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Mengenal ‘Penyakit’

Posted by mynormas on April 13, 2015

In the past few years I’ve been travelling visiting golf courses and a few football fields in Malaysia, one common problem I see is the difficulty some (let me stress that; some) Superintendents find it difficult to diagnose what is wrong with their grass. Especially on greens. I know it can be difficult to identify what disease is at fault except perhaps Fairy Ring but I find it a little alarming when the an insect attack is confused with fungi or even irrigation water contamination is blamed on disease (did that sound right). I’ve seen greens being compacted by some kind of heavy machinery and yet it was blamed on fungus. Sure, there were fungus on the green but you could see that the disease was mostly on the tyre marks and whatever the guy was dragging behind that tractor; a heavy roller perhaps? So I put together a slide that I used for teaching golf course staff on how to identify between abiotic and biotic causes of damage or disease on the course. I also saw a well-constructed football field having problems because the outlet drains were clogged: unclog it, and it improved almost immediately. The slides are in the Malaysian language because it is used to teach Malaysian staff. It is a two-day course and includes a calibration module. For more info on this and other field/course maintenance seminars, please contact me.

Penyakit apa membuat corak begini? What disease does this?

Penyakit apa membuat corak begini? What disease does this?

Dalam kerja saya sekarang, saya banyak melawat padang golf dan padang bola, dan salah satu masalah yang paling selalu saya jumpa ialah masalah pengenalan kepada penyakit di padang. Kekadang kita confuse di antara penyakit kulat dan serangan serangga. Kekadang masalah yang datang dari pengairan pun kita salahkan kulat. Saya pernah lihat rumput yang mempunyai kesan tayar pun di salahkan kepada kulat juga. Saya pernah lihat rumput yang di salah spray di salahkan penyakit rumput. Saya pernah jumpa padang bola yang di perbuat dengan sempurna dan di jaga dengan baik tetapi bermasalah, saya dapati masalahnya ialah paip outlet membawa air keluar dari padang telah sumbat. Setelah itu di perbaiki, padang tersebut telah berfungsi seperti biasa: tiada penyakit.

Saya telah membuat satu kursus bertajuk “Kursus Asas Aplikasi Racun di Padang” untuk di ajar kepada kakitangan padang dan slaid ini di gunakan sebagai petunjuk kepada mereka untuk membezakan punca penyakit. Ia dalam Bahasa Malaysia. Kursus ini adalah selama dua hari dan termasuk cara kalibrasi mesin. 

Untuk maklumat lanjut tentang kursus ini, sila hubungi saya…

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New Machinery Launch in Pavillion KL

Posted by mynormas on March 30, 2015

Dalam sebuah posting beberapa minggu lalu saya telah memperkenalkan sebuah mesin yang mampu memotong 4 kali lebih laju dari sebuah brushcutter. Mesin itu bernama AM61A di buat oleh sebuah syarikat Jepun bernama Orec yang juga akan memperkenalkan beberapa mesin lagi di Level 6, berhampiran Tokyo Street di kompleks membelibelah Pavillion, Kuala Lumpur.

AM61A di kawasan yang biasa di potong oleh brushcutter

AM61A di kawasan yang biasa di potong oleh brushcutter

Saya yakin AM61A boleh membantu banyak pengguna awam mengurangkan jumlah pekerja mereka. Oleh kerana mesin AM61A itu tidak di galas dan adalah ‘pandu-sendiri’ (self-propelled) maka ia lebih ringan digunakan. Siapa tahu? Mungkin kita dapat mengurangkan penggunaan pekerja asing dengan mesin ini.

Rabbit Mower operated by a lady.

Saya juga kagum dengan sebuah lagi mesin mereka yang mereka panggil Rabbit Mower. Ia adalah sebuah mesin kecil yang sesuai untuk digunakan oleh orang yang ada halaman besar, tuanpunya padang bola ataupun padang awam. Sebuah padang golf yang mempunyai rough yang banyak pokok juga patut melihatnya. Kenapa guna mesin canggih yang kita tidak punya mekanik untuk memperbaiki? Lebih baik guna mesin kecil yang murah dan mempunyai enjin yang mudah di baiki dan pisau yang senang di asah.

