Lawn update – 31st July

  Another month coming to a close and over the past week there has been a significant amount of rain to help water my lawn, which is looking decidedly green of late. Saturday 29th July was the last cut and trim of my lawn for the month. 1700: Air temp = 20.1C; Soil temp = 19.6C Grass height measured at mostly between 50mm – 65mm, with a few longer areas scattered about. Unlike some previous mowings there was little if

Improving accessibility to expert guidance

With the continuing cost savings being made by Local Authorities in leisure provision, especially that of sports surfaces and green space, along with limited resources for many sports clubs in maintaining their pitch or green to a safe and appropriate standard, there is a need to revisit how the large knowledge evidence base related to turfculture / grounds care, that has accrued over the years, can be made more easily accessible to users. The knowledge base is not a secret, but the ability to

Lawn update – 27th July

This is a log of the previous 3 weeks of lawn work. The early part of this period saw very dry and hot weather with it turning to heavy rain and cooler over this past week. 7th July: 1600: Air temp – 22.8C; Soil – 22.7C; Grass height mostly around 55mm; cut height = 40mm; Very small amount of clippings removed after the cut – about 1/8th box only. I took this last photograph to illustrate what 40mm cut grass

Live search of turf standards

For some time now (we are talking years by the way) I’ve had a database (MySQL) sitting on the web with most of the performance standards for sports and amenity turf surfaces. I wanted to learn a bit about live search and querying of different databases (well different tables within a database) so decided this would make a good little project with a useful outcome. Performance standards for sports turf and amenity surfaces are available from a range of organisations,

Lawn update 1st and 4th July

1st July – routine maintenance continues on my lawn; still looking good ,especially with no artificial watering at all. 0930 – very few weeds on the lawn, mostly young ones – clover and dandelion, but just a few so I’m continuing with hand weeding as this shows how effective it can be if carried out routinely and without the need for pesticide applications. The grass height was mostly 60mm, although some – very few – had put a burst on and were