Posts tagged: seeder

Cricket Renovation

By , 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.

Post match Overseeding

By , December 12, 2014 1:35 pm

A vital part of the recovery process after every match as well as divot collection is of course overseeding. Obviously as part of the repair process after two teams have spent the match charging up and down the pitch making divots and stressing the turf you want to use the best machine for the job to do this. In France at  Le Harve AC – who play in the French Ligue 1 they have employed an innovative solution, they use the RotaDairon Seedcar in front of the ATT 26” INFiNipower as soon as the match has finished. Like the battery powered ATT machine virtually silent in operation the SeedCar can be straight out onto the pitch before the crowds have left causing the minimum of disruption but also quickly assisting with the repair and preparation of the pitch for the next match.














Available along with ATT exclusively in the UK from The Grass Group RotaDairon are one of the most trusted manufactures’ when it comes to producing high quality renovation and seeding machinery.

New Pedestrian wild flower seeder from RotaDairon

By , April 18, 2012 3:01 pm

RotaDairon have just launched their new SD720 Self Propelled Seeder.   The Honda driven unit uses the modular seed box which has proven to be excellent for wild flower seeds as well as all types of grass seeds.  This is thanks to the soft splines on the seed distribution rotor ensuring the varied shaped and sized wild flower seeds are not damaged as they are metered through.

The metering is controlled by a single twist adjustment on the side of the stainless steel hopper.  The accuracy not only ensures that establishment is not hampered by crowding out due to overdosing but also means that the approved seed rates are achieved and valuable/expensive seed is not wasted! The adjustment knob usefully has a dial in it so that each seed mix only needs to be metered once and then when swapping you can reset the dial to the previous time you used that mix.

The RotaDairon SD720 has 4 forward gears and one reverse gear with a max ground speed of 3mph.  The handlebar is adjustable with 3 positions including one for transport.

For those not requiring the wild flower option a cheaper SD700 is also available.

Dairon Demos

By , March 14, 2011 4:46 pm

Dairon’s RGD140 is out and about showing that simplicity can be a route to success.

The RGD140 is a product created to meet UK requests for a clean finish overseeder which is compact and simple.  It was Les Howkins, Master Greenkeeper, of Richmond Golf Club that worked with Michel Dairon in fine tuning the machine.

As a machine that is suited to a compact tractor it is readily manoeuvrable around the greens and tees. 

The razor sharp discs insure excellent penetration and their depth are set using the stainless steel front roller.  There are additional removable weights on the disc frame to allow the greenkeeper further adjustment if conditions are unexpectedly tough. 

The seeder is a modular unit used across the whole Dairon range and has an infinitely graduated metering mechanism which is very precise and yet is easy to set.  The seed flows down angled shoots to the foot of the especially designed share or foot which opens the pre cut slot dropping the seed neatly in the groove before it naturally closes and is then rolled closed by the soft rear tyres.  There is almost no seed outside the groove.  The result is seed placed precisely where you want with minimal surface disturbance.

Would you buy a seeder from Tesco?

By , March 29, 2010 3:42 pm

The Grass Group’s MD, Tim Merrell, considers how this might become a reality.

The ground care industry has a diverse range of equipment, from a diverse range of companies, manufactured in many countries.  Purchasers have been able to avail themselves of many different techniques to carry out specific tasks.  This is because of the innovations brought about by an entrepreneurial spirit that seems to have been prevalent in our industry.  But this could all change if the large multinationals continue to swallow up these unique products in the name of ‘a complete portfolio’.


The demands of our playing surfaces have changed over the years.  To keep pace with this change Groundsmen and Greenkeepers have been able to work with innovators bringing new ideas to market.  New ideas that would mean low volumes of machines until the product was established.  Volumes that would be too small for the multinational, but not for the specialist.  In this case developments are end user driven, using their experience to direct the manufacturer to make any necessary modifications to the product to ensure it does the job the Grounds Professional wants.  Even if the need is not universal, there is flexibility to “tailor make” machines to meet unique situations or conditions.  These types of manufacturers are extremely adaptable, especially able to respond quickly because there is no long chain of management to overcome, and no over inflated profit targets to reach.

