Category Archives: Groundsmanship

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, 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

Lawn update – 3rd November

Autumn is well underway with tree leaves coming off in abundance, but winter is also creeping up as we have had some cold winds, yet temperatures have been fairly mild (but not for long periods as daylight hours are now shortening significantly) in the main. This is essentially keeping the grass leaf growing when it should ideally be starting to slow its growth and store much needed food in its roots (or stolons / rhizomes if present) ready for overwintering. You will

Lawn update – October

Unfortunately my mum passed away on 16th October so the desire to think about blog articles has been reduced somewhat. Whilst the temperature is relatively mild for the time of year, the light levels are reducing significantly and temperatures are dropping for grass growth. Just two cuts during October so far, I might get a light topping in before the end of the month but there again it might wait until early November. Sunday October 8th, 12:30: Air temp: 16.0C

Last lawn mowing for September

Well this was the last cut for September, on the 30th: Soil temp = 16.1C; Air temp = 18.6C (time taken 1630) Grass height mostly 65mm (ranging from 60mm – 75mm): cut again at 40mm Grass was damp for all of the day and wet when cut Moss is creeping back into some areas of the lawn (top part) I also carried out a light hand forking – more of a light stabbing of the fork to maybe 40mm depth