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09/01/2017 11:13AMA New Year, but what does it hold?Alan
Abel from Complete Weed Control gives Turf Managers his view ahead of 2017.
years, when working within the turf and amenity industry seem to go very
quickly, as we are always thinking about the next season ahead. Each of the
four seasons brings its own challenges, be it weather, fixtures, disease
outbreaks, weak sward – the list seems endless.
managers must deal with these issues as they occur. It is no use waiting and
seeing. Decision time is now, not tomorrow or next week. 2016 proved to be a
reasonable year and the autumn/winter up to now, has been kind to us.
lot of golf projects have been carried out in dry-ish conditions, which could
not have happened in 2015 as it didn't stop raining for three months and the
soil had reached saturation point.
we never know what to expect. There has never been a more challenging time to
live through than now. BREXIT seems to be the current buzz word and it is so
unclear how it will work out with regards to the UK. The Sustainable Use
Directive (SUDs) and our National Action Plan is such an important part of
legislation and affects our industry in a big way.
are losing many important active ingredients and although people may think no one
is doing anything about it, this is far from the situation. The Amenity Forum,
led by Prof John Moverley, is lobbying government ministers continuously on the
sections behalf. As a body, The Amenity Forum is spelling out the problems that
are happening in the field, highlighting the continual erosion of our arsenal
of substances that we all require to keep our turf in the condition that has
come to be expected.
are explaining how professional we are in the amenity section and highlighting
the necessity for the NSTS for sprayers, the importance of the Amenity Assured
Scheme, and in general showing our industry in the best light while
demonstrating that we are all dedicated to best practice and continual professional
that subject, November 26 has passed, so all sprayers should hold NSTS certificates
now. Agriculture HAS been through this development years ago. They have their sprayers
checked and tested regularly, and they have had the Farm Assured Scheme running
since the eighties. Our numbers in the amenity sector when it comes to BASIS
qualifications are woefully low, as is the membership of NASOR or NoRosO. In my
opinion, this is what is letting our industry down.
the Government think for one minute this sector is being neglectful, then we
will be under further restrictions. Glyphosate is also very much in the spotlight.
There was a meeting in Virginia USA at the end of December made up of
scientists making observations concerning the safety of this most important
world simply cannot afford to be without this herbicide. End of. For your
further information, please visit the Amenity Forum website to see the 'Get Moving'
films. Update events are taking place in February, March and April which will
be “do not miss” events!
challenging times lie ahead of all of us endeavouring to carry out our jobs in
a professional manner – whether that be groundsmen, greenkeepers or
contractors. Visit the Complete Weed Control website for all of the latest
industry news and contact your local team for a survey of a particular situation
or cost for a particular application – be it fungicide at short notice or any
For more information, please contact Complete Weed
Control’s national office on 01325 324 277 Read More
03/01/2017 12:51PMComplete Weed Control brings New service to BTME 2017Complete
Weed Control, the UK’s largest weed control contractor, will be at BTME 2017
(stand C48), where visitors will be able to find out more information on the
company’s new Complete Artificial Grass service.
about mowing, watering and fertilizing. Complete Artificial Grass has perfected
the art of installing premium artificial grass using the finest products on the
market. Their experienced national teams can simulate the look, feel, and
performance of natural grass in virtually any commercial or domestic
environment and under the most extreme soil and weather conditions.
are six products available in the range that will not only look wonderful all
year round, but can also be installed to be impact absorbing for play areas
with the installation of a shock pad.
Tee can be installed to provide an unrivalled realistic playing surface facilitating
play all year round.
Green has been designed to be durable while still providing a true and
realistic playing surface.
Pathway is the solution for those looking for an attractive and extremely low
maintenance solution for pathways, and cartways.
Clarence, Highgrove and Beaumont products will provide a real alternative to
natural grass for domestic gardens by offering 25mm, 30mm and 35mm pile
heights, different textures and colour variations to suit any environment.
launch of Complete Artificial Grass follows the launch of a host of new
services from the Complete Group over the past two years. A wide range of local
authorities, industrial premises, forestry sites and sporting venues are now
all benefitting from the 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 surfaces
For more information, please contact Complete
Group’s National office on 01325 324 277.
Over the coming few weeks, a brand new website will
be launched and can be viewed by visiting www.completeartificialgrass.co.uk Read More