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  • 03/10/2015 09:56AM Complete Grounds Maintenance Launches at SALTEX 2015 Complete Weed Control will be launching a new service – Complete Grounds Maintenance, on stand A060 at SALTEX 2015, being held at the NEC Birmingham on 4-5 November. Complete Grounds Maintenance is a new service that delivers a comprehensive range of grounds maintenance services on a national scale.Established in 1972, Complete Weed provides commercial weed control and weed removal services throughout the UK. The company now has over 50 regional offices throughout the UK and Ireland. Building on the success of Complete Weed Control, the company then launched Complete Ice Control – a reliable and trusted local gritting service to deal with snow and ice worries.2014 saw the founding of Complete Invasives Control and Complete Moss Control, which were formed due to an overwhelming increase in the demand for these two services. Complete Ground Maintenance is the latest addition to the Complete Group and its creation indicates significant growth for the company.The launch of Complete Grounds Maintenance means that customers can have just one supplier for all of their grounds maintenance requirements - simplifying the headache of managing outside spaces. Local authorities, industrial premises, forestry sites and sporting venues will now all be able to benefit from Complete Weed Control’s all-encompassing services, which include:Grass Cutting - Regular cutting of all grassed areasSelective Weed Control - For control of broad leaf weeds in turfTotal Weed Control - Hard, soft and gravel surfacesGrass Growth Control - Retardation of grass growth in all areasInvasive Weed Control - Management and controlMoss Control - Moss and algae in turf and on hard surfacesShrub Pruning - Scheduled and reactive workWinter Maintenance - Grit spreading and snow clearanceLitter Picking - Scheduled and reactiveBaseguard - Rubber crumb surfacesThe launch of the Complete Grounds Maintenance service will come as welcome news to those that have to search for various contractors for each of these services; which can be time consuming and often very expensive. In fact, many of the Complete Group’s operatives are already undertaking these services on a regular basis as they continue to go above and beyond the call of duty. With this is mind, it made total sense to form Complete Grounds Management according to managing director Ian Graham:“A lot of our operatives are already doing work that isn’t necessarily just weed control. Many of our customers are already benefiting from a number of additional services such as clearance, repair works to gates and fences, grass cutting and pruning etc.“Now is a great time for growth and we are responding to this by formalising the offering of new services.“We wanted an all-round solution where we’ve got a service provision covered from top to bottom. We now have this with Complete Grounds Maintenance.”Find out more by calling Complete Grounds Maintenance on Free Phone 0800 031 6633 or visit more information, please contact our National office on 01325 324 277. You can also follow CWC on Twitter @CWCLimited for much more news, reviews and insightful views. Read More
  • 10/09/2015 14:07PM All Change in September September was always the month for SALTEX in our industry. The trip up the river, the evenings meeting up with colleagues, the set up and then after three gruelling show days - the‎ ‘clean up'. Here Alan Abel from Complete Weed Control gives his monthly advice.SALTEX has now moved to a new venue and new date at the NEC in Birmingham in November, and the way our ‘summer’ has turned out this year; it’s fair to say that visitor numbers would have struggled with a lot of catching up to be done due to the ‘wash-out’ of August.Turf managers trying to prepare for the Rugby World Cup ‎have had to endure the vagaries of our very unsettled weather patterns. This year has been very wet with large rain fall totals again making grass cutting and general turf grass husbandry very difficult. This is a season where tri nexapac ethyl - Primo Maxx/ Clipless etc have ‎come into its own. This fantastic chemical slows grass growth and reduces clippings while strengthening the root structure.Turf managers that have worked a programme around the weather have not had the excess pressure to cut grass that seems to be jumping out of the ground at the moment, making us feel like it’s more April/May than the end of 'summer'. Of course that's not the only thing growing excessively. Broad leaf weeds have had a field day and one application of selective herbicide has not really been adequate. There are a lot of secondary applications taking place which is hard on budgets that are already at breaking point. Worms are already making an appearance as the damp conditions persist, so carbendazim will