Saya juga berharap mereka akan membawa beberapa lagi mesin baru; apa yang saya ingin ialah mesin rumput menggunakan kuasa bateri untuk halaman kecil.

Kepada sesiapa yang ingin berada di Pavilion pada hari Isnin 30 Mac hingga 5 April dari 10.00 pagi hingga 10 malam, jangan lupa temujanji ini.

A few weeks ago I talked about a machine that can mow about four times faster than a brushcutter. The machine is called the AM61A. I have high hopes that this machine will eventually replaced most of the brushcutters in use in Malaysia and perhaps even start the push for more local workers (since hopefully less number of workers employed, maybe salary can be raised?)

I am also interested in a machine that they are bringing in called the Rabbit Mower (don’t ask me why they named it that) which I feel will also be good for Malaysians involved in grass mowing for small areas, or not so small; I think football fields or local authorities or even golf courses with rough that has a lot of trees; why not use a small machine that cost one third of a big machine that can’t manouvre in tight areas?

Pictrue of Rabbit Mower

Rabbit Mower in action.

They are also bringing a few other mowers too. I am really interested to see what a ‘Shuttle Mower’ is. I am really hoping they can bring in a battery operated mower for use in houses. I know there’s a market for that.

the invite to level 6 of Pavillion

Your invitation Card.

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Its MGA’s party

Posted by mynormas on February 24, 2015

I’m sorry, did you think I meant a ‘party’ kind of party in the title? I actually meant a seminar and golf. But with me as one of the speakers, it might as well be a party right? No? Ok fine, with golf at Impian Golf and Country club; then its a party? No?! Good food? No? Ok. We’ll treat this as a serious matter then. Come on lah… when do I get to do any fun stuff?

The Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) through its Education Sub-Committee is bringing together the stakeholders of the Malaysian golf industry; the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Malaysia (GCSAM), Golf Club Managers Association of Malaysia (GCMAM), club owners and committees together in one place for a half-day seminar and a roundtable discussion to discuss any issues pertaining to the Malaysian golf industry.

I’ll be talking about the Five Mistakes on Greens, there are actually more than five of course, but I’d like to still keep some friends after the end of the talk. Don’t worry!!! I won’t mention any names of clubs or courses when I show the close up pictures of suffering greens. If you are curious which courses those pictures came from, after the talk, meet me privately and just slip some money into my palm when we shake hands. Maybe I’ll tell you, as long as you don’t tell anyone else: of course. We’ll keep it a secret. Hey, don’t judge me ok? I’m a consultant so my services are for sale to anyone with money to give.

GCSAM’s president Mr. Jack Cheong will be speaking about the transformation of Malaysian golf courses from Cowgrass to modern superdwarfs and his experience in RSGC. At least, I think he’s going to talk about that lah. He did tell me, but its almost 2am now and I’m almost 50 y.o. so I don’t really remember what he said. Tell you what, you come by that day and he sure will tell you what he’s going to tell you. Deal?

In any case, when was the last time you actually went out of your office and tell your boss you are going to learn some new things and meet new people for only RM50 or RM110?

Its on the 2nd March. Thats next week. I know, it’s late notice. I am actually typing this last week on the 18th but I decided that if I tell you back then, you could forget about it during the long holidays.  So I set it to automatically post today because I thought I might as well tell you today so that you won’t forget. If you want to come it would mean you are a somebody at the club and I bet getting permission to attend a half-day event is a cinch right? In fact, you probably can give yourself permission? Right? I’ll be the first speaker at 9am (read: 9.15 at best) but do come on time.

See you then!

P.S. by the way, the ‘party’ part in the title was all me.

