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December 2015

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Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions BEST PRACTICE 33 the Groundsman December 2015 ensure it can be quickly dealt with and to minimise the risk of a pollution incident. Tip 6 An induction hopper at waist height has made adding products to the tank safe and easy without lifting, especially heavy bags of soluble fertiliser. The induction hopper is also fitted with a highly efficient can rinsing jet, which helps to get all the product into the tank and, using a triple-rinse programme, ensures bottles are clean for safe disposal. If I have any questions about the tank mix compatibility of any product combination, I'll call the local advisor or the company's technical helpdesk. Tip 7 All the valves on the sprayer are clearly labelled. It makes the sprayer very simple to use and to develop a routine that is efficient. It addresses safety at every step. Tip 8 Foam blob markers have been a revelation in helping achieve faster and more accurate application. What used to be a three-man operation to measure spray bouts and mark with a cane, is now performed by just the sprayer operator - and is proving even more accurate. Tip 9 Double-checking how the sprayer is coupled to the tractor, to ensure it is safe and secure, is very important. Safe operation includes having a sufficiently large tractor to handle the weight of a full spray tank. It is essential to adjust the link arms and top link to ensure the sprayer is level and vertical. Fitting boom height indicators to each end of the boom will ensure it is consistently set at the required nozzle tip height of 50cm above the target every time. Tip 10 A clear sight gauge ensures the required water volume for the treatment is put in the tank each time, but is reliant on the sprayer being parked on a flat surface. Better to have a simple low-cost flow meter fitted on the filling hose that will ensure exactly the right amount of water is added. l Valve labelling for safe use of sprayer Nozzle selection is key to accurate spraying James has demonstrated best practice in cost-effective and accurate amenity spraying techniques Year-round play on popular pitches James Wright and his team of four look after the full range of pitches, including natural and artificial surfaces, at the 40-hectare University's Sports Park Weetwood site. The site provides playing surfaces for more than 30,000 students, offering a range of sports including football, rugby, lacrosse and cricket. Indeed, the quality of the surfaces and facilities means it is also home to many external sports clubs and academies, which generates year- round play andheavy usage.

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