Monthly Archives: March 2017

Lawn update 25th March

A nice bright sunny start to the day but very cold; heavy dew on the grass so I waited until later in the afternoon (around 3pm) before cutting the grass. Before cutting the grass the height varied from 55mm to 90mm, which just shows the difference in some of the grasses present and also the microclimate present within the lawn as some of it is more shaded during the day than other parts. Some areas will therefore get more sun and

Lawn assessment – part 2

Carrying on from ‘Lawn assessment – part 1’: I’ve just looked at some of the visual assessments you can easily carry out on a lawn, so let’s just look below the surface. Take a core of soil out – use either a narrow soil corer, or failing that you can just use a trowel to scoop out some of the topsoil or cut a slice out using a penknife. Take out some cores so you can see what the root

Lawn assessment – part 1

Instead of just going with a general lawn renovation programme I carried out a fairly quick inspection and assessment of my lawn to help identify what I need for my lawn and not what might be suitable for lawns in general. It’s a really good idea to have a review of your own lawn and then adapt the typical type of general activities so they are specific for your lawn. 10 minutes of inspecting a lawn and taking some cores and

Football pitch quality – FC Rostov

Just  a quick note on the pitch that was deemed acceptable by a UEFA ‘consultant’: Who an earth was the so called ‘consultant’? It is surprising if anyone genuinely qualified to a high level in turf management, or with even rudimentary knowledge, would rate this as a pitch suitable for such a high profile game. It does pose a serious question of how was the pitch monitored over time, especially since the start of the season. If a well thought

Modelling Playing Quality – Ball Roll

Looking further into how to develop an all encompassing model which can be used to help manage turfgrass surfaces in a sustainable way, it’s clear there will need to be numerous sub-models for experimenting with different aspects of a complete system model. Linking the different sub-models will then be a challenge. I was initially thinking of carrying out the required calculations for the sub-models using php, however, I revisited the Jquery plugin Calx which can mimic Excel to a certain degree