"Uhh... about that party thing? They changed it into a seminar instead"

“Uhh… about that party thing? They changed it into a seminar instead”

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Hot and kering

Posted by mynormas on February 23, 2015

The Malaysian Meteorological Department has issued a statement that the current hot and dry spell in Malaysia will last until end of March 2015. 
That’s 30 over days away. Bearing in mind that some parts of Malaysia haven’t had rain since a couple of weeks ago, the question to ask is; do you have enough irrigation water to last for the next 30 days? Or maybe even longer?
It would be good to know early so that you may want to start rationing, look for other sources of water or perhaps look around for other alternatives to making your irrigation more effective and efficient. You know, wetting agent, better sprinklers or even an irrigation audit. I’ve heard of claims that a slight increase in Kalium (thats Potassium to you Americans) will help in retaining water but don’t quote me.

Jabatan Meteorologi Malaysia telah mengeluarkan kenyataan tentang cuaca panas dan kering sekarang akan berlanjutan hingga akhir Mac 2015. Ini adalah lebih dari 30 hari dari hari ini.
Adakah kita mempunyai air yg cukup utk menyiram hingga April?
Jika tidak, kita mungkin perlu mencatu air, mencari sumber lain ataupun alternative lain seperti agen pembasah (wetting agent) audit sistem pengairan dan sebagai nya. 
Selamat Mencuba!

http://www.met.gov.my

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Rumput untuk Stadium

Posted by mynormas on January 27, 2015

Kesilapan memilih rumput adalah masalah utama kebanyakkan pemilik tanah, dari sekecil halaman rumah hinggalah ke sebesar padang golf. Rumput yang cantik di padang orang lain, belum tentu cantik di padang kita. Rumput yang cantik di dalam gambar, belum tentu cantik di tempat kita. Rumput yang cantik di nursery belum tentu cantik di laman kita.

Di tiap kawasan atau tanah atau tapak atau padang; redup, cuaca, iklim-mikro, keupayaan penjagaan, kegunaan dan sebagainya tak sama. Jadi jangan lah kita pilih rumput berdasarkan kecantikan atau kebagusan nya di tempat lain dan kita tangkapmuat dia di tempat kita dan berdoa supaya ia padan.

Di dalam slaid-slaid berikut saya cuba memberitahu apa yang saya pertimbangkan ketika saya membantu sebuah stadium membuat pilihan rumput. Saya cuba jadikan pemilihan rumput itu sebagai suatu proses sama seperti memilih pemenang dalam rancangan hiburan. Peserta rancangan hiburan ada menang dalam kategori tertentu dan ada peserta yang menang dalam acara keseluruhan. Begitu juga dalam pemilihan rumput; saya bahagikan proses pemilihan ke dalam tiga ‘kategori’ dan pilih pemenang untuk tiap kategori. Peserta yang paling banyak menang dalam kategori-kategori itu akan memenangi acara keseruhan. Tentunya pemilihan saya bukan muktamad, saya akan memberi ‘ranking’ dan terpulang kepada tuanpunya untuk membuat keputusan terakhir. Kadang-kadang, ada perkara yang berada di luar jangkaan seseorang. Contohnya tuanpunya mahukan rumput yang sama dengan stadium lain sediaada, atau rumput ranking kedua adalah rumput kegemaran boss, atau rumput dalam ranking pertama tiada ‘backup’ atau tiada di jual oleh pembekal/nursery lain. Maka mungkin tuanpunya mahu membuat ‘gamble’ dan memilih rumput dalam ranking kedua atau ketiga.

Menggunakan rumput yang tiada ‘backup’ adalah – pada pendapat saya – suatu keputusan yang berisiko tinggi. Padang kita  akan menjadi tebusan pembekal sekarang dan di masa yang sama, jika rumput di padang rosak atau mati seminggu sebelum suatu acara/pertandingan penting, kita tiada sumber untuk mendapat bekalan untuk menampal kawasan yang mati atau rosak.

