The Head Greenkeeper at Eyemouth Golf Club has praised Redexim’s Multi-Seeder for transforming the overseeding operations at the Scottish club.
Where previously, overseeding the 18 greens would have taken a team of three more than a day to complete, with the Multi-Seeder the task takes just a matter of hours – resulting in major labour savings and improvements in germination too.
Eyemouth is a clifftop/links course perched on the top of Gunsgreen Hill in the Scottish Borders. Its exposed coastal location means that when it comes to seed, it’s salt-tolerant Fescues required for the greens; however, without a seeder at their disposal, overseeding was limited by resources to an annual operation.
“We would aerate, then broadcast the seed with a spreader, then have to manually brush the seed in and topdress which was all hugely time consuming” explained head greenkeeper Keith Burgon, who has been at the club for seven years.
“I have used the Multi–Seeder before and have seen first-hand the fantastic results it achieves at other clubs. After speaking to Ian Lauder from Redexim, we had one in on demo from our local dealer Hendersons, so that we could check it would suit our course conditions. We had the opportunity to try it on a couple of our greens and tees, and the whole team were immediately impressed by the minimal disruption it left and the great germination that followed.”
Since taking delivery of the 1.2m wide Multi-Seeder 1200 in September last year, it has already helped to deliver important fescues into some of the courses most exposed greens.
Keith added: “The twin sarel roller set-up is creating double the holes, so double the opportunity for getting seed into the ground. This undoubtedly helped us to see good germination, despite us not getting out with it until late November. The fact it is equipped with two brushes also means that an additional member of staff isn’t required to follow the Multi-Seeder round. What was previously a three-man job, is now complete in one pass.
“With the growth in golf, it’s more important than ever to be able to get jobs such as overseeding done as quickly and effectively as possible. Now that we have the Multi-Seeder, not only can we overseed more frequently throughout the year to boost course condition, the clean finish means we can complete the operation prior to play commencing, and the golfers will barely notice anything has been done.”