The recently launched OxyShot is the latest addition to the aeration portfolio of Charterhouse Turf Machinery. Produced in response to industry demand for a machine similar to the popular ‘Robin Dagger’ air-injection unit, Charterhouse’s new machine promises to relieve compaction, improve drainage and revitalise growth.
Ideal soil conditions should comprise of 45% mineral, 25% water, 25% air and 5% organic matter. Any imbalance in any one of these components can result in the soil becoming inert, restricting growth or even killing the grass plant. For strong, healthy root formation and a free draining soil, maintaining a network of pores and fissures in the topsoil is essential.
The new OxyShot uses a single 25mm probe to inject air into the soil in four directions, at a pressure of up to 110psi and to a maximum depth of 500mm (20”). It can also be fitted with an optional 14mm probe, to reduce the working depth to 250mm. The compact, highly manoeuvrable pedestrian unit can be easily transported to the desired location or problem areas to lift the soil, thus relieving compaction and improving drainage without the need for chemical applications.
The OxyShot is an ideal tool in the armoury of Groundsmen and Greenkeepers alike and is ideal for use on high traffic, high footfall, areas including walkways, bunkers and greens. It can also be used for arboricultural operations, where aeration can assist tree roots growing in compacted, air starved soils. Whatever the application, the smooth, swift, clean penetration leaves minimal surface disruption.Perfect for ‘on the spot’ treatments, it is most effective when used in conjunction with other methods of aeration