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February 2013

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26 TECHNICAL UPDATE the Groundsman February 2013 Innovative renovations Collaboration between a sports turf contractor and equipment suppliers has led to the development of a new and improved process for renovating Desso Grassmaster surfaces Author: Colin Hoskins he introduction of the Desso Grassmaster was a fantastic development in professional sports surface technology, especially in high-use scenarios. However, one worry for some groundsmen that looked after these surfaces surrounded the success of surface renovation. This is no surprise considering the fact that some of the early pitches were replaced after partially unsuccessful renovations had taken their toll on the soil structure and the ability of the natural grass to survive a full season. This wasn't the failing of the Grassmaster system or the work of the renovation contractors, this was because the technology hadn't been developed to successfully renovate these highspecification pitches to the same standard as natural and fibre-reinforced pitches. Subsequent developments in renovation techniques have improved the situation, but there's always room for improvement - especially in terms of solving the contentious issue of residual herbage on the surface. T Renovations requisite With this in mind, Carl Pass, managing director of Premier Pitches, approached Campey Turf Care Systems and Imants to collaborate on a four-year development programme for a new process of renovation. After trials over three seasons, and a number of tweaks and improvements to the prototype process, the main benefits Desso Grassmaster renovations at Carrow Road Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions of the resulting Desso Grassmaster renovation system include low surface trafficking and a clean and efficient process with the emphasis on surface hygiene. The process is based on effectively loosening and removing the existing sward and debris with minimal compaction or disruption to the Grassmaster fibres.

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