Designed to protect sites of environmental, historic or cultural importance, it also covers harrowing, rotovating
and clearing scrub.
Cutbacks in recent years have included no maintenance to vacant plots and the removal of a rotovating
service and rubbish removal for new tenants abolished.
Raymond Gee, with his wide experience of greyhound practice representing the Society of Greyhound Vets, concluded: "Starmat has advantages over ordinary sand viz safety, consistency of racing times, normal times after rotovating
and compacting, economy in tractor use and maintenance time, no need for topping up with sand.
Don't be tempted to even think of rotovating
before spring, and then only when the soil has been pre-dug before winter.
The latest batch of pigs, it must be said, have done a tremendous job at rotovating
the chicken paddock.
The Cultivit concept consists of intensively rotovating
the soil whilst blowing extremely hot air through it.
The roots will be well under the surface, so rotovating
won't disturb them.
Soil preparation is of course essential; begin by clearing the area of any larger stones or rubble that may have accummulated and if the site shows signs of perennial weeds spray them with a systemic weedkiller and leave them to die back before digging or rotovating
When conditions are not suitable for digging, planting, mulching or rotovating
we must keep off.