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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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Peraturan Satu Pertiga

Posted by mynormas on August 26, 2014

In a democracy, majority rules, but in the world of grass keeping, we have something called “the rule of one-third”.  Did I make it sound dramatic? Well its one of the main mistake being made by a lot of people. So being dramatic gets me more attention and I think you need to pay attention. 

Most Malaysian homeowners, some football fields, municipal councils and even golf courses would be using knapsack brushcutters to cut grass. On top of that, they will use nylon cutting heads and untrained labour. This tends to get the grass to be cut too low. Lower than what it should be which is; no more than one-third of its original height. Irregular or mowing at too long an interval will cause this too. Its one of the reason that I told most golf clubs that are my clients to “never not mow your greens for more than one day”: i.e. Skip mowing greens ONE DAY only.

Terdapat satu peraturan dalam pemotongan rumput yang di namakan “Rule of one-third” atau “Peraturan satu-pertiga”. Ini adalah peraturan paling kerap yang di langgar oleh penjaga rumput di Malaysia. Sebab utamanya ialah kerana tidak tahu; tetapi juga kerana lebih mudah dan murah menggunakan:

Rumput yang di potong sekarang terlalu rendah. Warna keputihan yang kita lihat ialah warna 'batang' rumput.

Rumput yang di potong sekarang terlalu rendah. Warna keputihan yang kita lihat ialah warna ‘batang’ rumput.

  1. Mesin galas belakang (atau brushcutter) yang tidak dapat di tentukan ketinggian potongan.
  2. Menggunakan pisau di perbuat dari tali nylon yang juga merumitkan menentukan ketinggian potongan kerana panjang tali nylon tersebut tidak sama.
  3. Menggunakan buruh yang tidak terlatih.
  4. Menunggu masa yang terlalu lama sebelum mengulang potongan.
  5. Memotong tanpa mengambil kira jadual pemhajaan dan penyiraman.

Peraturan satu-pertiga ini mengatakan bahawa rumput tidak boleh di potong lebih dari satu pertiga dari ketinggian asal nya. Ini untuk mengekalkan jumlah permukaan daun yang cukup untuk melakukan fotosintesis dan juga menjamin masih terdapat cukup rumput untuk tumbesaran seterusnya.

Peraturan satu pertiga

Jangan potong lebih dari satu pertiga ketinggian rumput

Menggunakan brush cutter dan tali nylon akan menyebabkan pekerja menekan pisau ke tanah dan menyebabkan rumput di potong hingga ke batang. Begitu juga amalan memotong selepas membaja dan juga selepas menyiram atau hujan lebat. Rumput akan tumbuh lebih banyak dan lebih banyak daun akan hilang sewaktu memotong.

Jadi jika anda penjaga rumput (atau anda ada rumput yang orang lain jaga):

  1. Hentikan penggunaan brush cutter dengan nylon head di kawasan terbuka (kita masih perlukan nya di kawasan yang ada perabut atau tebing batu)
  2. Gunakan mesin yang kita boleh ‘set’ ketinggian potongan. Ini ertinya mesin yang ada tayar.
  3. Set ketinggian potongan supaya mesin tidak memotong lebih dari satu pertiga dari ketinggian rumput.
  4. Tentukan jadual pemotongan bergantung kepada pertumbuhan rumput: biasanya rumput yang pendek (3 – 8 mm) di potong setiap hari atau selang sehari; 15 mm (contohnya padang bola atau halaman rumah) di potong seminggu sekali atau dua kali terutamanya lepas hujan atau lepas baja; 25mm dan ke atas, 7 – 10 hari sekali. Kecuali jika di baja atau pada waktu musim hujan yang mana rumput lebih galak tumbuh.

Jika kawasan anda terlalu berbukit dan tidak boleh di potong menggunakan mesin bertayar; cuba gunakan mesin yang mempunyai kipas yang kuat dan akan terapung sedikit sewaktu memotong. Kami panggilnya ‘hover mower’.

Jika anda perlukan nasihat pemotongan, jadual pemotongan atau anda perlukan pembelian mesin untuk memotong rumput: hubungi saya di mynormasATconsultant.com dengan menggantikan AT dengan @

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