In its 25 years, South East based ProGround has provided external grounds maintenance solutions to a variety of clients like schools, parks and sports clubs. Initially set up to offer landscape maintenance services, the last 5 years has seen a dramatic increase in the number of synthetic surfaces they have been asked to maintain. Managing director Adam Green turned to Charterhouse Turf Machinery for the specialist machinery the company has needed to complete these contracts.
“We were conducting a lot of projects at schools on their natural surfaces and were finding that an increasing number were installing artificial pitches, which at the time we weren’t able to maintain” explained Adam. “Rather than putting the business in the direction of other companies, we looked into purchasing the kit to be able to do it ourselves.”
Luckily, a few of the 20 guys Adam has on the road had experience of managing synthetic surfaces from previous positions. Through trade show attendance and previous experience with the Redexim Verti-Top, Adam contacted Curtis Allen at Charterhouse Turf Machinery.
“We turned to Charterhouse because we knew the kit would be more than capable of doing what we needed it to do, but also because of the support they offered.” The Verti-Top 1200 was purchased in 2015 and has become the fundamental piece of machinery in their ‘revitalisation’ procedure for artificial maintenance. The Verti-Top employs a rotary brush to remove debris and top-layer infill from the turf, then sifts the debris out in a unique vibratory shaker which redistributes the clean infill back on the field. Finishing the work is a rear lag brush, leaving a clean and smooth playing surface. “It’s a great bit of equipment in that depending on the brush depth, we can conduct a deep clean as well as a remedial clean.”
Adam estimates that in 3-4 years the synthetic work is likely to make up a large percentage of their total business, making the investment in machinery very worthwhile. “The guys have got a good feel for the machine, Curtis has been brilliant going above and beyond to help get them trained up and comfortable with operating it. Everyone, including the clients, are really pleased with what we’re achieving. The Verti-Top just backs up our ethos; top quality customer care and service all backed up with a very professional machine.”