Learning to maintain your Employability Skills

Even though the UK unemployment rate dropped to 3.9% in January 2019, the quality of new jobs is doubtful, with many being zero-hour or self employed ones, typically of low pay and conditions, (report in the Observer Business ‘Why the road to full employment has ended up being lined with food banks’, 24.03.19). Technological, as well as societal, change is rapid and disruptive; keeping yourself adequately skilled within your subject specialism is one area of importance, but with the rapidity of

Moss and its control in turf

Moss: A low growing plant found in many different situations. Moss is particularly prevalent in turf surfaces that are shaded and damp, which can be typical of many lawns, as well as those that are neglected or have not had the correct type of maintenance for the lawn conditions. With there being some 600 plus species of moss in the UK, it can be found growing almost anywhere: wet or dry soil, acid or alkaline soils, compacted or more open


You might love them, as they are wild flowers, hate them, as they can make a lawn (or sports surface) look very unsightly if present in large numbers, or just tolerate them. Weeds, what are they though? A definition An undesirable plant. Sometimes the wording ‘growing in an unwanted place’ is added to a definition, but this doesn’t really add any extra value to the meaning, because it is still undesirable at the end of the day. Weeds can be

Chafer Grub Control

Currently there is no chemical of last resort to help control chafer grubs which have exceeded the desired threshold for a particular turf surface. The threshold is a quantity above which unacceptable damage would occur and this is a subjective opinion in many cases, although there will be a figure (depending upon the species concerned) above which significant damage will be caused. It will, however, vary according to the needs of the user, manager, budget, resources available and quality of

Data Science and Machine Learning

Vast swaths of data are available, much of this being open data, but how might these be linked together and what might the correlations be between them? Are there any interesting data clusters which machine learning can identify from data and the hundreds of thousand and millions of data points in available data? Without a doubt there are: it’s a matter of thinking about what you might want to achieve, so a bit of visionary thinking or brain storming will