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August 2014

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Campey Turf Care Systems (www.campeyturfcare.com) is one of Europe's largest independent groundscare machinery suppliers and has a reputation for offering practical advice and superb after care service. The company acts as a new equipment dealer for some of the most respected machinery manufacturers including Dakota, Imants, Koro, Raycam, Vredo, Omarv, Votex and GT Air 2G2 injector. Campeys also has a thriving used machinery business and a subsidiary, Tines Direct, which supplies replacement tines, blades and replacement parts for a wide range of turf care machinery. In addition to the Koro FTM, Imants BV (www.imants.com) manufactures the Imants Shockwave (for the relief of deep rooted compaction), Rotoknife (which addresses surface compaction with minimal disruption to play), Recycling Dresser (that introduced the concept of re-using existing resources in the soil to improve the rootzone and reduce costs), the Top Drain and other high quality fine turf maintenance machinery. Machinery Matters The process was first applied to football pitches almost 15 years ago and it showed how poa annua (annual meadow grass) could at last be eliminated from a playing surface, effectively creating a new pitch with a true level surface, free from thatch. Campeys has further developed the technique of fraise mowing with the introduction of the Universe and Terraplane rotors. Originally designed for use on Desso Grassmaster pitches, producing excellent results on stadium and training pitches throughout Europe, the Universe rotor in particular has been used to great effect on natural grass. Aston Villa FC's training grounds manager Graeme Farmer is using the equipment to transform the management of his grounds: "Investing in such vital kit will immediately offer higher standards of playing surfaces and save the club money in the long-term," he says. The practice is now being introduced successfully in America through the Campey Imants partnership, with advocates such as Jerad Minnick. He was formerly director of grounds and environmental management at Maryland Soccer Foundation and is now president/founder of Growing Innovations and an independent advisor to the turf industry. He has taken up the challenge to introduce and educate sports turf professionals across the US on the benefits of pitch renovation. The concept of turf renovation using the new rotors is also now finding its way onto golf courses. "The rotors are proving excellent at managing thatch in warm-season grasses, both on pitches and fairways," adds Richard. "Many head greenkeepers are now looking to include FTM as a part of their regular renovation programme. If you have a problem, get rid of it." Following the successful fairway renovations at Blumisberg Golf Course in Switzerland, David Behan, course superintendent at Naas golf course, County Kildare, has recently used the FTM on his fairways. "It's been a fascinating exercise. After five weeks, the fairway was ready for play. Based on this we will be looking to introduce an ongoing rejuvenation programme across the whole course," he says. l Both Universe and Terraplane rotors mentioned in the article have registered trade marks. AWARD SPONSOR PROFILE 21 the Groundsman August 2014 Charmian Robson is the owner of ABR Publicity. About the Author

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