Category Archives: Groundsmanship

Integrated Pest Management

Introduction Following on from a recent Tweet, I’ve had several messages asking for some commentary to explain a bit more about Integrated Pest Management( IPM). The term Integrated Pest Management (IPM) evolved over time from different terminology centred on pest management and integrated control, finally becoming accepted in 1972. The original emphasis of IPM was on insect pests and how to reduce their negative economic impact on crops, however, this term has developed to include fungi, bacteria, weeds and other organisms

Football Pitches: Quality Revisited

During my annual leave fortnight, with the World Cup in full swing, I thought a revisit of research from 30 years ago might be interesting to see how this might influence considerations of different levels of pitch quality and maintenance we encounter today. The Pitch Prototypes Project, 1986-1990, was undertaken by the STRI and University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and was funded by the then Sports Council and the Department of Education and Science. The original research focused on what

Using simple data to help you manage better

Monitoring and assessing a turf grass surface can often be seen as a chore, however, used properly the data from monitoring and assessments can provide valuable, objective information to help improve decision making in the best use of, often very limited, resources. Whilst there are a large number of potential performance data which can be collected and assessed, a sensible approach is to consider what specific data might provide the most value for the type of turf surface you have.

Turf Management: Change of focus

The aim of turf management is on creating a surface which is fit for purpose. A significant effort is put into carrying out a wide range of essential maintenance activities to create the desired surface.  Sometimes we can become too absorbed into undertaking maintenance work without taking a step back and questioning how not just how effective is the work, but also what are the wider consequences of the activity on the sustainability of the turfgrass environment. Changing the focus

Artificial Intelligence: Supporting Management decisions

With an apparent increasing skills gap and potentially increasing disparity between the availability of the number of employees, and volunteers, to effectively look after the large number of sports pitches within the UK, there is going to be a significant need for accessible support services which aid decision making. Resources are often limited, especially financial ones, so ensuring effective decisions are made on inputs in relation to desired outcomes can often mean the difference between success and sub-optimal outcomes, or