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April 2013

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE 37 the Groundsman April 2013 Irrigation If nothing else, the weather conditions we have endured over the last 18 months have proved the value of good irrigation and drainage. From serious drought concerns to record rainfall six months later, the UK���s groundscare industry has faced every possible challenge. Whatever type of sporting activity, efficient and effective irrigation and drainage is essential in maintaining a good quality playing surface. Loss of use due to waterlogging or damage to the grass can result in cancellation of games, dissatisfied sportsmen, lost fixtures and potentially financial losses. It is testament to the skill and experience on display in groundscare, along with the professionalism and innovation provided by manufacturers and specialists, that play has largely continued during this prolonged spell of unpredictable and damaging weather. This month we round-up some of those innovative products, as well as highlighting the range of professional advice and services available. LWS provides one-stop solution LWS specialises in the supply of quality irrigation products to the trade, with unparalleled sales and technical support. As the UK distributors for Rain Bird and many other leading brands in irrigation, the company provides a one stop solution for all landscape irrigation needs. In particular the drip irrigation systems continue to grow in popularity as they offer the most effective and economical use of water for irrigation in landscape and horticultural applications. With a correctly designed system, low volume and drip irrigation products deliver the right amount of water direct to the root zone of plants which eliminates run off, overwatering and evaporation. Water applied in this way also inhibits plant disease and weed growth as surplus water is kept to an absolute minimum. The Rain Bird XF (xtra flexible) range is very easy to install and available in various spacings, flow rates and coil lengths which makes it ideal for both contractor installation and trade/retail sales. The tubing has emitters factory fitted on the inside of the pipe. These emitters are pressure compensating and selfflushing. These features result in the dripline being able to maintain a constant flow rate from each dripper over its entire length giving a long and reliable service life. A recent addition to the range is Rain Bird XFS (sub surface) dripline, this now means that turf can be irrigated using dripline laid underneath the sod. These turf drip systems now offer an alternative to the more traditional method of above ground or pop up sprinklers that throw large quantities of water over the area and that can result in run off, evaporation and overwatering. www.lws.uk.com Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions

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