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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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Another Happy Tines Customer

By Grassgroup, February 2, 2016 11:29 am

Here at The Grass Group we only sell high quality products that we believe in. We are extremely proud of our product range and it is made all the better when customers phone us to tell us how much they enjoy using our products.

Our CTI Tines and Bedknives are proving ever popular, particularly our Phoenix Tines. These tines have been forged in fire through a patented thermo-chemical process. It is a fundamental reconstitution of the best available steel alloy, creating a much tighter cell structure – the outcome? Outstanding durability! One customer called us yesterday and said:

 

“One set of standard tines lasts normally 9 greens but the Phoenix tines lasted 21 greens plus 12 tees. This is considerably better value and far more efficient as there is no down time to change the tines half way round the course. Just put a new set on and that’s it until the next time.”

 

Less down time changing tines means you make it round the course quicker and back for a cup of a tea! What’s not to like?!

In fact, people liked the durability of the Phoenix tines so much that CTI have now released Phoenix Bedknives. Although not made in exactly the same process, they are made to be superior and longer lasting blades. they have a different design in order to reduce scalping or scraping and will hold an edge longer during significant topdressing.

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Sustainability in Sport: BASIS

By Grassgroup, November 24, 2015 4:53 pm

On Thursday 19th November I made my way down to Lord’s Cricket Ground for the fifth annual British Association for Sustainable Sport, BASIS, conference. It was a very early start and I felt very “professional business woman” heading down to London on the commuter train!

It was a truly fascinating day finding out how various clubs and organisations/businesses have made the transition to become sustainable such as, Eight Ash Cricket club, Forest Green Rovers football club, and Lord’s Cricket club. The importance of going sustainable was really made clear when it was announced that 2015 was the hottest year on record.

The influence of sport and sporting stars on the attitudes of the general public cannot be ignored. The impact of sport on the public’s behaviour has been an interest of mine since studying a variant of this discussion at university. It is becoming clear that a bilateral approach is needed in order to bring the discussion of sustainability to the forefront. In the case of football, if the stadium were to become sustainable it could increase support but it could also educate. If people are exposed to sustainable practices on a regular basis, such as recycling, when attending the Stadium for example, these habits could then be replicated in the domestic dwelling. Another possibility is encouraging a sports player to promote sustainability, the issue is that the player may also move clubs, but they will still remain an idol. I believe a double ended approach could be the way forward to promote sustainability, not only in sport but generally. One quote stood out in particular, Dave Newport from Sustainable Sports in the US said, that if the environment was a bank we would have saved it by now.

The whole day made me conscious about my own efforts for sustainability but equally from those in a position of influential power. It made me realise how proud I am to promote an innovative product like the ATT INFiNiSystem. Its lithium battery not only releases no fumes, but it tackles health and safety issues by reducing noise and vibration and it is financially more viable than the standard engine pedestrian mowers.

The importance of sustainability is an issue that needs to be tackled now, for now, not just with future generations in mind. If we think about future generations we may have a tendency to delay appropriate and necessary actions.

I would like to thank BASIS for such an insightful day and look forward to attending next at the Olympic Park!

 

Emily

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Breath of fresh air at Haydock Park

By Grassgroup, November 12, 2015 10:23 am

Haydock Park, one of the most used racecourses in the country, is lined with woodland and avenues of trees. Maurice Crooks, Head Groundsman and Estates Manager, uses both a Trilo vacuum and blower in order to manage the autumn leaves and to clear the litter and debris left behind following the 32 days racing.

Maurice currently uses the Trilo SG1100 and during the demo was ‘blown away’ by the strength, low maintenance and competitive price of the machine. It has helped Maurice and his team deal with the sometimes difficult glass bottles by shattering them inside the machine. Litter clearing is now done out of house so the SG1100 has been rehomed to the stables and is also used for leaf collection. The stable yards are tight and with a 9 cubic metre capacity the SG1100 is shorter than a standard model. Therefore, it is remotely operated so the boom goes out from the cab and the wanderhose is used like a joystick. Maurice recognises the advantages of this machines saying, “Unlike competitor machines it is so easy to operate, you don’t have to lift any pipes meaning there’s no other machine as good as this for Health & Safety.”

To complement the SG1100, the team also used a Trilo BL960 and they were so impressed they purchase an identical blower this June. In the autumn it is used for leaf clearance and in the summer it is used to scatter and disperse the grass clipping or clumps made by their 12 foot tractor mounted mower. They have the mower attached to the front and the blower on the back – the perfect combination. By purchasing another blower they can have another mower out increasing productivity.

Maurice adds, “All Trilo products are very well built and are very strong. The service from The Grass Group has always been very good and I had no hesitation in recommending both the product and the dealer to a friend at Leicester Racecourse.” We would like to thank Maurice for his custom – as always it was a pleasure!

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Saltex Round-Up

By Grassgroup, November 6, 2015 4:34 pm

Despite some reservations we made our way up to the Birmingham NEC to see the new indoor Saltex.

We arrived early on the Wednesday morning to support our suppliers, Advanced Turf Technology.

On the stand we had the 22″ and 30″ INFiNiSystems, with the battery option generating a lot of interest due to the no noise, no vibration, and no fumes benefits.

 

Throughout the day we saw a constant stream of people and we didn’t notice the day go by!

John Coleman, from ATT, paired up with Helen Taylor, Ecotricity Ambassador, and Matt Rainey, head groundsman at Forest Green Rovers for a presentation on the benefits of the 30″ ATT Battery powered INFiNiSystem. It was interesting to see how the INFiNiSystem was helping Forest Green Rovers on its journey to being the greenest football club.

In the evening we attended the IOG Saltex Awards dinner. The food was good and a great night was had by all. It was great to see the hard work being undertaken by groundsman being celebrated. It was an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones!

