Category: Seeders

RotaDairon Factory Visit

By Grassgroup, May 8, 2017 10:49 am

A few of the team here at TGG have just returned from a visit from the RotaDairon factory in France. Although it was raining, it did not dampen our spirits we had a fantastic time. When you enter the building the first thing you see is the very first Dairon machine to be made, a reminder of how much history this family business is steeped in.

The factory set in stunning grounds in the middle of the race track at Mulsanne has always been in poll position when it comes to quality. The passion and innovation of Michele Dairon the Owner is – as ever – clear to see in every aspect of the business. He knows absolutely every detail of what goes on within those walls and he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. He is very much stuck in with the day to day problem solving and creating ideas for the next generation of Dairon machines.

The detail that goes into manufacture is immense, these machines are not just knocked together to make a quick buck. Every single element is thought through in great depth and detail resulting in the fine quality machines that RotaDairon produce today.

The factory is immaculately kept and currently in full swing production working through the mass of orders they have coming through the doors.

From design to production it is clearly a happy place to be. The excitement and passion of Michele was clear to see during our tour of the factory. Every chance he got he was on a machine to demonstrate the processes behind many of the parts that make up the Dairon machines, he literally lives and breathes his business. He and the team there are busy continually generating new ideas and developing processes to ensure the customer gets the best result possible.

Purchasing a Dairon machine is an investment, without a shadow of a doubt the best money you will spend. Whether you are looking for a self-propelled Seeder, a Stoneburier (various options available), an Overseeder or a Stabilizer – Dairon is 100% the product for you.

Contact The Grass Group today to find out more about any of the RotaDairon machines.

Email sales@thegrassgroup or phone 01638 720123.

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Winter care

By Grassgroup, December 9, 2015 9:10 am

As the weather finally changes, Frost holes may be required on some greens in the morning as this will provide protection against any inappropriate wear. Don’t forget to slit tine aerate on a regular basis and keep your aeration programme working. Over the festive period maintain the greens height in accordance with course standards using your ATT Cassettes. This will usually be no higher than 8mm. If you haven’t already finished topping the fairways, this will most likely be the last occasion for a few months before you give your Progressive mower its winter service. Keep up the ongoing battle to remove leaves on a regular basis using your Trilo machine to prevent the turf being smothered.

 

 

 

 

 

For Bowling Greens earthworms may now be a problem so drag brush daily. Aerate to keep the surface open and to improve surface drainage and drying. This may also help to reduce the effects of earthworm activity.Look out for Fusarium patch disease during mild damp spells. Sulphate of iron applications can help to reduce the chance of disease attack. Sulphate of iron can help to harden the grass against this disease. Keep the grass topped at about 10mm to 12mm high as this will reduce the chance of disease attack. For Football and rugby, divoting is a key task at this time of year as growth is very slow. Repairs need to be made in order to maintain a reasonable surface for as long as possible. A regular brush and/or harrow if conditions are suitable will help to protect your surface. Overmarking should not be neglected. In order to determine a suitable overmarking programme, consider the weather conditions and how many games have been played especially with the extra matches across the Christmas period.Slit tine aerate the pitch but be prepared to stop if conditions are found to be unsuitable, you can cause more harm by continuing and also don’t forget to sand worn areas as required and overseed as required after matches using the RotaDairon SeedCar.

 

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Cricket Renovation

By Grassgroup, August 17, 2015 9:07 am

As we near the end of the cricket season it is important to look forward to cricket pitch renovation. It is necessary to perform such a task very shortly after the last match so as to prevent the square from looking too sparse and to allow optimum regrowth before the next season.

Here at The Grass Group we have compiled some suggestions for renovating your pitch.

 

If you are looking for a complete renovation fraise mowing may be necessary.

The GKB Combinator is an apt machine for such a task, removing the top layer of grass and thatch accumulation.

For a slightly lighter approach, you can use the tractor drawn ED130 which uses its brush to collect as it scarifies. Alternatively, aggressively brushing the pitch to remove soil and debris can begin the process of renovation.

 

 

Aerification of the soil in a linear vertical, horizontal and diagonal fashion is optimal. Lots of smaller little holes tend to provide the best results. It may be necessary to flood the pitch several times in order for the ground to be soft enough for a sarel spiked roller. Our ATT TMSystem range has a sarel spiked roller perfect for the job at hand! If you use a different type of aerator, CTI tines could be complementary.

 

Next comes the OverSeeder. The small holes made during aerification have prepared the soil for the even deep spreading of the seed.

If there are particular areas that have been affected then applying a light coating of loam would be beneficial. OverSeeding can be done on a larger scale using the RGD140 or on a   smaller scale with the Seed Car.

 

 

As always, there are many different ways to renovate a cricket pitch and it is dependent on your preferences, pitch and weather conditions.

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Post match Overseeding

By Grassgroup, December 12, 2014 1:35 pm

A vital part of the recovery process after every match as well as divot collection is of course overseeding. Obviously as part of the repair process after two teams have spent the match charging up and down the pitch making divots and stressing the turf you want to use the best machine for the job to do this. In France at  Le Harve AC – who play in the French Ligue 1 they have employed an innovative solution, they use the RotaDairon Seedcar in front of the ATT 26” INFiNipower as soon as the match has finished. Like the battery powered ATT machine virtually silent in operation the SeedCar can be straight out onto the pitch before the crowds have left causing the minimum of disruption but also quickly assisting with the repair and preparation of the pitch for the next match.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available along with ATT exclusively in the UK from The Grass Group RotaDairon are one of the most trusted manufactures’ when it comes to producing high quality renovation and seeding machinery.

