Category Archives: Turf Management

Dollar Spot

With a bit of time to kill over some annual leave I thought I’d carry out a review of dollar spot, focusing on the UK. A small patch disease which can spread to form larger irregular areas.  It is common on warm-season turfgrasses, especially Bermuda Grasses, and also occurs on cool-season turfgrasses. This used to be a fairly uncommon to rare disease in the UK, however, with the intensification of turf maintenance practices, improving standards, changing working practices (for example,

Sports Turf Maintenance Categories

With such a wide range of maintenance variables which can be practiced to achieve a desirable playing surface, it can seem an almost endless task in trying to categorise these variables in a way that captures the general outcomes and returns from inputs: The following is one approach: Baseline Maintenance, Core Maintenance, Augmented Maintenance, Supplementary Maintenance. Baseline Maintenance  This category is what is needed to maintain a playing surface that is no longer in use but which is likely to

Qualifications fit for the Information Age

With the pervasive nature of technology, in particular mobile tech along with always on internet and readily available search facilities, the learning process has been opened up to endless possibilities for knowledge acquisition. The need for learners to have the skills for ‘how to learn’, which essentially is the ability to effectively find and understand information returned from search queries, is now more important than having the ability to recall knowledge and understanding from (human) memory. The challenging question is

Turf Management and the letter Q!

Can’t think of much starting with the letter Q in turf management, well here’s a few – clearly there are more, but it is a bit limited, so an easy one for a quick article! Quadraplay                                 A make of tractor mounted (via the three-point linkage) frame which can have up to four types of different implements attached, including a flexible comb, a range of rakes, drag brush, spiker, slitter, lute, roller or spiked roller. The width of the frame is

It’s the Environment, Stupid!

The main focus of much industry and media commentary (which is often influenced by industry money) is on the apparent minimal direct impact on human health from the use of pesticides and from the likely low probability of causing a human health issue, especially cancer. The main weight of evidence does indicate that the contribution to such human health issues is small (in most cases) and within what most people would accept as reasonable risk: Some would disagree, and we