Sebagai bonus, untuk mengelakkan pemilik padang ini menerima nasihat penjual yang memaksa mereka menggunakan terlalu banyak input sewaktu penanaman, saya telah memasukkan beberapa cadangan untuk proses tanam semula. Saya cadangkan supaya mereka kembali ke basic. Guna pasir kasar sudahlah, tidak perlu lain lain bahan seperti tanah liat, top soil yang terlalu banyak (satu lapis?) ataupun benda-benda ‘canggih’ lain.

Jika anda dalam proses memilih rumput untuk padang anda; silakan guna proses ‘3K’ ini. Jika anda ingin membuat penyampaian kepada boss anda dan anda memilih untuk menggunakan proses 3K, saya hanya minta anda beri kredit kepada saya.

Ataupun, jika anda akan membelanjakan jutaan ringgit untuk menanam padang, mengapa tidak belanja lebih kurang 0.001% dari satu juta untuk membayar seorang pakar yang telah membela rumput selama 20 tahun? Anda boleh tanya soalan ini sekarang atau anda boleh tunggu 3 tahun lagi bila soalan ini di tanya oleh pemberita, Board of Director ataupun pengguna ketika rumput di padang anda mula bermasalah.

Selamat membaca.

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A maintenance Schedule

Posted by mynormas on January 12, 2015

Can you play on this grass?

Kekadang kita dapati padang kita mempunyai masalah yang tidak dapat di elakkan seperti penyakit, serangga ataupun banjir; tetapi kadang-kadang masa kita nak guna padang tu kita dapati rumput kita ada masalah yang di lakukan oleh penjaga rumput. Kerja clash dengan Event; kalau kita tak bagi dia buat, dia ugut rumput mati, kalau kita teruskan, customer marah. Soalan: Adakah kita mempunyai Jadual Penjagaan? 

Do you find that the maintenance work your turf (football field, golf course, park, etc) keep clashing with major events, or that you have to apologize to a customer because he played on turf that is ‘less than perfect’? Do you become irritated when the turf maintenance guy asks for higher expenditure in one month and sometimes it is in the month with the lowest income?  Do you understand why, everyone and their mother, knows that the months of Nov and December of every  year is the rainy season but yet, after all this years, nothing has been done to prepare the turf so that minimal disease and damage happen? Have you ever asked, if everybody is aware of the date of the year’s main event (Club Championship, football final, concert season, school holidays etc) why can’t they prepare the turf to take the extra stress?

Question: do you have a turf maintenance calendar?

In the context of turf maintenance, there are a few maintenance works that fall under the category of ‘Cultural Practice’ that needs to be applied or performed at certain intervals.  Of course, for most turf areas these works disrupt play or enjoyment of customers, clients and guests. At the same time, most golf courses, football fields, or parks cannot afford to be closed wholly for long periods of time.

The best way to overcome this problem is to schedule these works into periods of low activity for example; in between football seasons, during fasting month, major exams week etc. This way, the disruption occurs to the least number of customers, which can be easier to handle.

Other benefits of scheduling work for the whole year includes:

1. Peaking the performance of the playing field/golf course during the period when it will receive the most media or customer attention.

2. Knowing exactly the amount of interval between the maintenance activity; e.g. between aerations or dethatchings; and adjusting accordingly.

3. Informing important guests or big organizers of when to schedule (or reschedule) their event. In my experience, several organizers are grateful  to be informed earlier and especially if we can help to point an alternate site for them.

4. Preparing the grass for the times when it is predicted to receive the most amount of stress. E.g. before the monsoon season, or before the grassed area is turned into a temporary car park for an annual sale or ‘buka puasa buffet’ or concert or lion dance etc.

5. Staggering the purchase of materials and equipment needed for one major work over many months will help in managing the cash-flow better and will help you spread the costs over the year.

6. Keeping staff employed effectively through most of the year.

How do you start?

Start by having two lists:

1. List of events for the year or probable time of the year for the events. This may include, school holidays, public holidays, wedding season, golf season etc.

2. List of maintenance work activities (cultural practices, liming, soil amendment etc). Basically any major work that will disrupt play. Forget regular fertilizing or irrigation or stuff like that that can be manouvered around play.

