Aeration and scarification are important operations in the provision and maintenance of healthy turf. In this test we look at a wide range of machines to break compaction and reduce thatch to improve gaseous exchange and water percolation.
We start in the Walled Garden at the Cannington Campus, where we ask David Green to blast air and seaweed into the lawn and the area around the tree planted three years ago by the Earl of Wessex.
Then we move onto the golf course at Cannington Golf Club, part of the college, and put the ATT cassette system through its paces.
The latest Verti-Drain, Toro ProCore and John Deere Aercore are used on the greens. We undertake some hollow coring with the Ryan Lawnaire before using the tractor-mounted ProCore SR.
Finally, we look at two dedicated scarifiers - the pedestrian Charterhouse Pro and tractor-mounted Trilo VCU.
TESTED THIS WEEK
Terrain Aeration Scamper
ATT (Advanced Turf Technology) TMSystem
Verti-Drain 215.013SP + Carrier
John Deere Aercore 800
Toro ProCore 648
Ryan Lawnaire IV Plus
Charterhouse Pro Scarifier
Trilo VCU 120 Scarifier
THE REVIEW PANEL
Andre Gardner, grounds manager, Bridgwater College, Cannington Campus
Hugh Murray, head greenkeeper, Cannington Golf Club
The Toro Procore SR70-S stomps across the ground with confidence and precision, leaving neat and tidy holes. Depth is adjustable from the tractor cab.
SR stands for "soil reliever", and that's exactly what it does. It plunges its tines through the compaction, creating channels to improve drainage and gaseous exchange.
Murray says: "It works very quickly when you consider the depth and with its width it isn't going to take long to do all the greens."
The SR70-S is 1.85m wide and requires a 25-35hp tractor with 817kg lift capacity. Productivity is 4,460m/h, making it one of the quickest in the range. Other models are available with working widths of 1.2m, 1.37m and 1.98m.
Working width: 1.85m
Depth: Down to 250mm
Tractor requirement: 25-35hp with 817kg lift capacity
List price: £16,222 + VAT
Contact: Toro Commercial - 01480 226800