Landscape & Amenity

March 2013

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Landscape Amenity PRODUCT UPDATE MARCH 2013 Weed Control Artificial Turf Maintenance Latest news, advice and product developments Ride-On Mowers Jane Carley's detailed overview of these popular machines News and product round-up Page 13-17 Page 26-29 Page 18-21 Taking top honours at the Olympics Working on plans for the Athletes' Village, it supplied a variety of bespoke shade-tolerant and woodland wildflower mixes, marshy meadow wetland turf and species rich lawn turf, as well as bespoke wildflower turf for Danny Boyle's 'Green & Pleasant Land' Opening Ceremony and the ongoing transformation works. Wildflower Turf Ltd was founded in 2003 by James HewetsonBrown, who wanted to find a solution to the problems faced when growing a meadow from seed. He went on to create the UK's first, soil-less growing system for wildflowers and grasses to meet the demand for superior quality, ready-made wildflower meadows without the establishment problems associated with traditional seeding methods. Over the past 10 years, Wildflower Turf Ltd has continued to fine tune its seed mixes and techniques to produce a unique and high quality product for a number of uses from landscapes to green roofs. Today Wildflower Turf Ltd is the only specialist wildflower turf producer in the UK. The company's market-leading position was confirmed when it became the sole supplier of wildflower turf for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Spending power puts IOG SALTEX in unique position The fact that more than threequarters of visitors to the IOG SALTEX open space management show have the authority to purchase or specify products and that over half of them do not attend any other similar show, continues to attract forward-thinking exhibitors to this year's event at Windsor Racecourse on September 3-5. "The impressive buying power of IOG SALTEX visitors is undoubtedly reflected by the continual flow of stand bookings and enquiries we are receiving," says event director Jon Gibson. "At last count we had more than 120 companies booked. With a further 30 pending confirmation, we are on course for more than 300 exhibitors for this year's show." According to the independent visitor survey at last year's show – which attracted visitors from 28 countries - 76 per cent of attendees were authorised to purchase or specify products from the wide range of products on view at IOG SALTEX. These include turf and sports surfaces, turf maintenance equipment, children's outdoor play and safety surfacing, landscaping, commercial vehicles, outdoor leisure and facilities management, as well as software and security equipment. Importantly, 56 per cent of the visitors to last year's show – from groundsmen and greenkeepers through to play officers, architects, designers and surveyors as well as local authority and outdoor leisure facility managers – also said they do not attend any other similar exhibition. IOG SALTEX Enquiry 2 Wildflower Turf's innovative soilless growing system suppresses weeds naturally, allowing flowers and grasses to establish as soon as the turf is laid. grass mix which offers significant benefits over traditional (flower turf) seeding methods. Wildflower seed mixes are typically sown at 20% wildflowers and 80% grass seeds which often means the grasses dominate the flowers resulting in very few flowers maturing. The Wildflower Turf grasses are visually attractive while they seed alongside the wild flowers, and the combination provides a rich food source to encourage biodiversity. The formation of a dense sward of turf, combined with the large roll size, means that the turf acts as a weed blanket allowing the plants grown in the turf to get a head start. There is no need for expensive and potentially harmful chemicals or intensive management and it works out a more cost-effective and hassle-free alternative to wildflower seed. This soil-less system allows for a unique 50% wildflower and 50% Wildflower Turf Enquiry 1 Hayter now have greener engines evaporative emissions performance is improved by up to 51%. Premium lawnmower manufacturer Hayter have been working together with engine specialists Briggs & Stratton to introduce a range of 'greener' engines onto many models in the Hayter mower range, including the Harrier 48 and 56 Pro machines which are so popular with landscapers and contractors. The new EcoPlus engines offer reduced exhaust emissions that are at least 25% lower than current European exhaust standards. As a result of changes to fuel tanks walls, fuel lines, gaskets and seals plus a new anti-venting petrol cap, the READER ENQUIRY 4 Mowers with the new engines are available from your local Hayter dealer – look out for information in-store. Hayter Enquiry 3 Delegates confirmed The successful applicants for the inaugural Jacobsen Future Turf Managers' Initiative have been announced by BIGGA. Twenty greenkeepers from across the UK are now looking forward to an intensive two days of seminars and workshops covering a range of subjects designed to equip them for success in their future careers. These include in-depth courses on communications, budgeting, organizational politics, CV writing and interview techniques plus breakout sessions looking at other key subjects. BIGGA and Jacobsen faced a tough decision selecting 20 names from all the candidates who completed an application form designed to find out more about them and their aspirations. They are now preparing to head to Jacobsen's Ipswich headquarters for two days in April for the sessions which complement BIGGA's Assistants Development Programme that Jacobsen kindly agrees to sponsor. One of the successful candidates was James Bledge, Deputy Head Greenkeeper at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in Kent. "I was delighted when I found out I'd got a place," he said. "I always try and further my education as much as possible, whether that be at BTME or at other BIGGA events, and these sessions cover exactly the sort of areas I'm looking to increase my knowledge in.

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