Also weather pattern for the past few years. Ok, you may ask: what pattern? Did I miss the global warming crisis? Stop making excuses and get a monthly bar chart of rain days or rainfall; at the very least, you can make educated guesses.

Next:

Simple sample of yearly schedule

  1. Take  one of your most important and biggest (messiest) work of the year and consider when you would have that.
  2. Choose the time when traffic is lowest on your site but weather is tolerable. And mark the dates for your work.
  3. Basing on the interval for the same work, set the  dates for the next round (e.g. twice a year: six months later, 4x a year: 3 months later etc)
  4. Then stagger the other works so that it is not too close to the main works as in no 2 and 3 above.

Its not that difficult is it? Well, who said turf maintenance was rocket science? Of course, if you’ve never done it before or if the turf maintenance guys don’t have the support of the event management or marketing or golf management guys/gals; they’ll never get it done and the result is finger pointing the whole year. I’ve seen it done and I’ve seen people lose their jobs too.

Of course its not the end of the story after you actually do the annual calendar. Then you do the monthly calendar. This is especially important to maintenance crews that have limited manpower and resources (tractor, machinery etc.) You plan your work so that you can have enough workers for your projects and enough projects for your workers.

Because of a tournament (in red ink) extra attention was given to the greens a week prior to the event. Of course lucky Mountan View had an experienced consultant (ahem) to guide them.

Now that is the easy but yet tricky part. At the same time it is important because this is the time when you should know the exact dates of tournaments, visits, etc so that you can plan your work.

Remember too that a schedule is not set in stone that it cannot be changed. But not having a schedule is as true as the cliche: “Failing to plan is like planning to fail”

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Shade & Serangoon

Posted by mynormas on December 8, 2014

I found a tee that was almost completely shaded by trees. I was told this has been the case for a few years.

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In my experience, in most cases, the tee would have been in poor condition, but not this tee.
Upon closer inspection and after asking the Superintendent, I was told that the tee – in fact the golf course – was planted with Serangoon grass (I believe its Digitaria didactyla). This strengthens my belief about the shade tolerance of Serangoon. There is a bit of browning and scalping on the surface which I believe are due to Philippine grass  (Zoysia tenuifolia?) planted there when they enlarged the tee.
Both grass are a lighter green in colour compared to Bermuda and Cowgrass.

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On the left is Serangoon, on the right is Zoysia.

It is a pity that the only nursery I know of that sold Serangoon has replanted it with Bermuda and golf courses that has Serangoon greens are rumoured to be contemplating to change to other grasses. I hope it is not about following a trend. I also hope that, in this context, they think about their shade issues too.

Baru baru ini saya terjumpa sebuah tee (org Malaysia kata tee-box) yg hampir terlindung sepenuhnya oleh pokok. Ini bukan perkara baru tapi selalu nya saya perhatikan rumput di tee yg terlindung akan bermasalah rumput yg terlindung akan kurang makan kerana kurang photosynthesis dan akan memanjangkan daun utk mencari matahari dan memendekkan pertumbuhan akar utk menjimat tenaga.

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Tapi di tee ini, rumput ini subur walaupun sudah bertahun tidak di baja.
Saya di beritahu tee ini di tanam dengan rumput Serangoon yg memang di kenali sebagai rumput yg ‘shade tolerant’. Ia juga di campur dengan rumput Philippine sewaktu tee di besar kan saiznya.
Adalah malang sekali jika kita kehilangan species rumput tempatan ini kerana satu satu nya nursery yg menjual Serangoon sudah tidak lagi menjual nya. Dan padang golf yg mempunyai green Serangoon di khabar kan akan menukar kepada rumput lain.  Kita memang suka benda benda import ni kan? Rumput, kereta, baja, consultant…
Apa pun saya harap mereka ambil perhatian tentang kawasan terlindung di padang mereka. Jangan menyesal kemudian…

example of tees suffering under shade
Contoh contoh tee yg rosak akibat teduhan (examples of tees damaged due to shade)

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Rumput saya sakit?

