Monthly Archives: April 2017

Sustainable turfgrass management model -further thoughts

I’ve been developing further the concept for a model which can be used as a learning aid for managers and providers (for example funding parties) of turfgrass surfaces. Effective turf management involves understanding many complex ecological interactions, this model aims to simplify these so they are more understandable and demonstrable. An additional anticipated benefit is that the model could be used to demonstrate to non-experts the impacts and consequences of various actions that can occur on a sports surface: particular questions to be

Lawn update 14th April

The weather was overcast, very little sun breaking through, but dry until later when it did rain as was forecast, but I decided this was a good time to get the final renovation work completed. I carried out mechanical scarification to really get out the bulk of the moss and surface debris. The hand springbok rake did a reasonable job but I realised that something heavier duty was needed. The depth setting for the scarifier was light, about 4mm. There

Lawn update 9th April

Just catching up on updating activities on Sunday. The entire lawn was raked with the springbok rake to mostly remove some more moss. Five minutes of intensive raking was certainly enough to treble rake the top part of the lawn and remove a reasonable amount of moss, the bottom part of the lawn was just raked once. The heavy raking certainly made the area look untidy, but it was doing a great job. I had a closer look at the moss

Lawn update 8th April

The weather is starting to be fairly consistent so it’s time to continue to focus on getting the lawn ready for its spring renovation. This weekend saw the ground work for next weekend’s final renovation to take place – i.e. seeding, topdressing and working in the topdressing (weather permitting). Saturday 8th April saw the lawn cut at 40mm (with only about 1/5th – 1/6th of a box of clippings being removed), to prepare it for some other renovation work – hand raking

Lawn update 2nd April

It was a bit wet yesterday, so the weekly cut for this time of year had to wait until today; no problem as growth isn’t too active. I’ll be starting some hand forking, weather and ground conditions permitting, next weekend, but the temperature is still not consistently warm enough to optimise seed germination and development, well not quite yet in this part of the country. People will be keen to get on with the spring work, but I would suggest