Category Archives: Lawn care

Beyond IPM (Part 1 of 3)

With the findings of the recent court case (August 2018) in the USA regarding the use of the pesticide Glyphosate and its alleged contribution to the cancer of a groundsman, as well as the negative impact pesticide use has on wildlife in general, the need to challenge Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as supposedly being the ‘best practice’ approach cannot be understated and is part of a wider an issue we should be investigating and debating. (The Guardian, 11th August 2018,

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

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

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