LJN Blog Posts

PRO Supplier

ICL fit for a King at Radley College

Adam King, Grounds Manager at Radley College in Abingdon, Oxfordshire has reported excellent results from ICL’s ProTurf and Vitalnova Stressbuster - which he says have helped him improve the health and presentation of the school's vast array of sports pitches.

Adam has been at Radley for 17 years, and is responsible for the maintenance of the huge 800 acre site which includes a tenanted farm and a 9-hole golf course as well as the numerous natural and synthetic pitches. Sports played at the College include rugby in the Michaelmas Term, hockey, rowing and football in the Lent Term and cricket, rowing, lawn tennis and athletics in the Summer Term.

“We have 694 boys at Radley and sport is a major part of their life,” says Adam. “The campus is incredibly busy and the pitches are in use all-year round. We host 26 rugby teams, 16 football teams, 22 hockey teams and 24 cricket teams each year.”

Adam has a large team to help him with the mammoth work required to keep the facilities to the impeccable standards expected by Radley College. There is a total of 18 grounds staff including Adam, which consists of eight groundsmen, two greenkeepers and seven gardeners.

The team has strict maintenance procedures in place and, according to Adam, ICL products play an integral role.

“I have a long history with ICL and I have always found the products to provide consistent results.

“What I like about ICL is that, as a company, they are always looking ahead, always developing new products and adding to the stable of quality products. For what we need to do and what we need to achieve at Radley, no matter what the time of year – whether it is relieving turf stress or making grass grow, whatever you need ICL has, and you know that the products perform as you would expect.”

Adam applies ProTurf 15-5-15+2CaO+2MgO in readiness for a busy period of winter sports in which the potassium element can help pre-condition the turf for intensive play and the inevitable harsh weather.

“ProTurf is applied in early August so the grass surfaces are actively growing for the start of the season. The one thing we work on really hard here is recovery - for as long as we can. As long as the soil temperatures are there and the moisture levels are there, we want the grass to keep growing because we have 14 weeks of rugby followed by 12 weeks of football. We all know that by the time we get to January or February the recovery rates are minimal so if we can keep it growing up until Christmas then we will and this is where ProTurf really helps.”

ProTurf contains a combination of Poly-S controlled-release fertilizer technology, readily available urea Nitrogen, and Polyhalite, a naturally occurring mineral sourced from ICL's Cleveland Potash mine.

The Poly-S technology gives consistent, regular growth over a 2-3 month period without growth peaks while the uncoated Nitrogen portion provides an immediate turf response, even in cooler conditions. Polyhalite contains four macro-nutrients - Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium and Sulphur. Potassium is required for the process of energy transfer, especially photosynthesis and the breakdown of carbohydrates.

“We base feed with ProTurf,” Adam continues, “and then top up with liquid irons and Sportsmaster WSF SeaMax (a soluble seaweed concentrate) along with Vitalnova Stressbuster – which is a product I would use absolutely everywhere if I could.”

Vitalnova Stressbuster is a unique liquid formulation which pre-conditions turf against stress and helps generate a quick recovery. Featuring iron which provides an instant colour, Stressbuster also contains a unique combination of macro and micro nutrients, wetting agents, bio-stimulants and amino acids.

“Stressbuster is a lovely cocktail of everything you require which gives you a superb result. It contains iron, bio-stimulants, a little bit of sugar, some nitrogen – all of which encourage recovery. Colour-wise I would say we get about 21 days out of it and you get an instant colour-up overnight which is perfect when we apply before a game. It can also be complimented with some Primo Maxx II growth regulator.

“Ultimately Stressbuster is helping us to produce a tightly knit sward that keeps its colour and sends as many roots down as possible. That’s what it is all about in winter sports - with rugby and football it is all about traction so it is important that you have the right products in place.”

It’s not just the products that Adam and his team get great results from: “Emma Kilby (ICLTechnical Area Sales Manager), who I’ve known for many years, is an invaluable person to talk to ensuring that we have the best possible nutritional programme in place,” says Adam.

