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Is enjoying the game more important than preserving it?

By Grassgroup, June 13, 2016 3:37 pm

“Paris floods: Seine level starts dropping after 30-year high.” “Northern Tasmania faces worst flooding in decades as storm heads south.” “Summer has begun but it’s colder than Christmas day.” These are all titles taken from papers in the past month showing how the weather has been behaving unexpectedly. With the weather being so unpredictable, it is difficult to deny both the effects of global warming and the continuing impact the human race has on the environment.

 

I recently read a rather interesting and thought provoking article published by the University of Connecticut: “Environmentally Sustainable Practices at Small Community Sports Facilities” by John Schumacher.

 

Ralph and Stubbs (2014, p1) say that, “the current state of the global natural environment constitutes one of the most urgent and significant challenges in recent history [and] the overwhelming view of scientists is that organisations, industries and government must adopt sustainable practices and commence mitigation again to prevent further degradation to decrease current greenhouse gas emissions and to prevent further increases in emissions in order to minimise these impacts.”

 

How, as an industry, can we change what we do in order to improve the environment? This should be a particularly poignant question for the industry we are in as we are all directly affected by global warming. As a groundsman there are different challenge faced with changing weather. Suppliers must innovate to find more environmentally friendly ways of serving our industry as ultimately, the changing weather can affect the seasonality and demand for the various sports we all serve. Albeit it not related to grass, the National Hockey League (NHL) in America released a sustainability report whereby Gary Bettman, commissioner, stated that, “[their] sport can trace its roots to frozen freshwater pond, to cold climates. Major environmental challenges, such as climate change and freshwater scarcity, affect opportunities for hockey players of all ages to learn and play the game outdoors.” This is evidence that climate change is happening and it is affecting the nature of our sport and will be directly affecting our industry.

 

So why is more not being done about it?

 

As stated by one of the interviewees, Richard in the University of Connecticut theses, “everything is budget, everything always comes back to budget [...] it all comes down to cost. So, you know, if it comes down to product made in America or not made in America, or made environmentally friendly or non-environmentally friendly… usually no one wants to look at that, they just want to know how much it costs and that’s what we have to go on.” Richard also goes on to point out that, “people care about what is happening to their tax bill right now” as opposed to in the future. Richard is correct to draw on this disparity between bills and the environment, whereby what we are only vested in is the ‘here and now’ and not the future. If we are prepared to pay sportsmen a hefty sum of money but we are not willing to invest environmentally in areas such as waste management, grounds care and office life than can we truly purport to defend the environment of which we serve? Our monetary priority should be as much about sport as it is about the environment. Indeed, protecting the game is as important as enjoying it. As an industry we should then, invest now in the environment whilst we still can, rather than in years to come when it’ll be too late.

 

Links to the above

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36451009

http://www.theguardian.com/weather/2016/jun/06/northern-tasmania-faces-worst-flooding-in-decades-as-storm-heads-south

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news.2016/06/02/summer-has-begun-but-its-colder-than-christmas-day/

http://ice.nhl.com/green/report/#buildingFuture

http://digitalcommons.uconn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2011&context+gs_theses


 

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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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Why you can’t afford not to be Ultragrooming your Bowling Green

By Grassgroup, March 11, 2016 4:13 pm

Since its inception some 10 years ago, the TMSystem™ from Advanced Turf Technology (ATT) has continually improved and added to the range. The TMSystem™ is unique and by using the appropriate chassis adaptor kit, is fully compatible with all main-stream makes of triplex mowers and lightweight fairway mowers. This ATT turf management system consists of a range of 10 SMART cassettes which enable different maintenance activities to take place such as aeration, brushing, de-thatching, scarifying, top dressing, grooming, levelling and mowing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being a truly multi-functional system and uniquely in the industry the cassettes are also all fully interchangeable with ATT’s own 22″ pedestrian INFiNiSystem™. The INFiNiSystem™ pedestrian machine out performs any conventional mower. It cuts better; tracks straight; follows undulations; has low weight; can be battery powered or configured as a hybrid; is maintenance and environmentally friendly and offers great overall value for money. Available in 22″, 26″ and 30” widths, designed and built in Sheffield. It is the ultimate tool for bowling green maintenance.  Offering unrivalled agronomic benefits and utilising the latest design and manufacturing expertise to facilitate ease of use including swapping any one of the range of turf maintenance cassettes in minutes.One of the most popular cassettes within the range is the unique Ultragrooming cassette. The question of Ultragrooming is becoming much more of a hot topic with the ever increasing need for consistent surfaces and the need to be more environmentally friendly, whilst achieving high quality and trimming equipment costs where possible.Ultragrooming is a process that removes the puffiness and thatch from your green. With regular use it is the pre-eminent solution to help minimize puffiness in both high density creeping bent and other grasses. It will remove unsightly seed heads in Poa annua turf with minimal fuss. On newly established surfaces 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.Treatment with the Ultragroomer every week to 10 days minimises the life cycle of the leaf keeping it in a consistent state rather than progressing to puffiness and lateral growth stages by using thin tipped blades at 5mm spacings. It can prevent excessive organic material developing, making for a more consistent surface over the course of the season.In theory not Ultragrooming is the equivalent to brushing your teeth regularly but then not visiting the dentist for a deep clean, the grass will still look presentable but the lack of good grooming habits will catch up with you and cause problems further down the line.Another benefit of Ultragrooming is that you can save money on your top dressing. With the costs of aggregates constantly increasing, a regular Ultragrooming programme can mean that the need to top dress decreases saving you money, time and even worn parts due to the abrasive nature of the sand whilst also improving the health of your bowling green at the same time.So the question really is, if you’re not already regularly Ultragrooming when can you start?

