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BTME 2016, No snow but lots of show!

By Grassgroup, January 26, 2016 8:09 am

This years BTME was as busy as ever for The Grass Group, with a record number of visitors to and enquiries from the front of Hall A. Of course the ATT range is always of great interest but with a greens triple set up on the stand with the TMSystem range this year the stand had a very hands-on feel to it.










Along with an ATT demonstration table and the ever popular CTI Tine and bedknife range the stand was full of enquiries from the beginning to the end of each day. The installation of green Progressive ProFlex outside raised eyebrows and questions over this new version of the ever popular machine and will undoubtedly lead to the red or green choice coming at order time!











Overall we at The Grass Group felt that the show was well attended and the from the feedback we received there is a lot more positivity in the market for 2016! Now, lets start planning 2017……..


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Say Whaaat?!

By Grassgroup, September 15, 2015 11:22 am

You may have seen our recent post on Leslie Cain using the words “Favourite, Fundamental and Fantastic” to describe our ATT INFiNiSystem. Well, we were so flattered and think it’s important you know just what people are saying about our machine so we thought we’d make a bit of a thing about it. So… A warm welcome to this edition of “Say Whaaat?”.

You never know you might even see something you’ve said :)

Some were blown away that an electric mower could work:

“Electric mower I thought no way, seen it in the flesh I’m now 1 of the converted

“Changing the rules of the game #sustainability

Some loved the quality:

“Had this winger down a few pitches this week @turftechnology 30″ INFiNiSystem, effective and a great finish!”

“Day off or take advantage of @thegrassgroup electric/battery cylinder mower trial. Superb micro cut 30″ cut 3 hrs”

Other just plain loved it:

“Gave this a good run for its money today suitably impressed

“Had a go of the demo machine the infinicut ultragroomer this week, very impressive piece of kit!”

Superb piece of kit”

“Been trialling the infinicut ultragroomer this week, very impressed with it”

“Would highly recommend [a demo], nothing comes close in my humble opinion”


Now if that doesn’t make you want to try our machine our I don’t know what will!!

If we’re honest we think we deserve some cakes in celebration… who knows we might even bring them to the demo with us….



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New Machine from GKB

By Grassgroup, July 13, 2015 1:13 pm

Introducing the GKB TopAir: a roller and aerator able to control any grub situation and aerate.









Designed for the sports turf industry, this is an innovative, sustainable machine as it combines rolling and aerating meaning you only have to pass once. You are saving on time constraints and CO2 emissions… WIN WIN.

The machine has specially designed GKB Evolente blades. The shape of blades means less friction and less lateral force. Your top layers remains intact and less power is used. The fitted trim sliders will help with grub control.

The depth of aeration is 16cm and can be regulated through the height-adjustable roller and the easily readable measuring rod. The pressure of the roller can also be adjusted by adding up to 300kg of water.

Sustainable, innovative and great quality – what’s not to like?!

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Why do we Topdress?

By Grassgroup, February 19, 2015 3:44 pm

Why do we Topdress?




Thatch control, drainage, correcting compaction, and smoothing surface irregularities are four of the primary reasons for topdressing.

Top dressing is one of our main tools for promoting firm and true putting surfaces. It is also the key ingredient for making the greens indigenous to improving the cultivar of grass that we are trying to promote. It is one of the most important jobs we do to improve ariation in the soil with sand particles breaking down any OM (organic matter).

Through the growing season we aim to top dress once every four to six weeks and we usually apply around six dressings per year (trying to achieve around 150 tonne of sand per year). * Royal Cromer Golf Club

How much does it cost per year to Topdress a Golf Course?

A golf course uses annually approximately 110 tonnes of topdressing per hectare, this works out at on average 120-150 tonnes annually although links courses can use up to 350 tonnes a year.**

Again on average the cost per year of topdressing material alone can be in the region of £8,000 (without any labour or machinery costs). **

Are there any alternatives to Topdressing?

Yes Ultragrooming,

What is Ultragrooming?

Ultragrooming is a process that removes the puffiness and thatch from your greens and fairways significantly reducing the need to topdress.

