Category: Soil Renovation

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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Springtime Scarification

By Grassgroup, March 14, 2016 10:07 am

Coming out of this year’s long wet winter, there is now an ideal window of opportunity to boost turf health once growth gets underway this year. Well timed scarification can encourage healthy growth, tackle disease and make the turf less susceptible to attack by pests. Greenkeepers and groundsmen can also save on chemical and fertiliser costs through these practices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By getting  into the turf with a scarifier in the spring and take out the dead areas and moss that has grown, the fresh cleaned-up  turf will then make overseeding more effective, and ensure that fertiliser and top dressing can get into the sward. New growth can then infill as the season progresses, making for a harder-wearing, more resilient sward. A clean sward makes the best use of nutrients, water and air throughout the growing season. Scarification can have a dramatic effect on turf at a key time of year as air gets into the plant, stimulating vigorous growth.” Thatch can also harbour pests such as wireworms and chafer grub eggs, whereas strong spring growth means they have nowhere to go so making best use of fertiliser, and minimising the need for pesticides not only helps cut costs, but is also better for the environment, Selecting the right machinery as always depends on the area to be treated and the amount of material to be removed. For greens and tees, light and compact machinery is needed to protect the fine turf. The ATT TMSystem offers the ideal opportunity to make the most of machinery – greenkeepers who have the cutting units can quickly and easily swap for a scarifying reel. The options range from the pedestrian INFiNisystem unit which is the ultimate lightweight turf maintenance unit, to cassettes for greens triples and fairway mowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tractor mounted options for greens and tees include the Rotadairon ED130 dethatcher from the renowned range of maintenance equipment, which also offers the versatility of use as a spiker. The ED130 can work to 60mm deep, rapidly clearing out dead material into an optional collector.The industry is being encouraged to move away from quick fixes and expensive potentially damaging chemicals and make a return to good regular methods and clearing out the turf in the spring is an excellent example of this.

 

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Soil renovation? Go for the original, go for RotaDairon!

By Grassgroup, February 26, 2016 3:33 pm

ROTADAIRON – The original reverse tillage system for soil renovation, soil cultivation, burying of stones & debris, fine surface preparation, levelling & rolling, and seeding – all in one pass, with one machine and one person!From its formation in 1958 the Dairon Company has long been the standard by which other machines are ranked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With legendary reliability and hard wearing precision parts, RotaDairon machines give the owner peace of mind as well as a terrific finish. Within the full range available from The Grass Group that includes, Combi-Seeders, Stoneburiers, Dethatchers, Renovators and Overseeders there is something that is applicable for any job at any time of the season. Contact us for further information or to arrange a demonstration and see for yourself why quality and value is always the best route to the best finish!

 

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Good grooming provides excellent presentation all year round!

By Grassgroup, February 8, 2016 11:16 am

Well-groomed greens are on every greenkeeper’s wish list, providing the optimum playing surface for an increasingly discerning membership while promoting robust, healthy turf. The Advanced Turf Technology (ATT) TM System™ ‘Ultragroomer’ can provide exceptional results on high density swards on greens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treatment with the Ultragroomer every week to 10 days minimises the phased management effect, using thin tipped blades at 5mm spacings. The Ultragroomer can also during the current damp warm spell be used to great effect to remove moss and lateral growth, resulting in a healthier more disease resistant plant.  On other varieties of grass on greens such as creeping bent and fescue, Poa annua invasion can be a major headache for greenkeepers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ultragroomer can help to control this by grabbing and pulling out the seedheads, minimising seeding. It can also take out Poa plants by their shallow roots, while leaving the finer rooted Bents intact. Greenkeepers can also use the Ultragroomer to control grain, either on sloping greens or where shade encourages the grasses to grow in the direction of the light.

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Why choose a RotaDairon Stone Burier / Soil Renovator for your budget?

By Grassgroup, February 4, 2016 4:07 pm

There are now many brands of stone burier machines available on the market today but the RotaDairon is the original reverse tillage machine specifically designed and constructed to tackle all types of soil and achieve a quality seedbed in one pass.The machine works in a reverse tillage operation, the stones, clods, old turf and debris are centrifugally separated out and thrown to the bottom of the soil profile. A screen at the back of the machine gradually releases the renovated material with the finest soil at the top, this then passes under the levelling bar, seeding unit (if attached) and mesh roller.Favoured by many golf course, turf growers and landscaping professionals these high quality, rugged machines cultivate and renovate the soil, burying stones and debris providing the perfect finish for quality grass seeding results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designed to minimise damage to soil structure and compaction problems these machines will truly achieve optimum seedbed conditions.RotaDairon machines are built to last with specially designed rotors, blades, heavy duty construction and legendary reliability. Precision seeder attachments also enable us to cultivate, stone bury, level, roll and seed in one pass. This translates into a more efficient and cost effective machine that will give years of reliable service. For further details about the range available, contact us.

