Posts tagged: TMSystem

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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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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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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The sound case for electric driven mowing against petrol

By Grassgroup, September 18, 2015 3:22 pm

Though the discussions around climate change may have slipped onto the back burner, it is coming back strongly along with the desire for environmental sustainability. Stadium owners and football clubs worldwide are recognising the financial gains and brand value that can be gained by being environmentally friendly. There are many areas of a pitch or stadium that can be investigated for possible savings including water usage and renewable heating facilities but one topic that has yet to be explored is the eco options available in pitch maintenance, more specifically for mowing.

To cater for the needs of Groundsmen, Advanced Turf Technology (ATT) have developed a 30” version of its popular INFiNiSystem™. The 30” INFiNiSystem™ is a ‘true hybrid’ which can be driven either fully electrically via a single or double battery module or by hybrid electric via an engine generator configuration. A recent study at a football club that uses a petrol mower found that fuel costs per mow were £3.52. Based on 10 cuts per week, for 49 weeks of the year, the total fuel expenditure worked out at £1,724.80 per mower. Mow the same pitch with the electric ATT 30” INFiNiSystem™, the same number of times per week and weeks per year, and the club could save a staggering £1,592.50 a year per mower. In simple terms, you can mow a full size football pitch for less than 50p!

When comparing the running costs of petrol driven versus electric one should also take into account the cost of collecting the fuel, and then storing it. Petrol, considered a ‘dangerous substance’ by the Health and Safety Executive, is covered by legislation when it comes to storage because of the potential risk of explosion and serious fire. The Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations of 2014 calls for a license to store petrol in certain circumstances, and in itself could involve time and resources to ensure compliance.
Not only is there the cost saving element, the 30” INFiNiSystem™ also operates with a significantly reduced carbon footprint compared to that of a petrol mower. CO2 emissions based on the fuel usage discussed above is 2.4kg per litre of petrol. In the illustration above, the number of trees required to offset the monthly usage would be 1.437, or 17.25 annually.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain. Two regulations within the HSWA in particular are of critical importance to groundsmen and employers alike when it comes to mowing, ‘Hand­arm vibration’ and ‘Noise at Work’ – both conditions more relevant to engine driven machines as opposed to electric ones.

Hand­arm vibration (HAV’s) is a condition caused through too much exposure to equipment that vibrates, affecting the joints, muscular system and nerves most commonly in the hands and wrists. The level of risk depends on the magnitude of the vibration and how long an individual is exposed to it. If caught quickly, the effects of HAV’s may reverse but prolonged use of the wrong equipment will result in irreversible damage. Measured by the acceleration level in m/s2, the HSE sets an Exposure Action Value (EAV) of 2.5m/s2 and an Exposure Limit Value (ELV) of 5m/s2, both over an 8 hour period. This is the maximum value of exposure allowable in a single day. For example, if a piece of equipment has a vibration level of 7, such as a jack hammer, then the operative would have reached their daily exposure limit in just one hour.

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 requires employers to prevent or reduce risks to health and safety from exposure to noise at work. Like HAV’s, noise exposure has action levels and limit values that require adherence with. The exposure limit values are a daily or weekly exposure of 87dB and a peak sound pressure of 137dB.
With the above in mind, many organisations have been tasked to find equipment that transmits less vibration and noise but at the same time still performs the job effectively and efficiently. The market has responded to this with more machines being introduced that are electrically driven – this being the impetus behind the redesign of the INFiNiSystem™ into a dual power source machine. Operating the machine with the battery set-up reduces vibration and enables the operator to carry out functions quietly reducing noise for themselves and the general public. It is these attributes that has seen the ATT INFiNiSystem™ being awarded Quiet Mark status and negates the need for potential purchasers to evaluate the machine themselves for adherence to H&S policies.
Given then, the health risks and the demanding precautions necessary in the use of unleaded fuel, would it not be simpler and more beneficial for all to remove petrol entirely out of the equation?

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