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

You need to be a member of Landscape Juice Network to add comments!

Join Landscape Juice Network

Highlighted blog posts

Open forum activity

Andrea Sinclair liked AndyCharles-EnborneGardeningCo's photo
24 minutes ago
Roger crust replied to Norms's discussion stihl kombi extention
"I’m looking at buying this system , but can’t decide on petrol or the new battery system that’s coming out next month.
was also going to get the harness.
What would you recommend?"
4 hours ago
Peter Woolnough liked Trevor Stephens's discussion Converting a Pond to plant bed.
4 hours ago
Peter Woolnough liked Trevor Stephens's discussion Converting a Pond to plant bed.
4 hours ago
Jo Christoforides replied to Andy Sheridan's discussion Tricky customer
"Hi Andy,
I’m a career changer, so not in any way able to approach your problem from a technical point of view, but previously I had very intense relationships with my customers, who were often somewhat emotionally wound up at the time - for 25 years…"
5 hours ago
Benedict Simmons replied to Trevor Stephens's discussion Converting a Pond to plant bed.
"Don't forget to get the electricity for pump and lights disconnected. "
5 hours ago
Northern Arb Supplies posted a discussion
The wait is over - Rotatech chains to fit the Stihl MS150 saw are now available to order online!Shop Here or Find Out More
9 hours ago
David Benson replied to Norms's discussion stihl kombi extention
"this might be of use http://www.easyliftharness.com/"
9 hours ago
David Benson replied to Phil Voice's discussion Fly tipper caught red handed
"its degusting and he might as well have left the bag there looking at the state of it.
i was just north of doncaster the other day and there was fly tipping evereware including some asbestos "
17 hours ago
Adam Woods replied to Paul @ Ashgate Garden Care's discussion Moving sleepers
"Agreed on 2 people, but flu struck and it was me only.....the sleepers were craned onto the client's driveways.....so had to go today"
17 hours ago
Andrew Betteridge replied to Paul @ Ashgate Garden Care's discussion Moving sleepers
"That’s actually over engineered, barrow wheels are okay for sleepers."
17 hours ago
Andrew Betteridge replied to Paul @ Ashgate Garden Care's discussion Moving sleepers
"Something like this from Windysmith.

 
 "
17 hours ago
Andrew Betteridge replied to Andy Sheridan's discussion Tricky customer
"Come what may the water will flow out of the gravel over the pavers or push them up.
I really doubt that installing a permable base with baffles would have prevented this.
https://www.marshalls.co.uk/homeowners/assets/pdfs/driveway-garden-..."
18 hours ago
Dave Colton replied to Paul @ Ashgate Garden Care's discussion Moving sleepers
"I move them round using 2 people with a couple of timber tongs, makes handling them so much easier."
18 hours ago
Andy Sheridan replied to Andy Sheridan's discussion Tricky customer
"Hi Andy, the area in question was a hard standing (tarmac an£ slabs) previously. So if there was a problem, it wasn’t apparent on inspection."
20 hours ago
Andrew Betteridge replied to Andy Sheridan's discussion Tricky customer
"It makes more sense now.
With concrete under the top area of gravel there is fast run off of water onto the top of the sloping area.
But there must of been some sort of issue before the work was done.
 Andy "
20 hours ago
More…

stihl kombi extention

ive been using a stihl kombi with a 1m carbon extention its great but can be very tiring on the arms for long periods not due to the total weight of the machine more due to balance point, to combat this im thinking of constructing some sort of…

Read more…
3 Replies · Reply by Roger crust 4 hours ago

Tricky customer

Hi all, I’m new on here. Read through some of the threads and have to say I’m very impressed by the advice and knowledge which is being shared. So, perhaps some of you might be able help me put my mind at ease. I have a small company based in…

Read more…
22 Replies · Reply by Gary RK 3 hours ago