The Groundsman

September 2014

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Visit for more information and digital editions Focus turned to the home surface at the next station as Henry Bechelet partnered with Leeds Rugby's head groundsman Ryan Golding to explain how Everris has worked to support the reconstruction and maintenance of the rugby pitch. They described the testing that is carried out to guide turf nutrition and develop an effective fertiliser programme and explained how the disease management strategy is helping sustain turf health in quite testing circumstances. Dr Andy Owen then showed the results they've obtained by analysing nutrient leachate from the drainage system to better understand the losses from sand-based pitches. This information is helping inform decisions about the pitch management strategy and the type of fertiliser applied to minimise such losses. Campey Turf Care Systems showcased some of the best innovations in turf installation, maintenance and renovation machinery. David Briggs and Ian Campbell discussed the results obtained by turf managers around the world, including Graeme Farmer at Aston Villa FC who used a Koro Field TopMaker with the new Universe Rotor to transform the management of the club's training grounds. The Koro totally cleans the surface of unwanted grasses and thatch build-up, leaving it ready for re-seeding and aerating. Attendees also had the opportunity to take a closer look at the Vredo disc seeder, the Raycam Aeraseeder, the Imants Shockwave and the latest aerator in the Campey portfolio, the GT Air 2G2. Commenting on the success of the day, Ed Carter, sales and development manager for Everris, said: "Teaming up with other companies to share our research, experiences and insights was fantastic and the feedback we received after the event showed how much guests enjoyed the outdoor, interactive format. What really made it a standout day was the input and enthusiasm of the two groundstaff teams and Chris Wood. To be at such a unique venue and to be welcomed onto the playing surface in the midst of intensive match preparation was a privilege." l ECB pitches consultant Chris Wood demonstrates a full pitch inspection on a recently-played Test pitch at Headingley. Pitch Focus attendees were given a rare opportunity to walk out to the Headingley square with Andy Fogarty and Chris Wood, who also provided the group with a detailed look at three pitches each in different stages of preparation and renovation Teaming up with other companies to share our research, experiences and insights was fantastic " " Campey product specialist David Briggs explains the concept of the Air 2G2 injection aerator AWARD SPONSOR PROFILE 41 the Groundsman September 2014

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