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  • 23/07/2014 16:58PM Complete Weed Control Urge Visitors to Reduce Costs at SALTEX Always a popular stop on the SALTEX stand tour, Complete Weed Control on stand C70, are urging visitors to book a time slot into their ‘Weed Clinic’ to not only keep up-to-date with the demands of legislation but also find out ways of being more cost effective when it comes to controlling problem weeds.The company will be discussing innovative ways of working with reduced local authority and sport budgets whilst still maintaining high standards of weed control and spraying applications.Following last year’s announcement that the company was set to make the Weed-IT technology available to councils and contractors in the UK and Ireland for the first time, the company are now looking to appoint suitable dealers.The Weed-IT machine has been a revolution in weed control application technology for almost twenty years, combining a very accurate and rapid weed detecting technology to spot spray weeds in a highly efficient manner. With new labels for glyphosate stating the need for spot application as opposed to blanket application, the need for this system has never been higher.Also on show will be the company’s baseguard product. baseguard allows water and nutrients through its porous structure to the roots below, negating the issues associated with compaction. Tree wells are often choked with leaves, cigarette ends and other debris, especially when fitted with iron grilles. baseguard, however, fills these voids and can be installed in conjunction with grilles when the tree is planted, or as a retrofit.In recent months the baseguard system has been used for much larger applications than simply tree surrounds, with access roads to sports pitches at Chelsea FC’s training ground as well as footpaths and play areas at schools being just some of its uses. Read More
  • 01/07/2014 11:08AM The War on Weeds and other Pests With summer having arrived safely throughout the UK following a wet May, growth is exceptional. Here, Alan Abel from Complete Weed Control gives his monthly advice on what to look out for.Council cut-backs are showing up across the country making driving even more hazardous than usual. With species like hogweed, thistles, docks, etc. growing quicker and higher than grasses; a judicious spray of a selective herbicide mixed with trinexapac-ethyl PGR is the way forward. It would increase safety by a huge percentage and save money for councils as the grass would be lower and less dense when a cut finally became necessary.This practice is a proven mix and will be a major player in the control of amenity grass and weed growth throughout many county council spheres of work including housing areas and open spaces. When budgets are being attacked so severely, people must look outside the box and see what is available that is both cost effective and does the job. Staying with Councils, the \'lowest price\' seems to be the way they are going when awarding some contracts. But this does not always mean the cheapest option for them in the long run. Their officers may have to run around more to ensure the job is happening and being carried out as per the specification.  Depending how much of the above occurs and how many complaints are received at the switchboard, the actual cost may end being considerably higher than the original tender price. With so many hoops to jump through, as a contractor, applying pesticides safely throughout the UK and Ireland, CWC have achieved the Amenity Approved Standard, ISO 9001 and 14002 across all our Franchisees. We adhere to these standards every day, and NOT just the day of the audit. With our WEED-IT technology blazing a trail down many street pavements, our franchisees comply with EU legislation and the new herbicide labelling on glyphosate products. The law is that only spot treatment of weeds on hard surfaces is permitted. This law, as long as it is adhered to by ALL personnel applying Glyphosate to street pavements and other hard surfaces, will prolong the life of glyphosate. If it is used incorrectly and perhaps blanket sprayed, then it may be found in water courses. The water framework directive gives the Environment Agency the power to closely look for pesticides in water. The result could be the withdrawal of glyphosate from use. This would be disastrous for all of us, resulting in much higher food prices as agriculture would be hit hard and the cost of keeping the streets and high profile amenity areas clear of weeds would be colossal. Read More
  • 19/06/2014 11:41AM Eagles Head Groundsman Flies the Nest to Complete Weed Control Former Crystal Palace Football Club head groundsman Mark Perrin has been confirmed as Complete Weed Control’s newest franchisee. Mark leaves South East London to begin his new challenge covering the Cheshire Staffordshire and Shropshire areas.\"We are very excited to welcome Mark to Complete Weed Control,\" commented Ian Graham, managing director of the UK\'s leading specialist contract service for the eradication of all problem weeds. “Mark brings a wealth of industry knowledge with him and I am sure that not only will his customers appreciate speaking to someone from within the industry but will also be able to learn from his own past experiences as head groundsman at a Premiership football club.”After nine years of seeing Crystal Palace move up the leagues to the Barclays Premiership as the club’s head groundsman and overseeing a team of four groundsmen; Mark moves from South East London back to his North West roots, where he was previously head groundsman at Stockport County.“I see the Complete Weed Control franchise as a great opportunity for not just myself but also my family,” said Mark. “With it being a national company, the core of the business is very strong. With the Complete Ice Control gritting side of the business - it’s a truly 12-month business model. I did look at other franchise options, but I wanted to stay in the turfcare industry in a business to business environment, rather than domestic lawncare. With the CWC business, I will be visiting some of the most prestigious sporting venues in the country – whether they are golf courses, football and rugby facilities or local authority facilities.” Established in 1972, Complete Weed Control is the largest specialist weed control and vegetation management company in the UK. Each franchise operates to a common set of standards and procedures in providing a comprehensive service of weed control, plant pest and disease control, hydro-seeding and other related services to their customer base. These clients include sporting venues, local authorities, schools, airfields, cemeteries, industrial sites, highways & parks. This nationwide service remains unique in its local delivery of expertise.Mark first became aware of Complete Weed Control having seen at first-hand what the contractor was able to achieve after bringing them in at Stockport County. “We used them at the training ground at Stockport and when I moved to St Mary’s College in Twickenham, I continued to use them because of the fantastic job that was carried out in a very professional manner. When I moved to Crystal Palace, I brought them in again. It works out to be far more cost effective to work with a specialist contractor than to carry out the work in-house. There is no cost for equipment and I knew all the CWC staff members were BASIS trained and Amenity Assured approved – something which is very expensive to keep up-to-date with, but a necessity in today’s world.”“There is great room for expansion in my area and that is another reason why it became so attractive. My aim is to bring my experience as a head groundsman to my new customers and I’m very excited to get started.”For more information, please contact Complete Weed Control’s National office on 01325 324 277 or visit www.completeweedcontrol.co.uk. You can follow Complete Weed Control on Twitter @CWCLimited and view a video of Mark on the Company’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/completeweedcontrol1  Read More
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