Category Archives: Groundsmanship

Interactive grass identification

Traditional grass identification keys will typically focus on choosing between two options to gradually filter down options. This helps to quite accurately determine the relevant grass species. Sometimes the features included at certain stages of the keys can be difficult to judge by an inexperienced but keen user who goes down a false path and then has to back track. This can be off putting for some. To help make the process easier to follow and introduce some additional criteria

Lawn update – 11th June

It’s just been a matter of keeping on top of the grass growth with regular mowing over the past 14 days. The lawn has been cut at 40mm on 1st, 4th, 9th and 11th June; so 4 times over a period of 14 days, although if I went back an extra day to the 28th May when it was also cut then, so this would be 5 cuts in 15-days. Temperature data taken on those days: 1st: 1500: Air temp =

Competence – what’s it mean?

What does it mean to be competent, either as an employee or by carrying out a specific activity? Competence is ‘The ability to do something successfully or efficiently’, (Source: If you are carrying out any task, especially in the workplace, then it’s probably reasonable to expect that this is what the outcome should be; if an employee wasn’t performing to an appropriate standard (i.e. ‘competence’ within the context of that organisational expectations) then I would expect an employer would

Lawn update – 29th May

Hot, warm and cool to wet and dry has been the order of the day over the past week, so typical British weather then. Good for grass growth and development of a lawn though. No earthworm activity has been noticed for some time now – probably going back to early April when the ground dried out quite a bit and rainfall was distinctly lacking over much of the UK. A quick update of what has been happening over the past week: 23rd

Lawn update – 21st May

It’s now 5 weeks since the last lawn update as the renovation work was just completed, so how is it going? Here’s today’s picture: Compared with the 15th April, showing a significantly positive contrast: To finish off the renovation from the 14th April, the following day (the 15th) I then carried out a light forking (25mm – 70mm depth) of the remainder of the lawn – this just took 8 minutes to complete the bottom ‘half’. This was really a