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MULTI-SPORTS


What’s in the shed? Mitsubishi MT 3000 tractor with loader Kubota STW40 Tractor Jacobsen TR320 ride on triple Jacobsen GP400 greens triple


Martin Lishman MDM 200 tractor mounted sprayer


Honda HRH 536 pedestrian mower x 2 Mastiff 91 mower


Cushman tractor drawn topdresser Toro ProCore 440


Groundsman 8120 tractor mounted aerator


Lloyds Paladin pedestrian cylinder mowers x 2 - one with groomer


Dennis verti-cutter Stihl backpack blowers x 3 Stihl hand held blower Stihl hedgecutters x 2 Stihl long arm hedge cutters x 2 Stihl brushcutters x 3 Stihl power brush Combi


Sisis Power-Brush Pro ride on brushing system


Amazone Smartcut tractor mounted Scarifier unit


Kubota G23 ride on Mower Techneat SSP pedestrian sprayer 80 litre Taskman power washer Water bowser (trailer)


On order – Stihl HSA94 R battery back pack hedgecutter


On order - Stihl FSA130R battery backpack brushcutter


On order - Stihl BGA100 battery back pack leaf blower


78 PC April/May 2019


Wimbledon, with the position going to Neil Stubley, who Peter refers to as ‘the right man for the job’.” Peter’s work on the courts also highlights how the change in climate has impacted the way grass is maintained. He said: “It’s scary to think how long I’ve been in the job because it’s been forty years now but, back then, the climate was different. You got to a certain time of the year and growth did almost stop completely and you could put the mower away in the garage. Now you get significant growth throughout the year and that impacts disease and worm control; and it’s so much more difficult now because you can’t just throw down a chemical and leave it to it.”


“The turf is now under more pressure in the climate we have because the dramatic changes in temperature put the plant under more stress. It’s vital that the plant is in top condition all-year round to resist disease and that’s a big part of the job now using the right nutrition and aeration and constant monitoring, especially during the winter months as you don’t get recovery until growth starts on a regular basis, so disease attacks can be devastating.”


“My programme on the grass courts is a combination of turf hardeners, feeds and conditioners that we use on a regular basis and we haven’t had a disease attack on the grass courts for eighteen months ... and I really wish I hadn’t said that,” Peter said laughing with a slight hint of nerves. “We haven’t put fungicide down for the last eighteen months, so the mix is wonderful stuff, and that’s what I need to do with the rugby pitches as well. It’s prevention rather than cure, because there really isn’t a cure now. I take a lot of advice because I’m not a scientist and chemistry baffles me, so that advice combined with my experience and knowledge gives me the answers that I need. I know it’s a cliché, but you never stop


learning and that’s why I’m never afraid to ask a question.” “We either very heavily scarify or Koro the courts every year now and virtually start again from scratch. If you’ve got a lot of poa there is invariably a residual seed bank which will re-establish, so it’s an ongoing programme. However, I’m really happy with the courts as they are now and there’s a healthy even sward with very little weeds and I can’t wait to get them open in May.” Peter’s hope for the courts is to have professionals use them for pre-Wimbledon training, as they used to in his first spell at the club. Attracting professional athletes to the club is important for members and guests alike. Every area of grass around the site is either for professional users, amateur users or casual observers.


The impact a well-prepared lawn, pitch or court can have on an individual should never be underestimated. Turf, unlike people, has the ability to give the ultimate first impression. It displays hard work, skill and pride through the effort it takes to present it in that way and can provide a feel-good factor.


Thousands of people visit The Lensbury each year and, although the number of people who play sport on turf may be small, the quality and presentation of the surfaces they use is high and, in Teddington, that is a testament to a very hard working team led by an experienced and influential Grounds and Gardens Manager.


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