Category Archives: Groundsmanship

Lawn update – 27th July

This is a log of the previous 3 weeks of lawn work. The early part of this period saw very dry and hot weather with it turning to heavy rain and cooler over this past week. 7th July: 1600: Air temp – 22.8C; Soil – 22.7C; Grass height mostly around 55mm; cut height = 40mm; Very small amount of clippings removed after the cut – about 1/8th box only. I took this last photograph to illustrate what 40mm cut grass

Live search of turf standards

For some time now (we are talking years by the way) I’ve had a database (MySQL) sitting on the web with most of the performance standards for sports and amenity turf surfaces. I wanted to learn a bit about live search and querying of different databases (well different tables within a database) so decided this would make a good little project with a useful outcome. Performance standards for sports turf and amenity surfaces are available from a range of organisations,

Lawn update 1st and 4th July

1st July – routine maintenance continues on my lawn; still looking good ,especially with no artificial watering at all. 0930 – very few weeds on the lawn, mostly young ones – clover and dandelion, but just a few so I’m continuing with hand weeding as this shows how effective it can be if carried out routinely and without the need for pesticide applications. The grass height was mostly 60mm, although some – very few – had put a burst on and were

Profession, Professional, Expert, Specialist

I’ve just started reading ‘The future of the professions’ by Richard and Daniel Susskind (2017) and it’s really gripping stuff. Within a few pages I’m already starting to reflect on how some of the terms they’ve introduced to set the foundations for the book might be contextualised to the groundsmanship industry. At first I didn’t give much thought to it, but then stopped and took a second take, so to speak. We all know there are plenty of professional groundstaff

Lawn update – 29th June – part b

24th June: Soil temp: 18.9C; Air temp: 21.4C (time data taken 1045) Grass height before mowing – mostly 50mm Cut height 40mm; about 1/8th of a box of clippings. It has been very dry and warm for some time now and it’s getting hotter. Some of the lawn edge is certainly ready for another trim with the long handled edging shears. I thought I’d try a simple experiment and check the moisture reading for two distinct areas of the lawn: dry