Monthly Archives: November 2017

Leatherjackets in your turf – Don’t panic

With the daddy long-legs (Tipula paludosa) having laid their eggs over the summer time, the eggs will now have hatched, having then turned into larvae, and will be readily eating away at the base of grasses and grass roots. “They can be active at temperatures as low as 5°C (Blackshaw, 1992) and so can continue to feed during periods of mild weather in winter. They become more active and feed voraciously in the spring when the soil begins to warm. When fully

Continuing to develop

Personal or career development are ongoing processes and can start from an early age. Learning doesn’t stop when one reaches a certain age or achieves a certain role within an organisation. With the rate of technological and social change the desire to maintain and update work skills and to develop personal skills is never more pressing than at the present time. This image from someone’s recent tweet provides an illustration of the difference between previous concepts of learning and how we need to

Work with nature, not against it

A successful turf surface is one where the groundsman or greenkeeper works with nature, not against it. What I mean by this is that we must nurture nature by understanding ecological processes and the impacts maintenance activities and weather conditions have on these processes. Don’t try and force grass to grow (making it weak, more susceptible to disease and easier to wear and be kicked out of a surface) by applying an incorrect fertiliser or with a late in the year fertiliser application just

Open data – use it for fun or serious business decisions

Data are (yes it’s plural) everywhere, but what is available as ‘open data’ is also vast. “Open data is data that anyone can access, use or share. Simple as that. When big companies or governments release non-personal data, it enables small businesses, citizens and medical researchers to develop resources which make crucial improvements to their communities.” (The Open Data Institute, https://theodi.org/what-is-open-data) Where can you find open data? Well, local authorities, Governing Bodies and Government funded research projects provide a wealth

Coding skills in courses and for the workplace

Having the ability to code (e.g. HYML, CSS, Javascript, JQuery) and programme (e.g. PHP, MY/SQL, Python,) to gain the most out of digital technology is a skill increasing being required within the workplace. Gaining specialist skills in cybersecurity are seen by one author as being a good investment if you want to “assure 50 years of steady, well-paying employment” (Alec Ross, 2016 ‘The industries of the future’, p.150), although here I am considering the more general aspects of coding and