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What could be more fun than attending a music festival? Every year, close to a hundred different music festivals happen all over the globe with the single objective of uniting people together with music and good times. While many of us walk into music festivals with very little preparation, the people behind the event might not be as carefree. There are loads of things that need to be considered before throwing the perfect music festival and among these is the maintenance and preparation of the venue.
More often than not, music festivals are staged in wide, open spaces without much concrete. Anyone who’s ever been to a music festival will notice just how pristine the grass in and around the area can be. What exactly goes into preparing the venue for a music festival? You might just be surprised.
The Process of Preparing Grass for a Music Festival
1. Starting at the Roots
Did you know that some of the fields and open spaces used for music festivals don’t actually have grass to begin with? Usually, these fields are completely void of any sort of vegetation, with nothing more than just plain dirt and rocks padded across the vast space. Because this might not be the ideal conditions for people at music festivals, especially that dirt can turn into mud when mixed in with water, event planners often hire landscapers to plant grass way before the festival is even scheduled to leave some time for the newly sowed grass to grow and thrive.
2. Watering Constantly
Fresh grass might not have much of a fighting chance if it remains exposed to harsh sun. This is particularly true for grass that is planted in dry dirt. To ensure that the grass survives and thrives, maintenance teams are required to water the newly laid down carpets of grass regularly months before the event itself. This gives the grass the chance to grow and to become thicker to give guests a more comfortable and aesthetically appealing venue to dwell in. It is also during this phase that maintenance teams add fertilizer and other organic materials to help with the propagation of grass. If you’re thinking of ways to improve your own grass at home, make sure you use nothing but organic and natural fertilizers and growers as chemical based products could cause more harm than good. The same idea goes for the venues of music festivals. What’s more, using such a large amount of chemical based fertilizers could be dangerous for a crowd as big as the ones that attend festivals. Always better safe than sorry.
3. Mowing to Prevent Overgrowth
Growing grass is one thing, having it grow too much is another. While event planners always strive to bring the best out of the field when preparing for a music festival, they’re also cautious to prevent the grass from growing out of hand. This is because overgrown grass could become the hiding place for hundreds of different kinds of dangerous pests and insects that could sap the event of enjoyment and guests. Mowing the grass is an essential part of the maintenance task and actually makes up a huge chunk of the entire process. Usually, before the first day of the show, maintenance crews ensure that the grass is cut to the right length by making a quick run throughout the entire venue. Any grass that isn’t up to standards would either be trimmed down or watered, depending on the problems identified. Professional garden maintenance companies prefer zero turn mowers for large open fields because it allows them to easily manouver around obstacles such as large rocks or trees.
There’s a lot of effort that goes into preparing the venue for a music festival and although we might not notice it, it’s all of these things that make the event a memorable one for years to come.