Posted by mynormas on November 24, 2014

Sejak kebelakangan ini saya menerima beberapa persoalan dari beberapa tuan rumah tentang apa yang mereka lihat sebagai sarang labah-labah halus di rumput mereka setiap pagi. “Apa patut saya buat?” Pertama sekali, ia bukan labah-labah; apa yang kita lihat ialah mycelium dari kulat. Juga boleh di kenali sebagai hypha atau hyphae. Saya dah tak tahu ejaan dalam bahasa Malaysia sebab apa yang saya belajar dulu dah tak sama dengan apa yang anak saya belajar sekarang. Tapi mungkin miselium dan hifa

Mycelium atau miselium atau hyphae atau hifa

Mycelium atau miselium atau hyphae atau hifa

Kulat adalah sejenis organisma yang mendapat makanan dari organisma lain yang hidup atau pun yang dah mati. Ia akan menggunakan hifa (hyphae) untuk mencari nutrient yang boleh di serap. (Reference: www.factmonster.com). Kalau ia parasit; ia akan mencari makan dari organisma (haiwan atau tumbuhan) hidup, dan jika ia mencari makanan dari bahan organik yang dah mati ia adalah saprofit (Reference: someone’s blog).

Kita boleh lihat pada rumput akan ada simptom atau tanda penyakit seperti bintik atau tompok. Tanda atau simptom akan berbeza mengikut jenis kulat yang menyerang. Buat masa ini, kita tidak perlu tahu dulu symptom dan tanda penyakit atau kulat pada rumput. Cukup sekadar apa yang anda lihat sebagai sarang labah labah itu dan juga jika rumput anda mati bertompok tompok. Kadang-kadang tompok itu adalah kering atau di serang serangga. Untuk mengenal tanda penyakit, pergi ke sempadan di antara rumput sihat dan rumput mati dan lihat pada daun; jika ia mempunyai bintik atau garis coklat; ia adalah penyakit. Jika ia mempunyai kesan gigitan atau tiada daun langsung; ia di serang serangga. Jika daun ada dan terlipat; ia kering, terutamanya jika daun yang sihat di sebelahnya tiada ada apa apa tanda.

Lihat bintik pada daun.

Lihat bintik pada daun.

Apa yang patut anda buat sekarang ialah cuba untuk mencegah penyebaran penyakit tersebut dan rawat rumput yang sakit.

  1. Beri ruang udara dan cahaya kepada kawasan yang sakit. Alih pasu atau trim pokok yang berdekatan.
  2. Pastikan air tidak bertakung: lihat selepas hujan samada kawasan itu  lecak terlalu lama. Cuba baiki saliran.
  3. Lakukan pengudaraan tanah supaya akar rumput boleh bernafas.
  4. Hentikan siram. Beri arahan spesifik kepada pembantu/suri/tuan rumah untuk jangan siram. Ada pembantu/suri/tuan rumah guna alasan siram rumput untuk bergosip dengan orang rumah sebelah; maka mereka akan siram sambil pegang payung untuk lindungi diri dari hujan. Lawak…
  5. Bila rumput dah pulih atau anda perlu siram tempat lain: JANGAN, JANGAN, JANGAN siram lepas pukul 3 petang. Jangan siram waktu balik kerja. Siram awal pagi sebelum pergi kerja. Siram masa balik kerja bererti anda siram rumput yang dah tandus dan akan menyebabkan kawasan lembab dan ideal untuk kulat.
  6. Tinggikan ketinggian potongan (BUKAN jangan potong). Jika anda masih lagi menggunakan mesin potong galas belakang berpisau tali nylon; hubungi saya untuk mesin pisau besi atau rumput plastik. Atau hubungi kontraktor terdekat untuk quote harga tile semua laman anda.
  7. Jika kawasan anda besar; gunakan racun fungicide yang organik seperti neem oil. Atau guna racun fungicide yang broadspectrum yang boleh di dapati di kedai hardware. AMARAN: Penggunaan racun mempunyai risiko tinggi. Ikut arahan label. Saya tak menggalakkan penggunaan racun di rumah; jadi berhati-hati.

