Category Archives: Sustainability

Work with nature, not against it

A successful turf surface is one where the groundsman or greenkeeper works with nature, not against it. What I mean by this is that we must nurture nature by understanding ecological processes and the impacts maintenance activities and weather conditions have on these processes. Don’t try and force grass to grow (making it weak, more susceptible to disease and easier to wear and be kicked out of a surface) by applying an incorrect fertiliser or with a late in the year fertiliser application just

Sustainable turfgrass management model -further thoughts

I’ve been developing further the concept for a model which can be used as a learning aid for managers and providers (for example funding parties) of turfgrass surfaces. Effective turf management involves understanding many complex ecological interactions, this model aims to simplify these so they are more understandable and demonstrable. An additional anticipated benefit is that the model could be used to demonstrate to non-experts the impacts and consequences of various actions that can occur on a sports surface: particular questions to be

Modelling Playing Quality – Ball Roll

Looking further into how to develop an all encompassing model which can be used to help manage turfgrass surfaces in a sustainable way, it’s clear there will need to be numerous sub-models for experimenting with different aspects of a complete system model. Linking the different sub-models will then be a challenge. I was initially thinking of carrying out the required calculations for the sub-models using php, however, I revisited the Jquery plugin Calx which can mimic Excel to a certain degree

Sustainable turfgrass management model

With the range of equipment, materials and technologies as well as the time pressures on staff, and overall staffing levels, an interactive model which focusses on turfcultural outcomes will certainly aid in decision making for a groundsman or manager of turfgrass surfaces. I suppose an initial question could be ‘Why bother?’ If someone is happy to continue as before, without giving much consideration to whether they are using their (and their employer’s) resources as effectively and efficiently as possible, and

Managing carrying capacities

Why identify the carrying capacity of a turfgrass surface? To assist in the effective and sustainable management of a turfgrass surface it is not just good practice, but actually essential, to identify the likely carrying capacity of a turfgrass surface, especially sports turf surfaces. How many turf or facility managers have determined their carrying capacity? How many have not tried? How many are not bothered? If carrying capacity has not been estimated or determined then now is the time to