With regular use it is the pre-eminent solution to help minimize puffiness and remove organic matter in both high density creeping bent and Bermuda grass thereby reducing the scalping and foot-printing that plagues these new grasses. It will remove unsightly seed heads in Poa annua turf with minimal fuss. On newly established greens it can help reduce the ingress of Poa annua by “grabbing” individual Poa plants before they get a chance to take hold. It will produce a superior fine leafed Poa turf stand when used regularly on Poa dominant greens.

A single ATT Ultragrooming cassette is fitted with over 80 1.3mm tungsten tipped Carbide blades spaced at 5mm apart designed to vertically groom through the grass standing it up and removing thatch, letting in light, air and moisture to enable better and stronger growth naturally without the aid of large amounts of Topdressing material.

How much does Ultragrooming cost?

As part of the TM System, an Ultragrooming cassette package to fit your existing triple mower costs in the region of £5,230 and cuts down the need to top dress dramatically, you will see improvement in your greens, reduced costs due to the need to top dress less and also environmental benefits from not paying for and also the shipping of expensive and dwindling stocks of sand.

We estimate that through the cost savings you’ll make in the first year alone through decreased use of topdressing material you will have more than paid for the Ultragroomers and will then also have a basis for a full turf maintenance package of fourteen cassettes that you can build on year on year.

The question is really not why do why Topdress, but why don’t we Ultragroom?












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Renovation? Fraise mowing? You need the Combinator!

By Grassgroup, December 5, 2014 11:45 am

As renovations move on at pace and people are already looking towards spring – fraise mowing is becoming more and more popular in the golf environment as well as the sports turf world. The Combinator from GKB, available exclusively through The Grass Group is a heavy-duty fraise mower for removing unwanted surface matter such as poa-annua, thatch, weeds or the entire surface.







The GKB Combinator has been specially developed for work on grassy areas. As the top layers can be cut to a length of 0 to 5 cm, the machine is suitable for both fraise mowing and verticutting. The Combinator can remove both the top layer and grass cover.The cut material is then taken away by a horizontal and an elevating conveyor belt. The elevating conveyor belt can be folded away neatly onto the machine (for transport). The depth can be varied by adjusting the conveyor rollers to match the threaded spindles. In all models, adjustment of both the rear and forward rollers is done using a pendulum system.  The Combinator can also be used for the removal of infill material in artificial surfaces. When renovating artificial turf it is often necessary to replace the infill material, by equipping the Combinator with a special brush the infill material can be brushed off the field. The in­fill material is then transported to a conveyor belt, so that it can easily be collected and disposed of.

The GKB Combinator Fraise Mower in action


If you need to fraise mow during this renovation period, contact us for further information.


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Keep getting the results on your winter pitch!

By Grassgroup, November 17, 2014 1:42 pm

The winter sports pitch groundsman has his work cut out, trying to keep the playing surface looking and performing at its best at a time of year when grass growth is at a minimum and daylight hours limited. Add to this a busy fixture list and weather conditions that stress the sward and predispose wear, and maintaining ground cover becomes an even bigger challenge.

Preparation is key, along with regimes and techniques that minimise further stress on the turf.Make use of favourable conditions in the autumn to get your turf in the best possible condition for the months ahead, Scarify to remove dead material and create a good growing medium for overseeding, attend to any drainage issues and top dress to level and condition the surface.

On local authority and school pitches which may be bordered by trees, don’t forget the importance of removing leaves and debris.

Use a vacuum sweeper to clear the pitch and remove any grass clippings – get as much light and air to the turf as possible, If you need to continue this as the weather deteriorates, a Trilo vacuum is the least aggressive method, making minimal contact with the turf, avoiding stress and possible damage that could occur with a flail collector. Using a Trilo blower can help take the dew off and is useful if you need to cut travel on the pitch.








As winter progresses, late overseeding on may on some surfaces be suitable, this is where the Dairon RGD seeder can produce excellent results in combination with the underpitch heating and artificial lighting rigs that are commonly used.
It’s better to look after the pitch as best you can so that it is ready to scarify and seed as soon as the weather improves in February or March. In most circumstances the grass is now moving into its dormant phase and just needs protecting until the spring.


