimby is not in session. so basically for 50 weeks a year it is tended to like a new baby.
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The different shades of colour is from mowing in the opposite direction. Different patterns can be made by mowing in certain ways. How they get the lawn that perfect depends a lot on the type of ground under it.
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The different shades of colour is from mowing in the opposite direction. Different patterns can be made by mowing in certain ways.
I don't think so.I tried it on my own court and it doesnt work.Only if i set mowet to cut shorter the grass is lighter on moving area.

But I can't imagine them doing that,cause that would cause funny ball bounces while playing on such mowed grass.

I think we'll need a good gardener to answer my question...

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The different shades of colour is from mowing in the opposite direction. Different patterns can be made by mowing in certain ways.
this is true as long as you have a roller at the rear of your machine,also the cylinder mowers they use give a very fine cut,Fertiliser is important of course to keep it green and also as your cutting with a box theres nothing going back in unlike with a machine without a box where the cuttings rot back into the grass feeding it.
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so its not just a quick whiz with the hose and a burst on the Flymo then?

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The different shades of colour is from mowing in the opposite direction. Different patterns can be made by mowing in certain ways. How they get the lawn that perfect depends a lot on the type of ground under it.
No. They spray paint it 2 different shades of green.
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