Category Archives: Sustainability

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

Intensification in Turf Management

Agricultural intensification aims to increase food production through increased resource inputs. It “… can be technically defined as an increase in agricultural production per unit of inputs (which may be labour, land, time, fertilizer, seed, feed or cash). For practical purposes, intensification occurs when there is an increase in the total volume of agricultural production that results from a higher productivity of inputs, or agricultural production is maintained while certain inputs are decreased (such as by more effective delivery of

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