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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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RD150 & SMC150 Wildflower Seeder

By Grassgroup, July 10, 2014 1:20 pm

Landscapers often extol the virtues of wild flower meadows in open spaces (edges of parks, golfcourses, roundabouts etc.) rather than just grass. The idea has gained momentum as it reduces maintenance because flowers don’t need to be cut every 2 weeks like grass does. To prepare a wildflower bed the chances are that you’re starting with rough ground and will therefore need to renovate the ground first with a stoneburier. Afterwards the grass and wildflower seeds will have to be mixed and then sown in the ground. The Rotadairon solution is to carry out the operation in one go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combining a Rotadairon stoneburier with a seeder allows, in one pass, the preparation of the rough ground together with the mixing and then sowing of the grass and wildflower seed.The Rotadairon range of ground renovation equipment grow from pedestrian machines up to large contractor machines of 2 metres wide. The RD150 model is a mid-range, general purpose, machine with a working width of 1.5 metres which can be fitted with an SMC150 seedbox, again a mid-range model from a wide family. The SMC150 has the option of a hopper divider so that you can mix your own percentages of grass/wildflower mix as you go. Alternatively you can do away with the hopper divider and use a pre mixed grass/wildflower mix. In conjunction with Nova Flore, wild flower specialists, the development of the SMC150 was designed to cope with the variable sizes of different species to enable larger areas to be sown mechanically whilst maintaining a consistent spread of varieties.

 

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Pride of the fleet

By Grassgroup, July 2, 2014 11:41 am

The Grass Group vehicle fleet has had a bit of a makeover recently with our DAF lorry receiving a major overhaul. Undertaken by the specialist coachbuilders at Gazeley Coachbuilders who produce and build specialist vehicles from racehorse transporters through to bespoke motorsport trailers. Our delivery and demonstration vehicle is now equipped with a brand new floor, ramps, under body lockers and a gleaming white re-spray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lorry is fully updated, ready to go and even includes a brand new set of air horns!

Peter from our workshop team has even said that he will treat the cab to new air freshener next time he’s out in the lorry! Lined up here in our picture along with our product support vehicles, the lorry looks like a brand new vehicle and will be giving continued great service delivering ATT, Trilo, RotaDairon and Progressive machines for many years to come.

 

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RotaDairon RGD140 Overseeder

By Grassgroup, June 30, 2014 1:35 pm

With demand for golf year-round and ever higher expectations from members, improving greens is an ongoing task for Greenkeepers. The Grass Group’s Jon Proffitt explains that some clubs are not only overseeding twice a year to take advantage of the best grass growing conditions, but also like to keep on top of turf cover on a more regular basis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Hadley Wood Golf Club near Enfield, Middlesex, has had a lot of success with the Rotadairon RGD 140 overseeder, and Head Greenkeeper Simon Grand uses a rolling programme of overseeding, treating any greens that need it,” he explains.The RGD 140 is used in a cross hatch pattern, with the second pass at 30 degrees to the first, and Simon has reported strong growth after just 10 days, with the first seedlings emerging in less than a week. Hadley Wood is seeking to increase the proportion of bents in its greens, to give a hard wearing playing surface with reduced maintenance requirements. The downside, Jon points out, is that Velvet Bent is a very expensive seed, so wastage must be avoided at all costs.“Fortunately, the RGD 140 has an exceptionally accurate metering system, so Greenkeepers can calculate sowing rates very precisely,” he explains. “Using a dial on the side of the hopper, the correct position is selected for this very fine seed, applying exactly 3kg per green. It’s really easy to use.”At 1.4m wide, it has the capacity to be productive on pitches while being compact enough to work on smaller greens. “It’s such a simple machine to use – once the operator knows the required depth and seed rate, he can set it up in a matter of minutes. Overseeding is an easy and cost effective way of improving turf, and with the right machinery it can fit into the regular maintenance regime for best results.”

 

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New RotaDairon Seed-Car

By Grassgroup, June 26, 2014 3:33 pm

Extending the already comprehensive RotaDairon range and available now exclusively from The Grass Group is the RotaDairon Seed-Car. This compact pedestrian propelled seeder is perfect for small spaces with a compact working width of 700mm and a 55ltr capacity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designed for use by landscapers, turf professionals, the hire industry and also at any location with access restrictions the Seed-Car has a height adjustable handlebar with hand controls for seed distribution as well visual manual adjustment on the seed hopper to regulate flow.

With recent testing and demonstration of this new product undertaken at the RotaDairon headquarters near the world famous Le-Mans racing circuit this compact and excellent value seeder is a versatile and compact machine that can give you the advantage and ease of use when preparing and seeding a smaller area.

  • Manual operation for prepared ground
  • Compact 700mm width, large 55ltr capacity
  • Handlebar adjustment for seed distribution
  • Perfect for small spaces and restricted access
  • Stainless steel rear roller can be weighted
  • Portable and cost effective
  • Video of the machine in action

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The Lloyd Show

By Grassgroup, May 30, 2014 1:10 pm

The Grass group will be in attendance supporting our dealer Lloyd Ltd for their show days next week at Darlington Mowden Park Rugby Club, Northern Echo Arena, Darlington.

The event which takes place on Wednesday and Thursday the 5th & 6th of June will be attended by Jeremy Vincent our General Manager and also Jon Proffitt our Area Sales Manager.
We will be showcasing our full range of ATT, Trilo, Progressive and RotaDairon equipment as well as being on hand for advice and discussion. We look forward to seeing you there.

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