Mike Norris, Greenkeeping manager of Holywell-cum-Needingworth Bowls Club in Cambridgeshire has updated his Vitax Supaturf Ev-N- Sprey sprayer after 15 years service with the older model.
"It had worked well but after all that time it was held together with Elastoplast on top of Elastoplast," he says. "We're a small club with about 75 members but during the playing season the green is in use every day hosting county and inter county matches, Cambridgeshire league matches with friendly fixtures against other clubs at the weekends. We spray 3 to 4 times a month on average all through the year."
Applying fertilisers, chemicals and fungicides with the same sprayer means that Mike needs a machine that is easy to clean, easy to wash out and easy to take apart so that the components can be washed separately. "After using our new Ev-N-Sprey 250 for the last 18 months we've found it very straight forward in this respect and simple to operate via the single on/off switch for the electric pump," Mike continues. The fact that the sprayer is light weight is also important. "When you're pushing 25 litres of product you want as little extra weight as possible both for the green itself and the operator," he explains. But the most important considerations are reliability and cost.
"To run a green costs a lot of money. You have to budget for chemicals and fertilisers as well as paying all the club's utility and maintenance bills," Mike points out. "We're hoping that our new Ev-N-Sprey 250 will serve us, like the last one for a good 15 years."
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