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Maintenance is the key to Synthetic Surfaces

By Grassgroup, November 5, 2014 12:14 pm

With any synthetic surface maintenance is the key to keep it working at its best and also giving it the greatest chance of achieving a long life without serious overhaul. Whilst many of the manufacturers will tell you that synthetic surfaces need hardly any maintenance this is not actually the case.

As with natural turf you need constantly care for the surface, regular brushing keeps debris and contaminants off the surface and is also a good way to spot anything that may not be 100% and requires further attention. In order to combat compaction – the result of use from wearing the surface faster than it should you also need to aerate the surface as you would on turf surface to stand the fibres up and agitate either the sand of rubber located within so that it is not settle and can more as well as keeping the water drainage properties of the surface working at their optimum.


Natural and artificial turf experts GKB machines have a range of machinery that can assist with your maintenance programme, from brushes through to aeration and cleaning devices that can enable you to keep the surface in fine condition and give it a longer lifespan through a regular maintenance regime.

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Trilo T25

By Grassgroup, August 8, 2014 8:35 am

The Grass Group is happy to announce that Trilo have developed a demountable vacuum container as a result of more European countries no longer allowing tractors in built up areas within the city limits.








The TRILO T25 vacuum container is ideal for collecting litter, leaves and hedge trimmings. The container can be used on its own or can be placed on a truck. The T25 has an improved capacity due to a differently positioned turbine. This Guarantees an excellent ‑ filling degree of the container.

The 6 blade fan has been reinforced for extremely strong suction power and long life. Because of the high quality sound dampening package and quiet fan the noise level of the machine is only max 87 dB(A) at the operators workplace, which makes it also suitable for urban areas.

With joystick controls or radio control, digital screen for fuel and water levels, water ‑filling point at working height and programmable LED lights make the T25 a user friendly and flexible machine. The 500 litre plastic water tank means there is no corrosion and 125 litre fuel tank make it possible to continue to work longer. The electrical installation is completely revised and daily maintenance is easy because of easy to reach access points. The T25 is available with various low emission engines.











• High capacity

• Long lasting

• Quiet

• Maintenance friendly

• Reliable

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ATT Climbs Mountains

By Grassgroup, June 2, 2014 7:48 am

Alpe d’Huzes is a Dutch cycling event in which the competitors tackle one of the main mountain challenges that make up part of the Tour de France all in the name of charity and since its inception in 2006 has raised over 70 million euros for the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF).  

This event in which the participants, either alone or in a team, raise money to contribute towards the battle against cancer. Under the motto “Giving up is not an option” the race involves climbing the legendary Alpe d’Huez mountain up to a maximum of 6 times during a single day.

Competing in this year’s event and representing the Philips Lighting team on Thursday the 5th of June is Tim’s brother Richard who like Tim is a keen cyclist. The Grass Group and ATT are delighted to be supporting him in this worthy event as one of his main sponsors for this event along with Hertz and DPE.

This morning Richard has arrived at the training camp in the Alps to prepare for this mammouth event and make all the final preperations.
We would like to wish Richard the very best of luck and will keep track of his progress via in this challenging and remarkable event.

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ATT TM System Demo Day at Diss Golf Club

By Grassgroup, April 10, 2014 4:39 pm

The Grass Group carried out another productive demo day with the ATT TM System products yesterday, this time at Diss Golf Club. The sun was shining and we had a good turnout including Greenkeepers from Ely Golf Club, Eaton Golf Club and Stowmarket Golf Club.
After a detailed technical talk from General Manager Jeremy Vincent, we gave a hands on demonstration of the INFiNiPower with the Smart Ultragroomer Cassette installed. After one pass across the putting green, it was a delight to see the amazed faces of the greenkeepers when they saw the quantity of grass that had been effortlessly removed from the green without a trace.

The people attending also commented on how amazingly quiet the mower is and how it’s a great feature of the mower to have a battery or petrol option as you don’t have to be constantly breathing in fumes when you are using it.
Stuart went on to demonstrate the ATT SmartVibe Rollers fitted to a Jacobsen Eclipse triple mower.








Karyn had the task of taking lots of photographs of all of the products, including the 22” and the new 26” INFiNi.








Thanks go to Stuart Paterson from Ernest Doe for sending out the invitations and organising the bacon butties, and thank you to Rob from  Diss Golf Club for all of his help.




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