Akhir sekali, jika masalah penyakit berterusan atau berulang ulang, maka ada kemungkinan nya rumput yang anda pilih adalah tidak sesuai dengan kawasan tersebut. Ingat, apa yang sesuai dan cantik di rumah jiran, belum tentu sesuai di rumah kita. Mungkin dari segi keadaan (teduh, siraman, jenis tanah dsb), kemampuan (masa untuk menjaga, membaja, menyiram, memotong dsb) dan kegunaan (rumah mereka mungkin tiada anak kecil ataupun kawasan rumput mereka jarang di pijak dsb) adalah berbeza dari satu lokasi ke satu lokasi.

Selamat mencuba!

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Padang dan belang

Posted by mynormas on November 18, 2014

Stripes, whether on a football field or a golf course fairway, are nice to look at. Some Superintendents/Groundsmen are quite creative and can create nice patterns. However, the danger of having one direction of stripe for years and the same mower every time we mow, is creating ruts where the tyres are.

File picture; not directly related to story.

Nice stripes from a simple tractor. But at least this is a light machine.
Gambar hiasan.

For those not in the know; to get those nice stripes that you see on TV or at your local field/fairways/rough, the mower operator has to mow in the same place and at the same direction every time. The grass then bends in that particular direction and when the mower comes back on the ‘return’ trip, the grass will bend in the opposite direction. The effect of light reflecting on the bent grass are what creates the striping effect. Not really the cutting action per se, more likely the rollers behind the ‘knife’.

Its easier to do with some grass compared to others. For the grasses that are harder to create the stripes, the mower operators has to be disciplined and skilled enough to be able to repeat that task every time he/she mows. Some courses/fields can have a few directions to spread the wear and tear but in Malaysia, most clubs will have one one direction of mowing; from tee to green of fairway or on the football field, from one side of the field to the other i.e. left to right.

If you don’t spread out the wear and tear and keep on mowing in the same place/direction every time over many years and even during wet soil conditions – especially if you don’t aerate your fairways – what will happen is that the machine’s tyres will always be in the same location every time you mow and this will soon create ruts.

Maybe not my best artwork; but what I'm trying to show is a profile of ruts created by a machine.

Maybe not my best artwork; but what I’m trying to show is a profile of ruts created by a machine’s tyres.

I recently advised one club to change the direction of their fairway stripes because it has been that since the beginning. I suggested a ‘diamond’ cut from two directions to create a checker board effect from a straight up and down striping as it is now. At least then there can be two set of places where the machine’s tyres can be placed and since that particular club mows its fairways twice a week, that means on one day it will mow from left to right and on the other; right to left.

When the owner came by a few weeks ago, he decided he preferred the old stripes and instructed the Superintendent to go back to the old stripes. The Superintendent were not able to give a proper explanation why we changed mowing direction and had no choice but to go back to the previous direction.

Sigh… I guess I should let it go, but the rainy season has just begun and I’m afraid the ruts will just get worse.

Belang pada padang – samada pada fairway padang golf atau di padang bola – adalah cantik. Tetapi ia datang dengan kos tertentu. 

Pedulikan botol air mineral tu. Apa yang saya nak tunjuk ialah arah rumput baring akan menentukan warna belang rumput.

Pedulikan botol air mineral tu. Apa yang saya nak tunjuk ialah arah rumput baring akan menentukan warna belang rumput.

Untuk mendapatkan belang tersebut, si operator yang membawa mesin mestilah memotong pada arah dan tapak yang sama setiap kali dia memotong. Ini kerana belang itu datang dari rumput yang ‘baring’. Bila mesin itu potong ke arah hadapan kita, rumput itu akan baring ke pergi dari; dan bila mesin itu potong di arah berlawanan iaitu ke arah kita, rumput akan baring ke arah kita. Cahaya yang melantun atas permukaan rumput itu akan membalikkan jumlah cahaya yang berbeza dan memberi kesan belang yang kita nampak. 

