IoG Saltex Preview - Surface solutions

Sally Drury looks at how exhibitors can help grounds staff to keep turf looking its best.

The TurfSavr -photo: DJ Turfcare
The TurfSavr -photo: DJ Turfcare

Whether it is kit to inject air or products to kill off the weeds, IoG Saltex promises to have the solutions to turf-care problems.

Linemarking equipment is a major feature of this year's show, as several companies vie for attention with introductions.

After three years of development and field testing, the Bowcom GMX electric linemarker makes its first appearance at Windsor. At its heart is a SHURflo electric pump to give even, controlled distribution of Bowgrass linemarking concentrates. Other features include an integrated self-clean system, adjustable line width with central or offset spraying through a protected quick-release head assembly, plus a removable 25-litre paint tank. The drop-fit modular design of this tank allows operators to exchange tanks when using chemical substances.

The latest in laser-guided linemarking equipment will be shown by Fleet Line Markers. The Beamrider system means laser-accurate straight lines can be achieved in a fraction of the time it takes to use the traditional string line and 3-4-5 triangles.

A highly concentrated, long-lasting line-marking paint previously only available to selected export customers, Supa Stadia Ecois is now available in the UK from Vitax Amenity. With a free-flowing formulation, the product is suitable for use with high volumes of water. Because it is concentrated there is less weight, less transport and less container.

"End users are not paying for us to cart water around the country," says Vitax's Mike King. "Five litres of concentrate will provide the same linemarking coverage as much greater volumes of other linemarking paints. This will lower the cost of linemarking per pitch and cut storage and disposal costs to a minimum."

Recent trials have shown Supa Stadia Eco to be durable under a wide range of weather conditions. The product is available in five-litre containers.

Attending IoG Saltex for the first time, DMMP of Leicestershire is exhibiting a range of new products for turf care, including the Earthway pedestrian sprayer. This is available in two models, one for garden retail and the other for commercial use. Also new are Drag Star drag mats made from 11 gauge (3mm) steel and featuring a clinched edge with rivet-free u-bar.

Daily brushing of greens increases smoothness for a true ball roll - one of the reasons Campey Turf Care Systems is introducing the Turfworks Greens Triplex Brush. The fully adjustable head on this brush can be set to a lock position that allows standard triplex use without removing the brush. The brush fits all current models of Toro, Jacobsen and John Deere greens mowers.

The turf-care kit range from Charterhouse includes Verti-Drain aerators, Rink topdressers, overseeders and core collectors, but there is also the chance to learn about Soil Harmony. Offering biodynamic products, backed up by agronomic advice, Soil Harmony is the division of Charterhouse that specialises in supplying nutritional solutions to improve turf quality and strength.

Wiedenmann brings its fleet of fast, deep aerators to IoG Saltex, including the GXi for cost-saving aerating of fine turf down to 250mm. There's another chance to see the firm's heather management system and to hear about Groundpro - a new trading division offering a range of equipment to be promoted through a dealer network.

Again for aeration and decompaction purposes, a new member joins Terrain Aeration's Airforce fleet this year. Remote Terralift is the lightest, smallest and most manoeuvrable unit in the range and is designed for use in back gardens, retail sites and anywhere compaction and drainage problems are present in a tight spot. With a 60cm working width and a weight of 80kg, the unit can be guided through narrow entrances and carried up steps.

Like its bigger brothers Tracker and Scamper, the new Remote is attached to the engine/compressor trailer unit by an air hose and can perform 1m decompaction treatment with a range of air pressures, from 10 to 20 bar, as regulated by the operator. Remote also has the ability to inject water-storing polymers or mycorrhizal fungi. Book Terrain Aeration Services during the show and receive a 15 per cent discount on normal rates.

Products aimed at eliminating worm casts and conditioning the soil to strengthen turf feature on Sherriff Amenity's stand. While Caste Off has a proven record of controlling casting worms, even coverage of the soil surface is essential to achieve the highest efficacy. Sherriff has a new drench nozzle to help. The nozzle has different angles between each of the seven outlet holes to give an even pattern and to ensure the active ingredient reaches the target.

