London, England: Campey’s Pitch Renovation Tour is over, but the work to improve pitches has just begun.
The tour visited many different sports pitches, including local authorities and local club football pitches, over a five-week period starting in Sweden, followed by two venues in Finland, Norway and Denmark, covering 2,702 miles.
The Campey Turf Care team, assisted by its distributors across Europe, delivered five complete pitch renovations to demonstrate the full impact on a natural turf pitch.
“Our job is to spread the word on how to achieve the finest natural turf pitches in the world in an economic way,” said Richard Campey, Managing Director of Campey Turf Care Systems, a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“It’s now up to the groundsman to carry what he has learnt from the renovations through to his own team of groundsmen. If he does this he will see vast improvements in the seasons to come.”
A renovation consists of a number of processes and passes. The initial preparation involves ‘koro-ing’ with the Koro Field Top Maker. This removes the entire organic matter layer down to a precise depth of 30 mm using the Terraplane rotor with the side arm elevator channelling the debris directly into a trailer for removal, leaving a totally clean finish.
This is then followed by an Imants Rotosweep, which is used with a scarifier to remove any remaining debris. Aeration is tackled with an Imants ShockWave and a Koro Recycling Dresser to totally de-compact the playing surface.
Sand is spread with the Dakota Turf Tender and Raycam Speedresser which is then levelled with the Koro Speedharrows ready for-re-seeding using a Vredo Compact Overseeder.
By showing all of the available techniques and equipment, groundsmen were given the opportunity to identify which areas of turf maintenance and or renovation were appropriate to their respective facilities.
Each visitor had a unique opportunity to learn how easy it was to switch to a more effective maintenance regime. Even by adopting a few of the methods shown and incorporating them into their existing practises, they could bring about significant improvements to their sports turf surfaces.