Archives for Golf Irrigation

Kenney Machinery Irrigation Technician Tom Bolton Looks Back on Career as Retirement Nears

For over two decades, when Kenney Machinery’s golf course customers saw Tom Bolton it meant only one thing—whatever problem they were having with their irrigation system was about to be fixed.  After October of this year, if they see Tom it will mean that he’s enjoying a round of golf on their course, because he is getting ready to enjoy a well-earned retirement. Tom first started working for Kenney Machinery in the late 1970s in the role of irrigation salesman and service technician.  After a two-year stint in that position, he left the company for a time and worked as
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How to Conduct an Effective Irrigation Audit

It’s that time of year again! July is Smart Irrigation Month, the Irrigation Association’s annual initiative to promote the social, economic and environmental benefits of efficient irrigation technologies, products, and services. The Irrigation Association (IA) is an organization that advocates for and provides services to the irrigation system and equipment makers, end users, designers, and contractors. The Smart Irrigation Month initiative encourages and reminds these professionals to collect data, verify systems are working properly, and identify ways to improve water-use efficiency. Not only is this an environmentally conscious undertaking, it’s an excellent way to reduce costs and save money. What
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Kenney Machinery Partners with HydraMax Erosion Control

Hydraulic erosion control products are mulches applied as a slurry and engineered to reduce soil erosion while assisting in the establishment and growth of vegetation.  Kenney Machinery has partnered with North America Green, the world’s leading provider of erosion control solutions, to give our clients access to the proprietary HydraMax™ Systems hydraulic erosion control products.  The main benefits of HydraMax products compared to other erosion control solutions include: They can be installed up to three times faster than erosion control blankets with 1/3 of the manpower. They have low water-to-mulch ratios that increase productivity by requiring fewer tank loads per
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Kenney Machinery Announces New Partnership with Prime Turf

For over a century, Kenney Machinery has been serving the Midwest (and now Florida) as the ultimate resource for turf professionals. Now, Kenney Machinery is proud to announce their new partnership with Prime Turf, a company offering innovative solutions for turf water treatment. About Prime Turf After decades as the superintendent of the Old Oak Country Club in Homer Glen, Illinois, Pete Lieponis was very familiar with irrigation water quality issues. Becoming increasingly frustrated with turf grass issues, Pete arranged for a consultant from Brookside Laboratories to test the quality of his irrigation water. Much to his amazement, he learned
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Kenney Machinery Toro Irrigation Special Going on Now

It’s that time of year again…time for the annual Kenney Machinery special offer to help you upgrade your irrigation equipment before you need to start using it this spring.  Whether you need conversion assemblies or sprinkler heads, we’ve got you covered: Buy Four Toro Sprinklers, Get One Free When you buy four qualifying Toro golf rotors, you get a FREE rotor of equal or lesser value.  You can choose from industry-leading 800S Series, the high-performance DT Series, and even the Infinity Rotors. Only Toro golf sprinklers are loaded with advantages such as: Patented TruJectory that allows main nozzel angle adjustment
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July Spotlight Customer: University of Notre Dame Golf

In order to help promote our customers and show our appreciation to them, each month we put the spotlight on one of our customers and feature them on our blog, promote them on social media, and mention them in our email newsletter. The spotlight customer for July is one who likely needs no introduction.  The University of Notre Dame is a household name not just in the U.S. but also in many countries around the world, and Kenney Machinery Corporation is proud to play a part in helping maintain the turf used by the Fighting Irish athletes.  Today we’d like
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Golf Course Irrigation System Maintenance: Five Best Practices You Should Be Using

Spring is here, which means that golf courses throughout Indiana and Kentucky are turning on their irrigation systems for the first time in a few months.  At least some of them will be in for some unpleasant surprises as they discover various problems with their systems.  In order to help you be prepared for potential problems—and hopefully avoid them altogether—we’ve compiled a list of five best practices for golf course irrigation system maintenance.  Follow these best practices to keep your system running smoothly throughout the spring, summer, and fall. 1: Don’t wait until something breaks to think about irrigation system
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Winterizing Toro Irrigation Systems for Golf Courses

Winter is just around the corner, and for golf courses that means it’s just about time to winterize their irrigation systems. Whether a golf course uses Toro irrigation systems or irrigation systems from another manufacturer, the general procedure for winterizing the system is fairly similar. While it’s something of a pain to accomplish, it is nonetheless very important if you want to avoid broken water lines next spring. Below is a general overview of the process used to winterize golf course irrigation systems. For instructions specific to Toro irrigation systems, download Toro’s winterization guide here. Step 1: Shut off the
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Using the Toro Geolink System to Increase Spraying Efficiency

Chemical spraying is key to proper turf maintenance, but it is also very expensive.  It’s easy to be wasteful and use too much of a chemical spray even with the best and most efficient equipment.  Fortunately, Toro has found a revolutionary new way to use GPS technology to make spraying turf in parks and golf courses less expensive and more efficient.  The new technology is known as the Toro GeoLink system, and it can be used with any Toro Multi Pro 5800 system. How GeoLink Works The Toro GeoLink system uses multiple GPS satellites and a Real Time Kinematic or
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Worried about what may be under all that snow?

What will all of this snow do to your golf course? So this has been the winter of record snow, polar vortexes, and unbelievable winter conditions that we will all remember for years to come.   Many golf courses have been covered in snow for extended periods of time, leaving many to wonder what they will see when it all melts in the coming weeks.   What strategies do you have and what should you be concerned about?   We share a recent article from the USGA that addresses those concerns and gives you the steps you need to take
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