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AWARD SPONSOR 23 the Groundsman April 2015 Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions profile, making the traditional option of tractor-mounted boom spraying impracticable. "We wanted to develop a comprehensive herbicide programme beyond what had been a predominantly spot spraying policy," explains Tim. "Eighty per cent of our spraying is applying selective herbicide to improve the quality of the turf on our estates and forms part of a maintenance strategy that includes scarification, aeration, topdressing and overseeding." Depending on the time available to Tim and his 20-strong team, spraying is conducted once a year, in spring or autumn but site constraints rule out tractor- mounted methods, he adds. "Access and the size of some of the green areas and the pocket parks meant that manual spraying was our way forward and we devote two staff to treating the communal areas and another two for the parks." Internal approach roads and paths need treating too, Tim stresses. "We manage four square miles of these so targeted spraying of Roundup using our fleet of EvenSprey 300 pedestrian sprayers allows the grounds team to limit wastage and optimise efficiency. "The key factors for us concern access, spraying accuracy and operator control - all elements addressed by the sprayers we use. Each has a very fast on/off switch, giving us added flexibility compared with tractor-mounted alternatives. Accurate calibration is very important too as we want to apply the minimum amount of liquid to achieve the maximum effect." The upshot is to foster a greater sense of pride by residents in their environment and that brings wider community benefits than the immediate one of an attractive, softly landscaped neighbourbood. "We seldom if ever receive compaints about the green spaces and that tells me that our strategy is working," Tim concludes: "One that benefits both the environment and the budget." Rob spray feeding the wickets Spraying is conducted once a year at Poplar HARCA www.farol.co.uk Clea gh po Great ective • Clean. Quiet. Eff • High power 36V brushless motor or noise sensitive areas • Great f ight bles, D E H O g p or ease of use ation f weight and low vibr • No cables, and no risk of fuel spillage H Y Q R F U R I V O R R W O O D V W Ɵ \ U H W W or ease of use H F Q H L Q H

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