Category Archives: Sustainability

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

Is material use on turfgrass surfaces sustainable?

Sustainability focuses on the enduring nature of materials: If materials used on turfgrass surfaces are not, therefore, from renewable resources, it can be difficult to justify calling the consumption of these materials sustainable because the net result is a gradual reduction of limited supplies. To address the practical issue of sustainability, the use of resources will typically need to be made more effective and efficient. The way to achieve this (after ensuring sustainable renewable materials are used wherever possible and

Sustainability and the value of amenity and turfgrass surfaces

If we are to engage with the concept of sustainability, in particular managing a grass surface for sustainability, we can do no better than starting by having an understanding of the difference between the types of grass surface we might be dealing with, as well as the many benefits that are provided by natures beautiful carpet, i.e. natural grass, which has been managed by humankind. Groundsmanship primarily deals with two main types of grass surface: amenity grass and turfgrass/sportsturf surfaces. These surfaces can be

Sustainability: What’s it about?

Sustainability and its variants certainly cause some confusion and I would also suggest regular misuse across much of the business community and turfgrass industry. Considering the confusion which surrounds the variations and meanings of the term ‘sustainability’, there’s little wonder this happens. The aim of this article, and subsequent ones, is to explore the issue of sustainability, providing answers to many questions, but also to encourage further debate and reflection on the concept of sustainability. One of the most well