The Groundsman

February 2015

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See the video of the New Wide Area Stadium Rotary mower RM34 from Allett Allett Design Engineers worked closely with professional football groundsmen over years to develop the next essential machine for stadiums and pitches. Allett are proud to announce the launch of the new RM34 Stadium Mower and vacuum. This innovative addition to Allett's professional range of Sportsfield mowers was revealed to the press and turf professionals for the first time at SALTEX For more information or to book your demo call 01889 271 503 or email sales@allett.co.uk www.allett.co.uk Download Youtube video IN ACTION 39 the Groundsman February 2015 Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions In action A selection of groundscare products in use 'in the field' The basic rules for planning a fertiliser programme There are five basic considerations to remember when planning a fertiliser programme. According to Headland Amenity's Andy Russell, the starting point when putting together a fertiliser programme is a soil test to measure the available nutrients in the soil. This will provide an understanding of the existent nutrient status and also serve as a benchmark to compare future results. "Without this, we have little idea whether the existing nutrients will be sufficient to maintain the plant going forwards," he continues. "A soil test will highlight any nutrient deficiencies or indeed excesses which can then be taken into consideration when planning fertiliser inputs." When planning a fertiliser programme it is important to keep it flexible. The growth and development of grasses is hugely influenced by the weather and, as we know, the weather is hugely unreliable. Next, a strategic fertiliser programme also takes into account any management practices and practical elements that have an impact on the day-to-day running of the facility. Fourthly, low rates of nitrogen can be applied where soil temperatures allow and growth is occurring. In addition, applications of plant protectant nutrients can help to strengthen the plant and minimise stress. Last but not least, the potential cost of any fertiliser regime must be established at an early stage and emphasis should be placed on getting the best possible results for the best cost.

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