be needed shortly and will probably be a more expensive exercise than we have been used to in recent seasons. Many of us mix chlorpyrifos ‎ to combat that hidden pest - the leatherjacket. Well now they will be making hay as the CRD withdrew the chemical earlier this season giving two days-notice and the last date for using it on amenity turf was earlier this month! This is going to cause a lot of people a massive headache in our industry, and there must be a case for lobbying for its return, as without doubt, it is just as important in our industry as it is in agriculture - even a couple of years without it will lead to massive costs due to the reinstatement of decimated turf areas. This is not just being inflammatory - this will happen. Without meaning to be a harbinger of doom, there is also a lot of disease in fine turf areas, and red thread is prevalent in larger areas such as playing fields and fairways. In the latter examples, a fertiliser with nitrogen will usually grow the red thread out of itself. But with fusarium, dollar spot, anthracnose and other serious fungus issues that seem to appear quickly these days, then an application of a suitable product will definitely be a necessity. This is also getting into the season for dealing with Japanese Knotweed. Flowering is late this year and in some areas it has only just happened. Timing is of the essence when dealing with this ‎weed and stopping its spread has to be a priority. Complete Weed Control has a nationwide network of franchisees - all able to deal with any situation described above, on a supply and apply basis, and are BASIS and Amenity Assured registered‎. For more information, please contact our National office on 01325 324 277. You can also follow CWC on Twitter @CWCLimited for much more news, reviews and insightful views. Read More
  • 08/08/2015 16:35PM Complete Weed Control Makes Life Easier for Cheltenham Town FC Cheltenham Town Football Club has commented that the services of Complete Weed Control have made the role of their groundsman a great deal easier.Founded in 1887, Cheltenham Town FC went on to spend its first three decades in local football. But the ambitious club from Gloucestershire had set its sights higher and eventually entered the Football League in 1999. Since then, the club has played as high as League One - the third tier of English football, spending a total of four seasons there. Their best FA Cup run saw them reach the last 16 in 2002.It was upon reaching the Football League in 1999 that the club first turned to the services of Complete Weed Control. “As soon as the club entered the Football League we contacted Complete Weed Control. This was due to the company being one of the first to use modern day products that are common place in today’s grounds keeping industry such as liquid feeds and bio slims,” commented a club spokesman.Established in 1972, Complete Weed Control has gone from strength to strength over the years and has cemented its position at the forefront of the industry. With over 50 franchises based in the UK and Ireland, Complete Weed Control is the number one choice for those looking to eradicate all problematic weeds, wherever they appear.Each Complete Weed Control operative is fully trained and adheres to a common set of standards and procedures. All work is undertaken by abiding to strict health and safety guidelines, meaning that groundsmen can concentrate on other tasks without concerning himself with the ins and outs of pesticide legislation.“Working with Complete Weed Control certainly saves us from the nightmare of health and safety paperwork. Their knowledge of what products and applications to use along with useful suggestions is exceptional.“It’s also a lot cheaper for us to hire the services of Complete Weed Control rather than purchase the kit and pay for high quality products, which CWC can easily source.”It’s no wonder that more and more clubs like Cheltenham Town are turning to the services of Complete Weed Control. As well as undertaking work for a number of different sectors, including local authority, industrial and forestry, many leading sporting venues are now working with Complete Weed Control in order to keep their facilities in the best condition.But it is not just their expertise or quality of work that makes Complete Weed Control the leaders of the pack.“The service and aftercare are truly outstanding. Alan Abel and Nick Rawlings are our CWC operatives and we consider them as friends rather than contractors.“They are both only ever a call away and due to our long standing relationship, if an outbreak of severe turf disease occurs, they will drop everything and fit us in at the end of the next day. That is just how the company operates.“Complete Weed Control certainly go above and beyond the call of duty.” Read More
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