Australia day is almost here! YOU’VE GOT THE SNAGS, COOPERS PALE ALE, INFLATABLE HAVAIANAS AND EVERYTHING ELSE YOU NEED TO CELEBRATE OUR GREAT NATION ON AUSTRALIA DAY. BUT WHAT ABOUT YOUR BACKYARD CRICKET PITCH?
IT WOULDN’T BE AUSTRALIA DAY WITHOUT A CONTROVERSIAL GAME OF BACKYARD CRICKET.
Take your game of backyard cricket to the next level by creating a specialised pitch.
WE’VE PUT TOGETHER YOUR GUIDE TO AN EASY BACKYARD CRICKET PITCH FOR YOUR AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS! And the best part, it only takes a few hours.
Step 1: Start with marking out either a half size pitch (10 meters) or full size pitch (20 meters) if you’re lucky enough to have the room.
Step 2: Use a lawn mower to cut down your pitch one level at a time until it is much lower than the surrounding grass. As the height of the grass gets lower, mow cross ways as well as length ways to ensure the grass is cut as low as possible.
Step 3: Use a rake to collect the grass clippings.
Step 4: Repeat the process in step 2 to expose more soil. This time, leave any excess lawn clippings.
Step 5: Using a lawn water roller, roll over the pitch length ways repeatedly to compact the wicket as much as possible. If you don’t have a lawn water roller, they are available at Newtons Building and Landscape Supplies OR for hire from our friends at Statewide Hire.
Step 6: Insert wickets and paint or mark your creases.
Step 7: Grab your mates and start playing.
TIP: Want to make your pitch more pro? Top dress the pitch with a sandy loam to fill in any ridges or holes. This will provide an even better batting surface.
Need help? The team at Newtons Building and Landscape Supplies got you covered!
PSSST! It’s ok, we can also help you get that backyard cricket pitch back to looking like a luscious green lawn in no time.