Work is underway to renovate the pitch at The City Ground ahead of the 2017-18 season.
The grounds staff have been working hard since the end of the season to prepare the surface and the top layer of pitch was removed on Tuesday afternoon.
Contractors Premier Pitches arrived on Trentside to carry out the work, and head groundsman Ewan Hunter said the renovation work is mirrored at football stadiums across the country.
He said: “It is an annual renovation, as basic as we can do. We have taken off the top 20mm of grass; this has to be done every year because of shallow-rooted weed grasses which invade the pitch. It also allows the pitch to decompact and removes any issues that we have had with the pitch. Every professional football club will be doing this or something similar.
“The process is to remove the vegetation and grass then the pitch is seeded. It will then be top-dressed with sand and aerate it with a verti-drain to break any surface compaction. We will then fertilise it and cover it with a germination sheet, water it and feed it then in about eight weeks’ time it will be ready to play football on.”