Category Archives: Groundsmanship

Lawn update – 9th September

The nights are starting to draw in quite quickly now; dark for 20:15. The past 2-weeks have seen a lot of rainfall and temperatures have been noticeably cooling. Work carried out over the past week: 1st September Grass height before cutting at 40mm = most at 75mm; some to 100mm; Soil temperature: 15C; Air temperature: 19C (time recorded = 5pm) 1 full box of grass clippings Intensive hand raking in the top area of the lawn to remove some moss which

Lawn update August

A busy month in August with holidays and warm, wet weather in the UK. 4th August: (1715 – 1740) Air temp: 20.1C; Soil temp: 18.8C Grass height: 60mm – 90mm; average = 80mm Grass cut at 40mm height 1 full box of clippings removed Small amount of earthworm activity A few mushrooms in the top part of the lawn Adjoining shrub/flower border hand weeded 7th August: (1330) Air temp: 19.7C; Soil temp: 17.7C Grass height: 45mm – 80mm; average =

Learning: Questioning and Challenging in Groundsmanship

There is a wealth of learning material available – online or offline – both open access, freely available and in closed platforms, especially those platforms managed by many colleges and Universities: The knowledge base is extremely broad. Knowledge, understanding and then the effective application of that which has been learnt is fundamental to workers who wish to be considered competent, good and capable at their job. However, interpreting and applying knowledge to workplace situations can be daunting, especially where many

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