 

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Cut, scarify and collect in one pass with the Trilo C15

By Grassgroup, October 30, 2015 11:02 am

Trilo, available from The Grass Group have for over 25 years offered professional, time-saving solutions that can be used for a wide variety of tasks.One such machine is the Trilo C15 .The versatile Trilo C15 is a fully mounted, PTO driven, flail/scarifier collector with a working width of 1.5M. Specifically designed for tractors of 28HP and above, having a single acting hydraulic system to operate the hopper emptying mechanism. A multipurpose machine, this robust and compact unit in its raw state will collect cut grass, leaves, moss,horse droppings and other debris from rough or fine areas. The 18 wind paddles fitted to the heavy duty finely balanced rotor ensure a thorough uptake of material into the 1.1M3 capacity hopper. The material is discharged by operating the cab-mounted single acting hydraulic lever which raises the rear of the hopper, allowing compact tidy heaps to be deposited at disposal sites. The dust cover ensures that the operator is free from any dust when operating in dry conditions.However, the Trilo C15 comes into its own when combined with twisted flail blades to give a really “finegrass” cut with grass stripes afterwards. It is equipped with easily adjusted steel rollers front and back to set the depth and /or cutting height. Add to that a scarifying unit and the C15 will, in one pass, leave the grass clean and striped, aerated and well groomed in one pass – regenerating previously matted and stale ground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The scarifying unit comprises 3 mm thick verticut blades and can remove a large amount of thatch. The hard faced steel Y-shaped blades can be used with the verticut blades to improve the finish still further.Both types of blades are reversible to double their life time and reduce the operating costs. Changing the wear resistant blades is easy to do because of the quick-change clips used.

 

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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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Trilo S Line, your multipurpose machine

By Grassgroup, May 19, 2015 3:21 pm

Once machines were built for one purpose and one purpose alone a machine that could mow was only a mower, a machine that could sweep was only a sweeper. Over the years, better design and the need to be budget conscious has led manufacturers to design machines that can offer more than one use – think to the incredible range of cassettes available from ATT as part of the TM System – everything can offer more than one purpose and deliver a lot more to the Greenkeeper or Groundsman.

 

 

 

 

 

Every machine in the Trilo S Line range can do more than one thing, from the smallest Trilo S3 through to the mammoth Trilo S20 every machine is a vacuum sweeper, a scarifier collector and also a mower collector. This give the customer the advantage with both cost and usability, a Trilo is now a machine that is out of the shed all year undertaking many tasks and with the precision design and fantastic build quality performing them all to the top standard. Your Trilo is a year round investment that will repay you over many years of reliable service and will perform at the highest standards that have been proven over the last 25 years in the UK.

 

 

 

 

 
Trilo S3 in action

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Pitch renovation

By Grassgroup, May 7, 2015 3:01 pm

Scarifying

Spiking

Fertilising

Seeding

Topdressing

 

 

 

 

As well as these tasks you will also need to at some stage to think about weed control.  At some stage you will need to consider where your weed killing programme fits into the picture of your pitch renovations.

If the list above is taken as a sequence of events, then you won’t go far wrong with your renovation, though you may need to give some further attention to goal mouth and centre spot areas which will be covered later.

Scarifying: however you achieve it, you will need to clean out the surface, removing the remnants of old divots etc. and to get rid of the build-up of dead organic matter accumulated over the winter months. Thatch can build up particularly on the wings of the pitch, away from the more intensively played areas in the centre and goal mouth areas. Before carrying out this task you will need to reduce the height of cut. This will not only help your grass to establish better, but will help your machinery to carry out the work without struggling the TM System from ATT fitted with Thatchmaster cassettes can give you a really good finish and remove matter without too much disturbance.

 

 

 

 

 

A tractor drawn Trilo scarifier with either a three point linkage or a large vacuum collection model, are probably the most traditional methods, and most likely within the means of most clubs and schools, allowing the job to be completed in one operation. This method can be advantageous as the scarifying tines can leave a grooved surface, ideal for ensuring over sown grass seed is buried just beneath the soil surface and in contact with the soil. Whichever method you use, you will be aiming to achieve a surface that is short and clean with a finished mown height of 13mm to 20mm that will give your grass seedlings time to grow and establish without competing too much from the existing grasses.

