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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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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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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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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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ATT’s 30” INFiNiSystem™ helps Forest Green Rovers towards total sustainability

By Grassgroup, October 5, 2015 8:49 am

Forest Green Rovers Football Club in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, is unique in that it is the only club in the UK to have an organic pitch.  They don’t use chemicals, not even for the toilets, but use as many organic feeds as they can, making up their own organic cocktails.  FGR’s Chairman, Dale Vince, is the founder and current CEO of Ecotricity and became involved with FGR for part social and part environmental reasons.  Those environmental reasons cover all aspects of the facility, including mowing the pitch.As a Club, Forest Green care very much for the environment and their remit is to create the world’s first truly sustainable football club, something that enticed Head Groundsman, Matt Rainey, to re-join the club earlier this year.  They recycle all water so that every drop of rain water that falls goes onto the pitch, through the drainage system, and comes back onto the pitch through the recycle pan.  They also have solar panels to provide electricity and a wild flora conservation area at the front of the club.

One thing of prime importance was the issue of machinery noise and the sourcing of a battery powered mower.  “I first saw the ATT 30” INFiNiSystem™ on Twitter,” explained Matt, “and asked The Grass Group to give us a demo.  The striping was excellent and the quality of cut fantastic.  You can’t fault it, it’s a precision piece of kit, very quick but very easy to use.  They left it with us for a week and a half and we were so impressed with it we decided to hire it until such time as we could sort out buying it!”

Sand based pitches, like that at Forest Green, tend to compact more and having the 30”INFiNiSystem™ weighing only 138kg, as opposed to other mowers which weigh upwards of 330kg, was a major factor in Matt’s decision.  They are looking forward to the mower making a massive impression on their winter maintenance regime. The ability to use differing cassettes is also of interest, especially the SMART Sarel roller. Matt again, “Whilst the initial cost with the LiPo batteries is more than a comparable engine powered mower, the running costs are very much less.  With the solar panel on the roof of the grandstand, it doesn’t cost us anything to charge up the battery; but even if it did, the cost of electricity would be far less than petrol – so the equipment pays for itself over time.”

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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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