Professional Groundscare

May 2019

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Technical Article Grass Cutting Machinery Brushcutters The drive for greater efficiency Page 15 Mowing solutions to suit all tasks Page 17-22 Technology and innovation shapes new machines Page 23-24 GKB Machines, the company behind sustainable, reliable and robust maintenance machinery for natural, synthetic and hybrid turf are able to provide you with the solution thanks to the GKB Infiller which can perform these different actions. Equipped with a rotatable driver's seat, the innovative GKB Infiller can be driven in both directions and has the ability to efficiently apply several types of infill material like sand, SBR rubber, TPE rubber and cork in two directions. The precision control valve can be set from 0 to 100mm to determine how much infill material is sprinkled which is S o i l s C o n , t h e l a n d s c a p e industry's 'go to' conference for soil-related topics, will be returning once again to the elegant Phyllis Court i n H e n l e y - o n - T h a m e s , Oxfordshire, on Thursday, September 26. This year's event will be the fourth soils conference to be organised by soil scientist and landscape consultant Tim O'Hare. It promises landscape architects and specifiers, contractors, garden designers, developers, topsoil manufacturers, local government officers, and wider industry professionals a day of invaluable professional development, discussion and A robust and reliable synthetic turf maintenance machine Details of SoilsCon 2019 unveiled manually adjustable as well as hydraulically operated. This flap in the front of the bunker gives you the possibility to regulate the amount of sand that is distributed whilst there are specially designed agitators in the bunker to break up rubber crumb infill and guarantee an even spreading pattern. debate, with presentations by some of the country's leading experts in their respective fields. This year's conference will again include a Soil Surgery, h e l d d u r i n g t h e d a y ' s networking periods. Members of the Tim O'Hare Associates team will be on hand to help delegates with their specific soil issues. The final programme and conference details will be issued shortly but to express your interest in attending, please email info@toha.co.uk or call 01491 822653. SoilsCon The GKB Infiller is also provided with aluminium extensions to enlarge the bunker capacity of the bunker mounted on top of the chassis. The bunker is increased by these extensions from 1.06m3 to 3m 3 . GKB Machines Industry told to take proactive approach to disease management The challenge of protecting turf and soil has arguably never been greater with the threat of disease and pests causing havoc for both high-profile sports and amenity surfaces as well as grass roots and local community sites. A variety of challenges, from changing climate patterns to new rules on the use of chemicals as part of treatment and prevention programmes, are combining to increase the threat level. An emergency summit was held with the aim of finding industry- led solutions to the threat of Chafer Grubs and Leatherjackets in the turf industry took place on May 9 2019 at Burton Albion Football, Staffordshire. N o w t h a t m a n y o f t h e c h e m i c a l s w h i c h w e r e routinely used to keep golf courses and sports pitches free of pests have been withdrawn, we need to find alternatives. T h i s S u m m i t e x p l o r e d the current challenges in sustaining turf quality in a chemical-free environment. The event was supported by Bionema, Rigby Taylor, Maxstim, EcoSpray and E. Marker A/S and is held in association with both The IOG and BIGGA. Dr Minshad A Ansari, Founder and CEO of Bionema, said: "This summit is the first step in working together as an industry - pooling our knowledge and using all the tools we have in an integrated way to achieve control of these devastating pests." The Amenity Forum's 2019 Conference will be entitled 21st Century Amenity Management. The forum has been holding a series of updating events to highlight some of these issues and also how important collaboration and sharing best practice within the industry has become. As a result of the feedback and discussions generated by the events, the Amenity Forum is developing a standard for the sector. Professor John Moverley, Chairman of the Forum, said "I would like to see this standard as an essential requirement when employing anyone involved in amenity management. "There are a number of well recognised assurance schemes in our sector, this new standard seeks to embrace these and in a simple way, provide everyone of an assured standard and best practice. I would like to see the logo associated the standard to be proudly displayed across the UK in our parks, golf courses, sports grounds and indeed all our public spaces." The new standard is due to be launched later this year and in the meantime, everyone is urged to seek evidence of a recognised assurance scheme when employing those charged with amenity management in all its forms. Amenity Forum L a n d s c a p e & A m e n i t y www.professionalgroundscare.com May 2019 Getting ready for summer MANUFACTURING EXCELLENCE SINCE 1962 LAPU1217. Wessex International is a trading name of Wessex International Machinery. TRY IT FOR YOURSELF! CALL US TO BOOK YOUR FREE DEMO TODAY! T: 01264 345870 www.wessexintl.com Follow us on: SCAN TO SEE A DEMO MOVIE VERSATILITY – Available as a roller mower, combination mower and a finishing mower HIGH BLADE TIP SPEED – Superb cut quality, with even spread of clippings CONTOUR HUGGING – follows ground undulations with ease LOWER HORSE POWER REQUIREMENT – Suits tractors from 35hp CRX-410

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