Oleh kerana mesin itu terpaksa potong pada arah dan lokasi yang sama setiap kali ia potong selama bertahun-tahun; tayar mesin itu akan berada di lokasi yang sama dan akan membentuk lekuk terutamanya bila kita potong pada waktu tanah lembik; i.e musim hujan. 

Untuk mengurangkan efek tersebut, saya cadangkan padang mempunyai dua atau tiga ‘pattern’ belang supaya mampatan dari tayar boleh di sebarkan ke beberapa lokasi. Ini mungkin membantu. 

Example of striping on football field

Contoh belang atau stripe di padang bola.

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CIMB Classic 2014

Posted by mynormas on September 23, 2014

The CIMB Classic 2014 is back in KLGCC from the 27th of October to the 2nd of November. With it, the golf course maintenance volunteer program and seminar returns.With great speakers to fulfil your intellectual appetite, working (as a volunteer) at one of Asia’s best golf course to satisfy your curiosity and watching some of the world’s best golfers in action to gratify your golfing mind; you should stop reading now and go straight to the form below, print it out, fill it up and fax it in (don’t forget to make payment too ya?)

Still reading? Let me tell you more. The seminar is presented by the Golf Course Superintendents’ Association of Malaysia, some of the speakers include Dr. Thomas Nikolai, Bruce R. Williams CGCS, Paul Jansen, Glenn Wright, Glen Forsdike, Steve Wilson, Nigel Taylor and our own Nizam Othman! With experiences from academics, past-president of the GCSAA, an architect, a superintendent and various technical experts, we can expect only the best in theoretical knowledge from the seminar. Ok enough. No need to read anymore. The form is below.

STILLLL reading? The volunteer programme allows us to be on the ‘other’ side of the rope, not just touching but working in the bunkers and on the greens where the great golfers have walked and the spectators who pay a day’s salary (well someone’s day!) can only drool over. Imagine the stories you can tell your flightmate at your next game of golf. They ‘hear’ about the greens’ cutting height and mowing operation; YOU ‘see’, ‘touch’ and ‘help out’ with the whole thing! Can you imagine the look on their faces? Now quit reading and fill up the form.

Aiyoo… no work to do? Still want to read? No more Mr. Nice Guy from me: Lets admit it: there is a possibility (a small possibility) that you may end up being famous worldwide by screwing up the work on the greens that’s cut so low (you have to come and be a volunteer to find out how low) that the walk-behind operators have to control their breathing, so be advised that we will be watching you closely. KLGCC is one club where there are so many staff who are qualified, well-trained and experienced but they still asking for volunteers because they want to share the knowledge and the excitement of being part of a world-class golf event. So please stop reading now and fill up the form. And pay up…

Alamaaak. Still reading… This seminar (like any other seminar; I know) is also a place where we get to network and make new friends and learn new things. Ya right; more likely we look for our old friends and gossip about old things, don’t lie; but a great excuse anyway. However, if you really want to network, wait till you are a part of the team that meets up at 4.30am, walk an unfamiliar course in the dark, work on problems that you thought were small stuff but to the pros are big issues, then go back to the workshop with sore feet, tired hands, full bladder (cannot pee behind tree!) but satisfied heart and meet with like-minded people; then only you know what networking means. Now fill up that form lah. I have nothing more to say.

Really: Nothing. More. To. Say! Ok… maybe a sentence or two more. Last paragraph. You are not a golfer? Never mind, attend the seminar to learn about golf course maintenance and come early as volunteers to get some pointers. I don’t play and I attend, so at least they got one pretty face already. Join me.

This is for us to read. You can download this or the pdf format below this.

This is for us to read. You can download this or the pdf format below this.

KLGCC 1 volunteer 2014

Yes! this is the form. Print this out or download the pdf format below. You know what to do next.

Yes! this is the form. Print this out or download the pdf format below. You know what to do next.

KLGCC Form 2014

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