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GreenTek’s new solution for nap and thatch

GreenTek’s new solution for nap and thatch: Improving the health and presentation of fairway turf is becoming an increasingly high priority for many golf clubs. With the vast improvement in greens turf in recent years, it is not surprising that golfers are now becoming increasingly demanding about the condition of the fairways.

Many courses are limited in their options for mowing in different directions on their approaches and surrounds, or even their fairways. This can result in the grass developing a nap, and consequently an uneven cut.  GreenTek’s new Turf-Conditioner 12 is excellent for lifting the grass before mowing to overcome this problem, and is already gaining rave reviews from delighted users.

GreenTek’s new solution for nap and thatch

GreenTek’s new solution for nap and thatch

At a demonstration on a course where their policy of mowing the fairways 50/50 for economy had resulted in a nap problem, the Head Greenkeeper said, “I’ll ask you the question that every Head Greenkeeper should be asking – how much is it, and when can I have one?”

The benefits of the Turf-Conditioner are numerous. Not only is nap lifted and thatch effectively removed, but better air circulation is provided around the grass plant which helps to minimize the conditions for fungal disease.

Josh Thurley, Golf Course Manager at Malden Golf Club says, “We chose the GreenTek Turf-Conditioner because of its ability to follow the contours and undulations on our fairways without any hassle. We have been using it on the fairways since March and have seen some great results already within the sward and surface quality. We have 8 hectares of fairways, and we complete the whole golf course within 4hrs. I’m looking forward to also using in our long eco rough, to thin the sward and still leave the long wispy grasses.”

“The versatility and quickness of use is excellent, and I would recommend any club to invest in one for their course”

The turf-conditioner has many unique features.  The three rows of rakes are all slightly offset so that the tines give a very closely spaced raking pattern. The angle of pitch is adjustable to enable just the right degree of thatch removal to be achieved.

GreenTek’s new solution for nap and thatch

GreenTek’s new solution for nap and thatch

The unit floats freely on the tractor’s linkage when working across rig and furrow undulations, and the pivoting wing sections enable it to accurately follow the contours around course features.

The Turf-Conditioner demonstrates that not all course machinery needs to be complex or expensive to yield outstanding benefits. Sometimes you just need a more efficient way of implementing good common-sense greenkeeping practices.  Demonstrations are readily available through GreenTek’s nationwide dealer network by calling 0113 267 6000.

A video of the Turf-Conditioner 12 in action can be viewed on the website at:  https://www.greentek.uk.com/products/turf-conditioner/

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GreenTek’s Sarel Roller

GreenTek’s Sarel Roller: After all the heavy rain we’ve had lately, it’s time to open up the surface of your greens! The Sarel Roller from GreenTek assists with irrigation by spiking the surface and creating thousands of holes for rainfall to fall into.

Its rear brush sweeps this water and dew down the holes and deep into the root zone. This leaves an open surface which drains freely.

GreenTek's Sarel Roller

The elimination of puddles and standing water on the surface helps get your greens back in play quickly. It also helps the grass dry faster, reducing the risk of fusarium to promote healthy turf.

As the season goes on and we start to see the warmer summer weather, the combination of dust and foot traffic will also cause the greens to become sealed.

This results in rainfall evaporating off without being absorbed into the root zone where it is needed. The Sarel Roller, by opening up the surface, prevents this happening.

Truly this exceptional bit of kit is a must-have for greenkeepers and groundsmen who want to maintain quality turf that breathes and drains, whilst allowing nutrients to be absorbed.

The Sarel Roller has a working width of 1.5m so it can cover a large area, and it has a weight of 138kg. Its rear brush has a working width of 1.5m with a weight of 8kg.

Use the Sarel Roller to:

  • Prick thousands of small holes through sealed turf surfaces
  • Brush and disperse surface water and moisture
  • Decrease use of wetting agents
  • Reduce risk of fusarium
  • Incrase germination rates by using before and after overseeding

All GreenTek products are covered by at least a 2 years parts and labour warranty for commercial use and 3 months warranty for hire use.

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