We will be working our Terralift machine in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Banff (north past Aberdeen!) for the week of the 8th June.
We will have our caterpillar tracked machine on board as this can deal with back gardens, around tree roots and even on cemeteries! Working on football pitches would require our slightly larger "Scamper" Terralift machine.
As always, if you need our aeration services it would be good to combine this whilst we are in the area.
The timing of Chelsea Flower Show also signifies the ideal time for aerating the ground.
This is best done before the British summer strikes and lack of rainfall means the ground is hard. Terrain Aeration report a considerable number of enquiries stemming from advice being given at the Chelsea Flower Show.
The experts have been advising that aeration is vital for compacted soil, to relieve waterlogging and get oxygen to the root zone. As a direct result Terrain Aeration have had numerous enquiries and requests from growers and landscapers for site inspections for flower gardens, lawns, a football pitch with adjoining cricket outfield and areas with trees.
The Terralift machine will be demonstrated at the Forest Research Station, Roslin, Midlothian, EH25 9SY on Friday 19th August, 2011.
Terrain Aeration are the only operators of this deep aeration machine which was designed to aerate around tree roots. By injecting air one-metre into the root zone increases the percentage of available oxygen uptake via the root system. Extra benefits mean that by decompacting the root zone helps root growth and rainfall intake. Once this work has taken place, natural rejuvenation of the soil structure takes place and it is highly unlikely that this type of treatment would be required again.
I would like to remind people that with the bad weather we have been having over the last three years, pests and diseases are rampant and more and more often you hear of Phytophthora problems (water borne).
By using the Terralift machine to aerate beyond the root zone (one-metre) we can get the excess water to drain away and increase the oxygen percentage the roots can access. Injection of the dried seaweed on the tail end of the blast of compressed air expands and contracts with the moisture content in the soil, keeping the fractures and fissures open. Backfilling the probe holes with aggregate aids in the whole aeration process.
Winter snow, slight thaw and melt water freezes under the snow, more snow, thaw and rain – another terrible combination for groundsmen and greenkeepers.
The trouble is that because of the “perma-frost” which has been very nicely “growing” underneath the soil, the melt water has not been able to penetrate this layer – flooding has occurred and the reason why the UK is not able to recover in a way that the general public do not understand. On a golf course which looks lovely and green now that the snow has melted away, does not show them the permafrost which is underground and why some puddles have not cleared completely – it is the greenkeepers fault because they have not kept up their work.
Budgets have been whittled down to the barest essentials – greenkeepers and groundsmen have to be accountants as well in their field of maintenance. Here are some ideas of saving money in the long term.
After the weight of the snow, combined with freezing conditions all turf has suffered. The snow has blocked what little restricted winter daylight light there is and will have weakened the plants. Fungi growth and infections are slowed down by the snow but still thrive with the grass to feed on.
Melting snow on frozen ground still produces waterlogging on the top surface as the water cannot drain through frozen ground. Many of the problems lie underground, out of sight, and will remain and cause problems unless dealt with preferably in a cost effective way.
Advice from Lynda Green at Terrain Aeration is to ensure a healthy sward by decompacting and aerating the surface as soon as it can be walked over and when the ground has defrosted. This will produce oxygen around the roots and get them breathing again. An open and aerated soil provides stronger root growth which means a healthier sward without expensive herbicides and pesticides.
Every area of public and private expenditure is under scrutiny to see where savings can be made and the approach to pitch drainage can make a significant difference to long and short term expenditure.
Terrain Aeration is one company that offer a long term economic solution which will carry the sports club through not just one but many seasons.
Lynda Green, Operations Director of Terrain Aeration explains how the Terralift works. “The Terralift offers a clean, reliable, and cost effective and environmentally impact free system for the treatment of compacted soil structures through the forceful injection of air into otherwise poorly aerated soil. The Terralift treats the area and gets rid of any compaction. This treatment is long lasting and has the added benefit of seaweed which is injected into the soil during the treatment to improve it.
The last time we were there was eight years ago in 2002 having originally been called in mid-season because the green was not performing well. Poor grass growth, standing water and a strong smell of sulphur (rotten eggs) suggested that something was drastically wrong with the underlying drainage: failure of grass growth resulted in black areas forcing members to play from rubber mats for the first match of the season.
The green was built into the side of a valley with the green forming a terrace with the down slope end on well drained black soil. The down-slope wasn't a problem and was in excellent condition; it looked good and played well and the drainage was how you'd expect.