Fraise Mowing with the GKB Combinator is an operation that is becoming popular to those that can afford it (mostly Premiership clubs fall into this bracket). Topping is extremely efficient at removing the top organic layer of the pitch however; you will effectively be starting again with a newly sown surface so your seeding rates will need to be higher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relieving compaction is important, and spiking as deeply as possible is required. There are several ways this can be achieved and to a depth of 250 – 300mm. Pay particular attention to your goalmouth and centre spot areas, and don’t forget too the off pitch areas where your linesmen and spectators stand.

Fertilising: A good pre-seeding fertiliser, typically one low in nitrogen and high in phosphorus and potash, will provide the young seedling with the essential nutrients to root quickly and to resist disease. This should be worked into the surface, brushed or drag matted in. Water in if rain is not expected.

Seeding: Obtain a good quality rye grass seed mixture for your renovation. Fresh seed is important as old seed will not germinate as greatly or as well as new. Look at the STRI list for the range of recommended cultivars, listed by fineness of cut, resistance to disease etc. and choose a mixture with the characteristics suited to your needs and situation.

The roller can be lowered on the final run to firm the surface and ensure good soil to seed contact. Alternatively the use of seed drills will help to bury the seed into the surface and at a depth where it won’t be subject to drying out. This method will produce a linear seeding pattern and it is best to complete two passes or more at a slight angle to the first.

Topdressing: Chosen wisely for compatibility with your current root zone is an essential ingredient to ensuring good surface levels. If you employ the services of an agronomist then he will have advised you of the best topdressing for your situation. This may typically have been a medium to fine sand and of a quantity of 60 to 80 tons per pitch.

Low areas in the pitch can be concentrated on. Minor dips and hollows that collect water, noted during the winter, can be further spiked. A slightly heavier topdressing spread than the surrounding area will help to raise these areas, though be careful to ensure the topdressing is worked into the holes and into the base of the sward. The topdressing should not be thick and left covering the top of the grass, as this will only lead to a weakened sward. Repeat the operation if necessary and check it with a straight edge.

Goalmouth and centre spot areas: At this time of year how much grass is still around in these areas depends on a number of factors, and is a combination of the condition of the sward at the start of the season, number of games played, the conditions that they were played in and finally the adopted post match and winter maintenance regimes. Suffice to say that the wear can range from minimal with some pitches sustaining little loss of grass in the goalmouth area to an area or strip if you like running the whole length of the pitch completely devoid of grass cover.

Some goalmouth areas may even have lost both grass cover and soil, where the soil has migrated out of the area. In these areas it is important that they receive more concentrated effort to relieve compaction and to bring the surface levels back, by importing and incorporating new material compatible to your native soil or by using something like the GKB Cultirol to break up and level the soil.

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March, time to Mow, Scarify and Ultragroom

By Grassgroup, March 2, 2015 11:32 am

A steady rise in ground temperatures leads to the grass starting grow in March although with this year’s wet ground it may take longer for the ground temperatures to rise so growth may be sporadic. Planning and material acquisitions for renovation should now be under way although pitch and course presentation at this time of the year remains important. Well striped pitches with lines that are both bright and straight, and goalposts that are both upright with nets that are tidy, will help to take the eye off some of the thinner areas of grass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later this month you will need to start seriously thinking about and gearing up for you renovation programme, and tying up any loose ends to ensure that you programme runs smoothly. March is the month where extra pressure can be placed on the groundsman to get the games on at any cost, with the idea that pitches will recover under better growing conditions and a renovation programme the same applies to golf courses and presentation as more rounds are now being played.

 

 

 

 

 

Surface cleaning: However you achieve it, you will need to clean out the surface and get rid of the build up of dead organic matter that will have built up, particularly on the wings of the pitch, and the remnants of old divots etc. A well made  scarifier or scarifier collector would be perfect for performing this task, giving the turf light and air as well space to regrow. An operation that is becoming popular to those that can afford it (mostly premiership clubs fall into this bracket), fraise mowing is extremely efficient at removing the top organic layer of the pitch however, you will effectively be starting again with a newly sown surface, so your seeding rates will need be higher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topdressing, choose wisely for compatibility with your current rootzone. If you employ the services of an agronomist, then he will advise you of the best topdressing for your situation. If you cannot afford to topdress, you may consider hollow coring, recycling them by breaking them up and dragmatting them back into the surface. Ultragrooming is also a good options to dramatically reduce the need to topdress, standing up the leaf and removing thatch and other organic material.

 

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