Regrowth of Bahama grass part of QC field maintenance plan

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The Queen’s College ground at the last visit

While rogue grass has once again taken over the Queen’s College ground, Chairman of the school’s Board, Alfred Granger, has indicated that allowing the grass to replenish is all within the process of renewing the field.

Two weeks ago, Stabroek News reported that weeds had once again taken over the ground despite efforts made last year to rehabilitate it.

In September, after being overgrown for some months, the wild grass was cut and the ground harrowed and levelled.

Granger had said then that the administration was considering purchasing grass for the ground, but on Tuesday he related that that option was too expensive and so they were giving time to allow the Bahama grass to grow and spread.

Bahama grass, scientifically named Cynodon dactylon and also commonly known as Bermuda grass and devil grass, among other monikers, is used extensively to carpet fields for the playing of a range of sports.

Granger said that the grass had been on the field before and so, after harrowing, needed time to rejuvenate.

The Bahama grass, he related, also chokes out other weeds. He stated, therefore, that the grass cannot be slashed until it grows to a certain extent and added that he expects there will be a fair covering by the time the rains cease, and that the field should be fully covered by mid-year.

Granger also related that the field is expected to be used in early February for an engagement involving the school’s New York Chapter.

He assured that the Board has a plan for the field’s maintenance moving forward but the search is still on for a groundskeeper and an assistant.

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