Dennis and SISIS head to BTME

Dennis and SISIS will be heading to Harrogate and BTME 2019 on their new stand-located in the red zone on Stand 247.

By visiting the Dennis and SISIS stand, greenkeepers, course managers and turfmanagers responsible for a wide range of various sports surfaces will get theopportunity to find out how the SISIS Rotorake TM1000, the Dennis FT510 and theexciting new Dennis PRO 34R could have a significant impact on the way theymanage their turf.

The SISIS Rotorake TM1000 is a tractor mounted heavy duty scarifier and linearaerator and is un-rivalled when it comes to removing and controlling thatch. Itincludes a collector box and floating unit to follow ground contours. Itscontra-rotating reel throws debris forward ensuring a clean, consistent grooveresulting in an excellent finish when the time comes to scarify. Withinterchangeable blades and a quick, simple depth setting without tools, it’s nowonder that so many turf managers have reaped the benefits from using theTM1000.

When it comes to all areas of fine turf, the Dennis FT510 professional mower, hasfor many years, been celebrated for its top performance and durability. With a51cm working width, the FT510 provides its user with comfort, flexibility andexcellent presentation. A true sense of control is obtained through the uniqueroller clutch drive for a smooth take-up and a variable clip rate helping tocreate the desired finish. Available with five-bladed and ten-bladed cuttingcylinders the machine can be matched to any situation and the interchangeablecassettes can be changed without the requirement of any tools. The range of 11different cassettes mean that one machine can be used for several keymaintenance tasks including scarifying, verticutting or brushing. This featurecombined with the click height of cut adjustment system makes it extremely userfriendly for its operators.

The PRO 34R was the machine that everyone was waiting in anticipation for – and now it is here. Officially launched just last month (November), this 34″ (860mm) rotary mower has been designed to help turf managers achieve an aesthetically pleasing appearance and desired playing surface.

The mower is ideal for sports pitches and lawns producing the enviable ‘DennisStripes’ while a powerful vacuum flow collects debris quickly and efficiently.The angle of the cutting deck and twin blades can be easily adjusted using asingle ‘click adjuster’ ensuring the mower is suitable for changing conditionsand meeting operator requirements.

Unique features of the Dennis PRO 34R Rotary Mower include 5 forward / 1 reverseselection for speed of operation, 90 litre capacity grass box, fully adjustableangle of deck for changing conditions, 2 section cast aluminium rear roller,single point height of cut adjustment for ease of operation, optional frontwheel or smooth/weile roller options and front brush for standing grassesupright.

Dennis & SISIS have been regular exhibitors at BTME for a number of years and asalways, the company’s experienced staff will be available to answer any queriesand offer valuable advice about the machinery on show.

Further information about the range of maintenance products available can be found byvisiting www.dennisuk.com/ www.sisis.com.

ICL trio work in sustainable approach

The Course Manager at Hesketh Golf Club has revealed how three ICL products play a significant role in his sustainable approach to golf course management.

Peter McVicar has been the Course Manager at Hesketh Golf Club for fifteen years after initially learning his trade on the west coast of Scotland. In creating the majestic course at Hesketh, Peter has been committed to taking a sustainable approach to greenkeeping.

“It is no secret that over the years there have been less and less regulated products available for greenkeepers to use and there will be even less soon,” he said.

“We’ve not used a fungicide in over 12 years. Yes, we get a bit of disease every now and then, but we accept it, and the members are on-board with this approach too. Communication with them is so important because we need to tell them what we are doing and why we are doing it.”

ICL trio work in sustainable approach

As part of the sustainable approach, Peter relies on three ICL products in the form of H2Pro TriSmart wetting agent, Vitalnova Links biostimulant and Gronamic Golf 6-2-4 – an organo-mineral fertiliser.

He explained how these three products benefit the course.

“We apply Gronamic around March, which gives us a nice gentle boost at the start of the year without any excessive growth which we are keen to avoid – it just makes everything healthy. I like the fact it has a turf proven seaweed incorporated as well as a recycled phosphorus source in the form of struvite to help keep everything ticking over.

“Initially we just used TriSmart on the greens but based on the results we decided to roll that out to other areas such as tees, fairways and approaches, as well as the greens. The results have been especially impressive on the fairways, and we are managing to keep them healthy going into winter. We have good coverage, and the difference has been down to TriSmart.

“Last but certainly not least is Vitalnova Links which is a very special product in my eyes. It has the unique seaweed extract SMX combined with the carbohydrate based biostimulant Blade, which is two products we used to apply so to have that together in one formulation is very beneficial from both a cost and practicality point of view.

“These are all products that I like to always have in my arsenal,” continued Peter. “With price increases going up all the time you need to be using products that perform, and these ICL products do exactly that.”

ICL trio work in sustainable approach

Peter admits that taking the sustainable approach is not without its challenges and that the ever-changing weather conditions will continue to make life difficult. He believes it is imperative that greenkeepers start looking towards the future.

“Temperatures will continue to change, and we have to keep looking forward to both practises and products that can futureproof the course as much as possible,” he said. “I think with the research that is happening, particularly from companies like ICL, there will effective be solutions available.

“The good thing about ICL is that you always feel that they are on your side. You talk and you walk; you tell them what you are thinking, and they help you out along the way. Rob Ainscough (ICL Technical Area Sales Manager) knows our story and what we are trying to do.

“The relationship with Rob is very good – he is an ex-greenkeeper, and he has my respect. He takes the time to ensure that all the members of staff know exactly what the products do and why they are applying them. In turn we then relay that knowledge to our members.”

Please contact ICL on 01473 237100 or visit www.icl-sf.co.uk or www.icl-sf.ie if you are in Ireland.