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Golf Industry Show 2016 – San Diego

By Grassgroup, February 23, 2016 10:44 am

This year saw the 2016 annual Golf Industry Show being hosted in the wonderful city of San Diego. Unlike last year’s freeze in Texas, we were blessed with gorgeous Californian sunshine…! Despite the incredible weather we still experienced a good, productive and busy show. The attendance figures that have been released show just how important this show is.

We were supporting our suppliers Progressive and Advanced Turf Technology. Progressive had a Proflex 120b painted in the new industry green on their stand as well as their remote controlled Slope-Pro mower. the ever popular Proflex was generating interest with its new colour and the economic advantages it boasts over other rough mowers.

 

 

 

 

As always, it was great to catch up with the Progressive team!

 

 

For the very first time Advanced Turf Technology (ATT) were exhibiting on their own stand with the full TMSystem range and the 22″ pedestrian INFiNiSystem. Luckily for Iain the puppy managed to refrain from chewing his passport and he was able to attend the show this year! We had a great time meeting existing customers and potential new ones.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cub Cadet also had a 22″ INFiNiSystem on their stand as well as the ATT cutting units on their impressive robotic RG3 mower!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall it was a great show and the weather made it all the better. Shame we were welcomed back with snow last Monday at our head office!

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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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San Diego bound for the GIS Show!

By Grassgroup, January 29, 2016 2:37 pm

Advanced Turf Technology (ATT) will be exhibiting at the US Golf Industry Show in San Diego in a couple of weeks’ time on their own stand for the very first time at this show. Located at Booth 5510 the full range of TMSystem™ and pedestrian INFiNiSystem™ products will be on display for visitors to see following on from a very successful BTME show in Harrogate where the entire range had its usual enthusiastic response from the UK market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The TMSystem™ turf management system consists of a range of 10 SMART cassettes which enable different maintenance activities to take place – aeration, brushing, de-thatching, scarifying, top dressing, grooming, levelling and mowing. The team from The Grass Group will of course be there to assist with new enquiries as well as catching up with old and new customers at this well respected international exhibition.

 

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The secret to fantastic striping on your turf

By Grassgroup, January 27, 2016 8:37 am

The effect of “striping” turf through the use of mowers that use an integrated roller is not new and has been desired as the finish to any green, pitch or garden surface for as long as mowing has been around.  As the mower passes over the turf it first cuts the grass and then a roller positioned behind the cutting element pushes the grass plants over in the same direction.

 

 

 

 

 

To gain the best effect from this process the grass needs to be cut uniformly prior to being rolled.  Failure to cut the grass uniformly results in irregularities on the finished surface and results in more light “scatter”.  The roller is able to mask this to an extent but not fully when compared to rolling after a properly executed cut.  If for example the reel speed is too high on the mower (example; when the leaf is soft) the fan effect of the cutting reel itself forces the grass down and away from the cut path.  Similarly, too high a clip rate will also result in irregular cutting of the grass and again exacerbate the problem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The general principle in achieving a “better panel” is to minimise the amount of light scatter.  Simply using a heavy roller is not the answer as there is a point of diminishing returns related to roller weight – some weight is advantageous but over a certain amount and the effect is diminished.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cutting the grass as uniformly as possible and relatively light rolling has a greater effect of minimizing light scatter than a poor quality cut and heavy rolling.
The ATT Infnisystem is programmable to ensure the best cut is always attained for whatever conditions are presented.  This ability minimises light scatter and improves overall panel appearance and does not negatively affect the health of the plant or appreciably increase soil compaction. For further details and to organise a demonstration so that you can see how it’s quality and not weight that creates a great stripe, contact us for a demonstration.

