SPEEDCUT CONTRACTORS say the inquiries for sportsturf drainage have dramatically increased following one of the wettest years on record.
But, as the team prepares for BTME they report they managed to complete the majority of sportsturf projects before the worst of the winter flooding hit.
“We met the demands of clients by switching between jobs according to the ground conditions,” contracts manager Kevin Smith told The Landscaper
“The result of the appalling weather has been a very significant increase in inquiries for drainage work – particularly on golf courses.”
Winter work schedules allow for extensive use of the Gwazae deep-probe aerator which decompacts rootzones and allows for the injection of materials to help grass survive severe weather conditions – including frost, snow and flooding.
Treatment of golf greens and sports pitches can be carried out during the winter using special wide-profile tyres which reduce damage to turf in wet conditions.
Golf work in 2012 included Foxhills Resort and Golf Club where Speedcut have completed more bunker remodelling, tee re-levelling, path improvement and greens drainage. They have also installed artificial tees on the Manor course.
In Kent Speedcut constructed new tees, artificial pathways and installed drainage at the historic Chislehurst Golf Club and nearby at Sundridge Park Golf Club they built a new driving range, dredged and re-shaped a pond for a new bridge and walkway and relocated and levelled tees.
Speedcut also carried out tee rebuilding work at Orpington Golf Club, Kent, for owners Mytime Active.
Moor Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire had an old wetland area completely dredged and deepened while at Gerrards Cross Golf Club in Buckinghamshire, working with William Swan of Swan Golf Designs, Speedcut have started on improvements to the practice area with a new chipping green.
At Silvermere Golf Club, Surrey, they rebuilt the ninth tee and at Wimbledon Park Golf Club carried out drainage.
Drainage was also installed at Royal Mid Surrey, Old Fold Manor, Barnet, and Highgate Golf Clubs.
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