Category Archives: Turf Management

Basic Principles of Greenkeeping – 2½ minute read

A brief outline of the Basic Principles of Greenkeeping & the Acid Theory “The game of golf is played on grass; firmer grass and soils are best for golf; a firmer, drier golf course may be a more sustainable golf course; and a green, lush golf course is not necessarily a great golf course.” (Zontek, 2010) Reflecting on and reinforcing the application of the ‘Basic Principles of Greenkeeping’ certainly puts greenkeepers on the path to sustainability; we only need see this on many

The Management and Practice of Sustainability: Part 2

The rise of ubiquitous sensor technology and artificial intelligent: A solution to sustainable management? Part 2: Here’s the next instalment from my Masters research from 2010 which covers elements of identifying the problem and knowledge at the time. Since then we have moved on from a technological perspective and with the subsequent rise of ubiquitous sensor technology, especially via smart phones and artificial intelligent, especially machine learning, the potential solution (or maybe pathway to a solution) to sustainable management can

The Management and Practice of Sustainability: Part 1

“Society is widely acknowledged as having many detrimental impacts on the planet; sustainability offers a pathway to mitigate these impacts.“ This was the start of the abstract for my MSc research project back in 2009/10: Whilst we see the term ‘sustainability’ mentioned every day, I would have thought that by now society and my own industry would have been thoroughly engaged with the concept and would be implementing sustainable practices and management plans as a matter of routine. How wrong

Carbon Footprinting and Climate Change

Just a quick reflection on a recent event: With the meeting of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) in South Korea on 8th October 2018, the summary statement was  that “Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, …….. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, …..” I

Lawn comparison – 1 year on

With the extreme weather we’ve had this year – extended dry periods and practically no rain through June and July, along with only a little in August, I thought a comparison of my lawn with what it was like exactly one year ago would be useful. The background story for this year for my lawn has been that all that has been done to it is mow at 40mm, with clippings always being boxed off; a few trimmings of the