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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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Quality matters at BTME 2016

By Grassgroup, January 14, 2016 9:09 am

The Grass Group is always striving to provide the best service and quality for it’s customers and aims to raise the bar again at BTME 2016.
ATT continues to be one step ahead with their walk behind INFiNiSystem. As the world moves towards sustainability the Lithium battery module is a welcome addition. Lighter, able to mow 18 golf greens and with a longer life span of at least 1500 charge cycles, the Lithium battery boasts many advantages over petrol engine machines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It also has unprecedented financial benefits costing just 50p a charge!  Remaining a cut above the rest, ATT’s TMSystem 7, 11 and 14 blade cutting cylinders achieve exceptional quality with their non-contact cut and locked in cassette system. The height of cut ranges from 1.7mm to 40mm with the height-click adjuster, allowing a change in height of 0.1mm increments without needing any tools to adjust.
If that wasn’t enough you can have even more precision by adjusting the bedknife to reel set up by 0.028mm via the click system. All this with easy maintenance and high quality engineering. Isn’t it time you looked at upgrading?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If puffiness and thatch are plaguing your greens then look no further than the SMARTUltragroomer. It minimises puffiness in high density creeping bent and Bermuda grasses; therefore, reducing scalping and foot-printing. It removes seeds heads in poa annua turf and reduces ingress by “grabbing” the individual poa plants. It allows the growth of healthy grass and a consistent greens speed. It is a preventative measure to avoid costly cures such as fraise mowing.
CTI turf tines and bedknives are manufactured to the highest quality and are competitively priced for John Deere, Toro and Jacobsen machines. The range includes fairway, coring, solid and vent tines made out of 4140 steel construction. Also available are phoenix tines, forged in fire for a tighter cell construction, last as long if not longer than carbide tines. New for BTME 2016, Phoenix bedknives are also now available with their long lasting increased hardness. They can hold an edge longer particularly during significant topdressing periods. With the new updated Progressive Proflex 120b the grass will always be greener than the other side. The introduction of lift and turn increases efficiency alongside the five standard independent decks.

 

 

 

 

 

Updates for this coming season include rubber dampened belt tensioners and 25% less grease points than previous models as well as now being fitted with maintenance free blade spindles as standard. There’s a final twist to this year’s model as it’s now available in a green paint finish as well as the standard red, which we’re sure will appeal to the fans of green machines!   25 years of experience has taught The Grass Group that quality matters. With machines for every season of the year, there’s something for everyone in Hall A at stand A35.

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Not your normal winter on the course!

By Grassgroup, January 6, 2016 9:21 am

It seems as though most parts of the United States are feeling unseasonably warm weather this winter and East Lake is no exception to that. Currently we are going through a 3-day warm spell that is bringing low temperatures in the high 50′s, and daytime high’s in the low 70′s. Our average high temperature for this time of year in Atlanta, Georgia is 55 degrees.The unseasonable weather the past few months has presented our Agronomy department with added challenges, from disease management all the way to grain production in greens. Immediately after the TOUR Championship at the end of September we begin preparing our MiniVerde greens for dormancy. The cultural practices of grooming, ultra-grooming, verti-cutting, brushing, and topdressing are greatly reduced. Walking greens mowers are changed to smooth rollers and heights of cut are raised. In preparation for the first frost our goal is to raise canopy height to help protect the crown of the plant as well as increase leaf tissue, giving the plant the opportunity to build and store more carbohydrates for winter dormancy and spring green up. The higher H.O.C. also aides in avoiding excessive greens speeds throughout winter dormancy. With the increase in leaf tissue and reduction in cultural practices comes an increase in grain build up. Typically by this point in the year we have had one, if not multiple, hard frost occurrences on our greens. This weather event leads to a loss of turgidity in the plant leaves and stems, helping to decrease the grain effect on ball roll. Needless to say, we have not had this hard frost occur yet this year and grain build up has begun to significantly impact the surfaces of the greens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To combat this, our team has taken an approach that is used weekly during our growing season to combat grain. ATT Ultra-grooming. There’s a first time for everything, and this year is no exception to that. Each Ultra-grooming blade is spaced 1/4″ apart and offset from the previous blade. The process helps pull excessive material from the canopy, cut off runners on the surface “renegades”, stand stems upright, and removes fatter leaf blades helping to produce a truer putting surface.

While 70′s is warm for December, we know it’s not nearly warm enough to sustain growth for substantial recovery of Ultradwarf Bermuda grass. That being said, the purpose and depth of the ultra-groomers was set to help alleviate grain issues without causing unrecoverable damage.
The greens were backtrack ultra-groomed in the direction of the grain. The first pass was made going downhill with the grain and then again on the same pass going uphill. The day after, the greens were cross cut with a brush attachment on a J.D. SL 180. While green speeds did not greatly increase after performing the practice, the consistency in speeds from uphill to downhill putts and in-grain to with-grain putts greatly increased. We also saw a tremendous change in the balls ability to roll true and not “fall off” due to excessive grain on slopes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further information on ATT, Ultragrooming and it’s benefits please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01638 720123, sales@thegrassgroup.com – why not visit us at BTME Harrogate 19-21 of January, Hall A Stand A35

 

Charles Aubry Assistant Superintendent East Lake Golf Club Reproduced from Eat Lake Agronomy blogspot http://eastlakeagronomy.blogspot.co.uk/

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