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  • 08/09/2014 09:48AM What\'s in a word? While travelling across the country - whether by rail, car or walking; harvest can be seen in full swing - And this may turn out to be the biggest UK and Ireland harvest for some time - possibly ever.  Alan Abel, a Complete Weed Control franchisee for over 30 years gives his advice on the month ahead.What we don\'t know is the soil type of each field, the variety of wheat, barley or oats, the type of cultural methods that were used pre-sowing, the fertiliser regime, the amount of rainfall the crop received, and the pesticides that were used. There, the word has already been used. This is the collective noun for herbicides, insecticides and fungicides. It is an emotive word, but the fact is that we can\'t do without them. Without pesticides being used correctly; our harvest may be up to 75% less. The crops would be over-run with weeds, diseases and insects.  That would be the same the world over. The world would be in an even worse state food production wise and starvation would be an epidemic. The same picture can be applied to turf. We don\'t know what each pitch, cricket square, highway verge, bowling green or fairway has had what input, but what we do know is that pesticides would have been a major player in the look and aesthetics of the turf. There is NOTHING wrong with that fact - as long as the applications have been made according to the label recommendations and a log kept of all the necessary information needed under the regulations in force.  We must be mindful of the Sustainable Use Directive (SUD) though. This says we must consider if a pesticide is really necessary for each job that is being undertaken. This then brings Integrated Pest Management into play. It is possible to make the grass sward more healthy and able to resist a fungal attack more readily by the use of fertilizers, turf hardeners, harpins, etc, and these if used correctly, and at the right time, can reduce the use of fungicides greatly. Of course, in some situations there can be no alternative to using a pesticide especially where total weed control and whole invasive plant issues are concerned. There are so many minefields to cross before choosing which pesticide to use: Active ingredientApplication RateWater rate/quality Nozzle selectionLERAP ratingWater framework Equipment Cost Current LegislationRecord KeepingEmpty CollectionWith all this in mind, letting a contractor have all these potential head-aches might be the way forward. They do these jobs week after week, year after year and have all the skills to carry out a survey in the first place and then actually apply the pesticide safely. At Complete Weed Control; we are able and ready to service all your needs.  For more information, please contact Complete Weed Control’s National office on 01325 324 277 or visit www.completeweedcontrol.co.uk. You can also follow CWC on Twitter @CWCLimited for much more news, reviews and insightful views. Read More
  • 04/09/2014 10:14AM Complete Weed Control and Everris Sponsor Perennials Kickathon Complete Weed Control and Everris have combined forces to sponsor Perennial’s ‘Kickathon’ competition at this year’s IOG SALTEX exhibition being held at Windsor Racecourse from 2-4 September.Located on stand H85, show-goers are urged to visit Perennial and take a penalty, with the fastest kick from each day winning a prize – all while raising money for horticulturists.Anita Bates, director of marketing and development at Perennial, says: “We wanted to have a bit of fun with SALTEX visitors and fellow exhibitors this year to celebrate our 175th anniversary. With football fever at an all-time high following the Brazil World Cup we thought we’d see if those who usually look after the pitches can also take the penalties – we expect the competition to be strong.”Commenting on the sponsorship, Ed Carter, sales and development manager, turf & amenity for Everris said: “Everris are delighted to be working in conjunction with CWC to sponsor Perennial at SALTEX 2014. Working in the turf industry can often be very demanding both physically and mentally. Quite often it sees people working long or unsociable hours and often for a level of pay that is not commensurate with their efforts. Unfortunately these stresses and strains or plain bad luck can affect anyone of us at any time and can often mean we’re unable to perform our duties as we have before. It’s at times like these that the support offered by Perennial can be invaluable and we hope that the Everris and Complete Weed Control sponsorship will enable Perennial to raise more money for those that need it most.”  Sentiments echoed by Complete Weed Control’s managing director Ian Graham: “Along with Everris, CWC are delighted to sponsor the SALTEX ‘Kickathon’. Horticulture can be a tough industry to work in and Perennial is a charity that steps in to help when people working in horticulture and their families face challenges such as sickness, disability, poverty, financial hardship and old age. We hope that the sponsorship will go a small way to help the industry.”The SALTEX ‘Kickathon’ forms part of HortAid 2014, Perennial’s annual fundraising campaign which this year hopes to raise £175,000 to help horticulturists in need. Perennial’s wide-ranging benevolent services are regularly described by clients simply as a ‘lifeline’ but without the financial support of the UK horticulture industry, their long-term continuation is threatened. The 175thanniversary appeal is seen as the first step in galvanising future relationships with supporters and a stepping-stone to reaching a record number of clients in 2014/15.Further information can be found by visiting www.perennial.org.uk, www.completeweedcontrol.co.uk and www.everris.com Read More
  • 01/08/2014 10:14AM 2014 - An Old Fashioned Summer at Last! Its past mid-summer and the grasses are looking burnt, with the odd storm rejuvenating them briefly. The sporting summer of 2014 has been an amazing spectacle and all but completed, with the winter sport season about to begin. Glasgow has shone for the Games and Royal Liverpool and Royal Porthcawl looked magnificent for both the Opens. It’s not long until the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, so it’s getting to the sharp end for the greenkeeping team up there. Here, Alan Abel from Complete Weed Control gives his monthly advice on what to look out for. We have seen an early season this year for weed control, as temperatures rose in April and a lot of selective weed control took place. But that\'s 4 months ago and they are running out of steam, especially where clover has germinated later than broad leaf weeds. It might now be necessary to contemplate a second spray in some situations. Where clover is the only problem, then it is so obvious that spot treatment is effective. It’s also the time of year that the invasives can become more obtrusive. The Giant Hogweed has flowered, while the Himalayan Balsam is in the ‘pink’ and spreading at a rate of knots. Japanese Knotweed is very obvious but is late to flower, maybe due to lack of moisture in the ground. Every season is so different, and plants respond in different ways. That\'s why timing of herbicide applications is of the essence and needs to so precise due to their rising cost. This is where passing this type of specialist work to a contractor pays dividends, as they have the expertise and know the different treatments available best suited to your needs.Despite the loss of some of the well-known herbicides like Tordon 22k and Timbrel to name only two, there are other new products on the market that need stewardship before supplying and must be used by professionals. Complete Weed Control has a national network of franchisees ready to survey any situation and offer a solution to any weed, pest or disease problems. Disease in fine turf will be prevalent in the early autumn. All turf managers of these areas should be looking at the health of the plant going into these periods of high incidences of disease. By making the grass stronger with the use of Harpins, fertilisers, turf hardeners and other products, this will protect the swards from being attacked by pathogens. This all comes under the umbrella of the Sustainable Use Directive (SUDS) from the EU. Using more cultural methods and trying to reduce the input of fungicides is the aim of the directive. This goes for all of the amenity market. You could also look at Integrated Pest Management to try and reduce our reliance on pesticides in general. It’s not long until SALTEX at Windsor Racecourse, and all that promises. Let\'s hope for good weather again for all the exhibitors.For more information, please contact Complete Weed Control’s National office on 01325 324 277 or visit www.completeweedcontrol.co.uk. You can also follow CWC on Twitter @CWCLimited for much more news, reviews and insightful views. Read More
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