 For example, The Grass Group handles the Progressive range of trailed mowers from Canada.  The range was more suited to the large landscapes found there, but for us in the UK Councils have to deal with smaller roads to transport on.  Then of course there are obstacles almost everywhere – ruts in the roads and speed humps which meant the TDR15 mower would transport better if it could be modified.  Progressive are small and adaptable enough for us to work with to affect a number of modifications to help make the product more acceptable for our UK customers.  The wheel and hub sizes were increased to cope with the road undulations; the back deck was raised to reduce the towed length; transport brackets were modified to assist with stability during transportation and the whole unit fitted with mud guards and lights, mandatory in the UK.  These were just logistical improvements, but we were able to go further with Progressive in order to suit the product better for local authorities.  For this type of use local authorities would already have a tractor in place to carry out the operation, but it would be of a high horse power size in excess of that required for the TDR15.  The fitting of a dog tooth clutch solved that problem and didn’t hinder operation of the unit with lower horse power tractors that might be found on Golf Courses.  Being able to work so closely with the manufacturer has enabled a new model to be introduced more suitable for use with lower horse power tractors.  All the above modifications have been incorporated in the new TDR12 model that sees a respectable width machine (12’) without the need for collapsible wings and an associated large horse power tractor being needed to raise and lower them.

 What we’ve seen over the past few years is not wholesale company takeovers as much as we’ve seen ‘cherry picking’.  A single product family is extracted from its mother and found a new home.  But not all the family members curry favour with the new parent, so those with not a sufficiently large enough volume are cast adrift.  This ‘cherry picking’ creates several effects.  Firstly it creates confusion in the market place with previous dealers being abandoned, sometimes overnight, and the new owners’ corporate machine taking over.  In many cases the new people responsible are not fully briefed in time because the transition has been too swift.  Product support and spare parts becomes a nightmare for anybody owning a machine in the ‘old colours’.  Next one finds that the reduction in the family range has killed choice; the product has becomes homologous and the client has to “make do”.  But the real, and sad thing, is that it kills new and developing products to the range and loses skilled innovators, and all their experience and knowledge that goes with them.

 And what about the UK dealer/importer that previously handled the range?  As a result of many years of input to the manufacturer, and gleaning information from the Grounds Professional, there is a lot of detailed product knowledge within their staff.  As a specialist supplier he was able to hold stock of machines for an entire UK distribution, working with the manufacturer to ensure short lead times – and when it came to parts be able to maintain a large parts stock with knowledgeable parts staff.

 So what, some people might say.  One or two big suppliers offer simplicity; one point of contact; chance to do deals on packages, etc.  But are those things worth the price of diminished choice where these big suppliers can decide what is in their range regardless of what might suit you better?

With diminished choice, who sets the prices; keeps them in check; stops the formation of a cartel to maximise profits?  Diminished choice leads to a monopoly, as in the big suppliers restricting their dealers from offering any sort of similar products from another manufacturer – products that could perform better or cost less.  Then there’s the Golf Course tied into a sole supplier deal unable to search the market for just the right kind of equipment for its need or its pocket.

 Sounds familiar? Been to Tesco lately and tried to buy anything other than the brands they want to sell?  Or gone to the high street to try and buy that Television you saw reviewed on some website or other and found no specialist TV or HiFi shops?  Tesco have the market sown up with run of the mill, one size fits all, consumer goods.  Great if that suits, but not if you want something a bit out of the ordinary.  And ever tried asking any questions about the specification of the product?  If it’s not on the point of sale material, don’t bother. 

 That’s not what we want for our industry, the tail wagging the dog, but Grounds Professionals keeping us manufacturers and dealers on our toes, coming up with new products to keep the playing surfaces tip-top.  In spite of this ‘cherry picking’ there are still a good number of independent manufacturers ready to respond.  There are requirements for many niche products in this demanding, but professional, industry that are not volume sellers, so I’m sure the market has not seen the last of innovative turf maintenance equipment yet.  

 The Grass Group, for one, is committed to working with such manufacturers to bring these products to market.

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