 

 

We had another good day on the Thursday and we were pleasantly surprised by the new indoor format- shame the same can’t be said for the traffic on the way home!

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SALTEX Stand Number F187 – Quality Cut and Massive Fuel Savings

By Grassgroup, October 16, 2015 2:32 pm

Following on in the footsteps of his smaller brothers 22″ and 26″, the 30″ has been adapted for the need to “sports turf”. It brings “fine turf quality” by providing an exceedingly good quality of cut and performance for sports facilities.

The INFiNiSystem 30″ has a floating head design that sees the cutting unit independent of the traction unit. Therefore, the weight is spread across the mowing making end of line turning easier and decreasing overall ground pressure all without affecting striping. Regardless of the amount of grass in the bucket, the HOC remains consistent as the weight is transferred to the traction. The bedknife BCD and attitude angle can be set for an unsurpassed level of cut quality – whilst the programmable variable clip rate allows control of the various range of different SMART cassettes.

 

It provides much more functionality than any other 30″ wide pitch mower. Through the SMART cassette range, the INFiNiSystem allows the Groundsman to calibrate the machine exactly how they deem suitable for their particular situation. Its flexibility extends past cassettes as it has the ability to be powered both by hybrid or pure battery. By working solely as a battery it helps reduce noise pollution by being lower than any noise regulation legislative limits. It also aids with Hand-Arm vibration, a condition which once diagnosed cannot be cured but only alleviated. The annual fuel bill is where the 30″ INFiNiSystem really comes into its own. An entire football pitch can be mowed with dual DCLA batteries or a single LiPo battery costing no more than 50p. This also reduces the need to travel to collect fuel.

This machine is truly “Plug-and-Play” – charged over night and used in the morning!

With this many advantages, why not visit us on stand F187 at Saltex and see why you should Upgrade to ATT.

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Desso or Semi-Artificial? Upgrade to ATT

By Grassgroup, October 8, 2015 11:29 am

With the Rugby World Cup in full swing, we have seen the true skill of our groundsmen come to the forefront. The coverage shows the true effort of the work that is put in to achieving such great pitches. We just wish that England could have performed to the same level… but I mean… it’s not like we are bitter or anything!

This World Cup has seen the use of Desso pitches and semi-artificial pitches in grounds such as Twickenham and Murrayfield. As the Desso Grassmaster® is a hard wearing surface you will want to ensure you get maximum life and benefit fully from what it has to offer. Retaining the woven synthetic fibres whilst producing a health sward is essential. On a top of the league pitch it is necessary to use a machine that reflects this high quality. It is important not to settle for second best and upgrade to ATT.

The ATT product range goes hand in hand with the Desso Grassmaster hybrid system. It provides a phenomenally precise cut with our 0.1mm click adjuster and the ability to adjust the bed knife to reel by 0.028mm! Being able to change the attitude angles mean our ATT INFiNiSystem outperforms other manufacturers on this surface. Our 22″, 26″ and 30″ machines have cutting units independent to the traction drive so there is minimal ground pressure. this means the Desso synthetic fibres are not pressed into the rootzone. A clean, precise cut.

Unlike other machines, the design of the grass bucket and its positioning means that the grass goes in the bucket and remains there! With today’s modern surfaces, surface hygiene is paramount as rotting clippings will ad to the familiar problem of algae that is the bane of every groundsman.

So go for a machine that reflect the quality of your pitch and upgrade today.

To our RWC groundsmen, we salute you.

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Favourite, Fundamental and Fantastic – ATT INFiNiSystem

By Grassgroup, September 11, 2015 1:15 pm

In this month’s Greenkeeping magazine we find out what a day in the life of Leslie Cain from Grand Ducal Golf Club’s life is like.

We were thrilled to see how much he likes his 22″ pedestrian ATT INFiNiSystem!

He considers his 22″ INFiNiSystem as one his most important pieces of machinery. He has the SMARTCut and SMARTUltraGroomer cassettes and says “the versatility that this set-up delivers means it is already proving fundamental in our maintenance regime”.

He also says, “My favourite machine has got to be my ATT pedestrian mower. I love to hand mow the greens and tees – the aesthetic finish it leaves is fantastic. It has also been important as we have been carrying out renovation work meaning hand mowing had provided the TLC the new surfaces needed.”

Find out why he is so complimentary with a tea-break challenge and we might even bring doughnuts! Who doesn’t love a doughnut?!

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Autumn – It’s not all doom and gloom!

By Grassgroup, August 26, 2015 9:04 am

We don’t know about you but this weather has got us all down in the dumps that summer could potentially be over and it will be another year before we can legitimately drink Pimms again!

However, it’s not all bad news. The much needed rain and warm temperatures means our grass is beginning to grow. This must mean the time to scarify is approaching – good riddance thatch!

 

Trilo’s C15 Scarifier collector is perfect for this job. Built to last due to its high quality – you know you can Trust Trilo. This multipurpose machine means you can not only scarify but prepare your turf for scarifying by cutting and collecting the grass first and finish by collecting any remaining debris. Why have several machines when you can have one?! Fitted to the heavy duty finely balanced rotor is 18 3mm wind paddles. In just one pass you will have an aerated well finished turf. One good quality machine leaving a good quality finish seems like a real no-brainer.

 

 

 

 

If collection during scarifying is important to you then look no further than the popular and versatile S3. With a 3 cubic metre capacity and a 5mm x 200m diameter wander hose you can collect to your hearts content.

 

 

 

If you’re looking for a non-hydraulic Scarifier our VCU 150 is your ideal machine. Able to handle thatch build-ups down to 40 mm with 5 toothed blades this machine offers optimal results. It is also perfect for fairways as you can turn and scarify with no tearing.

 

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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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