Category Archives: Groundsmanship

Alexa Skill: Turf Expert

Oh well, two weeks later than planned so I missed out on the possibility of a free Amazon Alexa T-shirt, but with 984 terms added to a new Alexa Skill ‘Turf Expert’ I think it was now time to submit it for certification. I’ve created my own descriptions for a wide range of terms used within lawn care and sports turf maintenance; some definitions of terms which are not included elsewhere, so potentially a useful learning resource. I am able

Grass ID Key

I’ve created a database for some 180 grasses, focusing on vegetative features because these are available for longer periods of the year than floral features in grasses. I’ve also added a couple of other options which will be useful for anyone managing turfgrass surfaces for either sports or general lawns and amenity surfaces. The web application is functional and should only be considered as in trial form for the time being. However, the initial aim of creating something which can

Artificial Intelligence and Turf Management

OK, this isn’t something you normally see in the same sentence but I’m having a brief thinking session on the potential for using artificial intelligence – AI – (well, this depends upon its definition) to help aid manage turfgrass surfaces more effectively. Essentially this is developing the turf management model concept from earlier postings in March and April 2017. There are many variables within turf management and many of these are poorly understood, especially regards how one variable might interact with one or more other variables. However, this

Grass identification – made easier?

Grass identification by vegetative means isn’t the easiest of tasks to carry out, especially with some 170, or so, grasses that might be encountered within the British Isles. However, with the pervasiveness of mobile smart phones and the logical workings of computers (bits of 1 or 0; basically switches of On/Off or Yes/No) it seems quite reasonable to develop an easy to use web app to help in deciding which grass is being identified when out in the field. Alternatively we could develop a

Pesticides available to amateurs

There’s been much press of late of the controversial pesticide Glyphosate with the latest findings being that it does not cause cancer in humans (Nov 9th, 2017) but according to an example Material Data Safety Sheet (of which there are many examples) published for the commercial product it is “Toxic to aquatic organisms; may cause long term adverse effects in the aquatic environment.” (as well as having  “Risk of serious damage to eyes“), so glyphosate washing into drains and polluting the watercourse