With unwanted accumulations

Head groundsman at Glamorgan CCC, Robin Saxton, says they have been removing thatch and annual meadow grass accumulations with their UltraGroomer that they purchased in conjunction with a 30” Infinicut FL mower in June 2020, to improve both presentation and overall plant health.

“The combination of the very wet winter quickly followed by warm conditions in the spring had caused a build-up of annual meadow grass on the square,” explained Robin, who together with a team of five maintains the Sophia Gardens Ground and an off-site practice area.

“We were familiar with the UltraGroomer from prior experience and felt it was going to be key to us clearing the accumulations and improving sward cleanliness moving forward. Since we’ve been using the cassette it’s exceeded what we hoped to achieve.

"During the main season, we were passing over the square every 3-4 weeks and each time were amazed at the amount of debris and organic matter we took out - we achieved a square which was clean, carried good pace and encouraged strong, healthy plant growth.”

Robin continued, “The UltraGroomer will also be used in pre-renovation work, to thin out the surface and create an ideal seed bed to optimise the results with our seeding and topdressing operations.” 

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