Oil Blitz Cleans Hydraulic Oil from a Green

“These products could be game-changers for the green-keeping industry.”
Andrew Sheehan (CGCS), Golf Course Superintendent, Milltown Golf Club, Dublin

In mid-January 2017 a major hydraulic fluid spill occurred on the 10th green of Milltown Golf Club. Hydraulic oil leaked onto the wheels of a machine being used to hollow core the green – with multiple lines of oil up and down the green.

Oil covered green
Oil covered green

With no known solution, an emergency plan was established with two options to be considered:

Option 1

Strip out the affected lines and resod, which would have had the green out of play for 4-6 weeks. Additionally the resodded lines would have taken much longer to look like the original green

Option 2

A complete re-strip of the entire green, clearing any contaminated soil and resodding of the green. Estimated time frame for this course of action was 16 weeks to have the green back in play.

Slick Solutions was able to offer a third more convenient, faster and less expensive option:

Option 3

An approach from Slick Solutions changed our thinking. These 100% natural products bio-remediate hydrocarbon spills – breaking the oil down naturally.

Seven days after spraying the oil with Oil Blitz, the black lines had completely disappeared. Within a couple of weeks strong new grass shoots started to appear and the recovery was under way.

Some grass and roots had been damaged and new seed and fertilizer was applied, to assist the recovery. This is now almost complete.

The entire process was completed using approximately 10 litres of Oil Blitz, and a number of technical visits.
At no stage was the green out of commission.

“These products could be game-changers for the green-keeping industry.”

Andrew Sheehan (CGCS), Golf Course Superintendent, Milltown Golf Club, Dublin

 

Damaged green
January 17 – date of the spill

Damaged green
January 24 – one week later


February 6 – three weeks later

Damaged green
February 27 – six weeks later

Damaged green
March 14 – eight weeks later

Green repaired
April 11 – twelve weeks later

Green repaired
May 8 – sixteen weeks later

 

OilBlitz is the U.K. Trade name for the product known worldwide as S200 OilGone

 

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