To condition soil and so strengthen turf, Sherriff is introducing SeaVolution - a liquid seaweed extract produced from Ascophylum nodosum - for use on golf courses, bowling greens, outfields and lawns. Marketing manager Kevin Whitby explains how it works: "Because of the cold extraction process, SeaVolution retains high amounts of micro nutrients, plant hormones and alginate, all of which are found naturally in Ascophylum nodosum. This in turn relieves the grass of environmental stress and develops stronger, healthier roots."

Any turf suffering damage as winter approaches will be at a disadvantage. DJ Turfcare believes it has a solution as it launches Recovery onto the UK market. Coming from the Viano stable of organics, this product contains manure-derived Humifast and magnesium. It feeds and restores the turf to maintain colour throughout the winter.

Also with turf restoration in mind, DJ is using the show to introduce the TurfSavr from the US. Manufactured by SourceOne, designer of the Plugger aerator, this machine de-thatches and overseeds - or fertilises - in one pass. The compact unit can be fitted with blades to verti-cut and has a 56cm working width.

A systemic fungicide with preventative and curative action against Fusarium, plus a selective herbicide described as efficient and effective, yet safe on young turf, make their debut on Headland Amenity's stand. Throttle combines tebuconazole and prochloraz as a liquid formulation to fight Fusarium patch. It is applied at low rates and is suitable for application on all established turf areas such as golf courses, pitches and lawns.

"The resulting formulation is so efficient that the product performs effectively at a rate of 1.7 litres/ha and does not affect the natural balance of soil bacteria," confirms Headland operations director Mark De Ath.

Combining leaf and root uptake of the active ingredients florasulam and fluroxypyr, Cabadex is Headland Amenity's new systemic herbicide for use on grass as young as the second leaf stage. Cabadex also carries low application rates - two litres/ha - but nevertheless controls stubborn species such as yarrow, daisy and white clover. Early trials have also produced good results with yellow sucking clover and slender speedwell.

"The herbicide's low dose rate means that Cabadex inputs some of the lowest levels of active ingredients in the market," says Headland sales and marketing director Andy Russell. "The result is a cost-effective, environmentally sensitive option that allows safe re-seeding just four weeks after application." Cabadex can be used on a wide variety of turf from golf courses, sports turf and lawns to airfields and roadside verges.

Scotts and Syngenta are linking together at the show to share their technical expertise. There will be advice on fighting diseases using an integrated fungicide programme based on Banner MAXX, Heritage and Daconil Weather Stik, plus news about the latest selective herbicide that incorporates three active ingredients to kill tough turf weeds in one hit.

IN BRIEF

Head for Demonstration Area C to watch the Turf Teq self-propelled, walk-behind landscape equipment put through its paces. Supplier Groundscare Products will be using the Power Rake to make seedbeds, the Power Edger for creating new beds and bunkers, plus the Broom to scarify turf and clean up.

A big addition to Farmura's portfolio is the Aquatrols range of water-management and wetting agent products. Technical staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss mixing products. The company is also showing its full range of organic and environmentally friendly products.

As well as unveiling its new website and running an online competition, Avoncrop Amenity Products is launching several new products including a cleaner and moss remover for hard surfaces, plus a liquid iron to deter moss in turf.

The Tru-Turf Greens Roller, as used by major courses such as St Andrews Links, The Belfry and The London, is the highlight of Double A Trading Company's stand.

Flooded bunkers can be drained in minutes with the TrunkPump from Campey Turf Care Systems. This quick-prime pumping system moves 1,430 litres/min.

PEST CONTROL

Talunex and Phostoxin, to control rabbits and moles, can only legally be purchased and used by professional operators trained in the safe use of aluminium phosphide. But there is an opportunity to undertake that training at IoG Saltex. Sherriff Amenity is running the course on 3 September, starting at 10.30am. Course tutor is Nigel Binns, chairman of the British Pest Control Association. The course will take about an hour and delegates will be sent a certificate of completion.

The course costs £50 per person. Those interested in attending should pre-register. For registration and for details, call 01638 721888.


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