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Turf In Depth
Repairing pitches with precise machinery can sustain more play and increase revenue, says Sally Drury.
Some 45 per cent of parks managers say local authorities are thinking of selling or transferring management of their parks.
How easy is it to get the hang of zero-turn models with stick-steer levers? Sally Drury finds out.
Out-front rotary mowers are climbing up the council agenda, Sally Drury reports.
- Four councils join the 'say no to the mow' campaign launched by Plantlife.
- Drainage installation to bunker building lead to busy summer for Speedcut
- Parks Alliance, BALI and BIGGA among associations holding events at September's Saltex trade show
- Make urban greening a priority in development, says Diarmuid Gavin
- Turf firm fined £67,000 after worker's death
- Council brings forward extra grass cut and launches grant scheme following residents' complaints over impact of cuts to mowing regime
- Rolawn supplies Sir Harold Hillier Gardens Winter Garden extension
- US soil surfacant business takes over UK turf product distributor
How to Buy...
Buyers' guide - tractors Vibration levels, implements and working conditions are key considerations, Sally Drury explains.
How to buy - Aerators The latest models offer faster speeds, wider working widths and root zone recycling, Sally Drury finds.
How to buy - Tractors Knowing precisely what tasks you need to do is crucial when selecting a new tractor, says Sally Drury.
How to buy - Tractor-mounted mowers A high-quality finish and attractive stripes have increased roller mowers' popularity, Sally Drury explains.
How to Buy - Aerators The latest models feature clever technology but knowing when to use them is still key, says Sally Drury.
How to buy - Amenity herbicides Sally Drury answers questions about the latest weed control products to appear on the market.
New wider models of the Vredo Super Compact Overseeders are available from Richard Campey Turf Care Systems of Macclesfield.
For lawns up to 2,000sq m, this new 190cc mower offers a 51cm cutting width, centralised five-step height adjustment and a three-speed transmission.
A three-year warranty is offered by Rochford Garden Machinery on the new Weibang Legacy 56 PRO.
Already making in-roads into the golf and fine-turf markets, the INFiNiSystem mower and cassette carrier is now available in a 26in model.
Following positive comments from greenkeepers and groundsmen at the BTME turf show in Harrogate in January, Sherriff Amenity has launched the world's first dual-disc plate spreader.
Allett has added a new 34in Turf Rake to its range of quickly interchangeable cartridges for its C34 petrol-engined walk-behind cylinder mower.
Ask Sally Drury
Advice from Horticulture Week's equipment expert
- Does the RS102H ride-on mower from Hayter take normal unleaded fuel or does it need two-stroke?
- The article regarding pedestrian mowers (HW, 21 February) was very informative. I am the head gardener at an estate that requires stripes in the formal lawns. I recently tested a KAAZ 53cm rotary roller mower but found it to be rather slow. Would you be able to recommend a good rotary mower that would provide value for money but efficiency too?
- Sports pitch repairs
- What oil should I be putting in my trailed gang mower TG4650?
- I need replacement blades for my Wessex grass topper, which I bought second hand and use behind my tractor. It's a 1999 model 9184, serial number 990090. The number stamped on the blade is 10070 but I don't know whether this is a part number. The fixing hole in the centre of the blade is 18mm diameter and the cutting edge length is 170mm. Can you help?
- I have a Super Bowl 51-61 and I am having trouble adjusting the height. The mechanism may have been put back together incorrectly.
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