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  • 10/04/2014 15:39PM What a difference a Month makes It’s only been 30 days since we were talking about saturated ground and not being able to travel on it.Now, we’ve seen that they were watering Cheltenham Race Course on the Thursday of the Festival, and we haven\'t had any significant rainfall during the whole of March!But, and there\'s always a but. It’s too soon to spray weeds with selective herbicide, as its realitvely cool in the evenings and all weeds haven\'t germinated, so spraying too early is bad value for money. The moss we have talked about for a few weeks is definitely a menace and capable of smothering grass growth in our swards. It is, however, time to spray the moss with soluble iron @ 25 kg /ha, or use a granular like Greentec Mosskiller Pro from Headland Amenity @ 40 gms per square metre. This has a 4:0:4 analysis plus 9% Fe. A soluble fertiliser can also be added to the iron product just to give the grasses an early boost. A penetrant like SAS 90 from Intracrop is also worth including in the tank.It should also be noted that leatherjacket spraying is taking place with large populations coming to the surface - showing us that predictions of an infestation was correct and not scaremongering. Cyren is the pesticide of choice @ 1.5 litres per ha and is well worth adding to tank mixes (don’t forget to check the label), and use with the penetrant. Where moss is a problem on artificial surfaces, car parks or hard surfaces, making walking treacherous, then MMC Pro is giving excellent results.There is no point applying moss products on turf areas without scarifying afterwards (maybe around ten days would be advisable). Depending on how aggressive this operation is, and the degree the moss has blotted out the grass, re-seeding may need to take place. Grass is resilient and if patience is a virtue, then it may re-establish itself, in perfect growing conditions.In a golf course situation, where group planted areas or shrubs exist, it’s time to apply a residual herbicide with a mix of glyphosate. This will give you weed control for maybe 6 months, with deep rooted weeds may require a spray in June or July i.e. Nettle, dock, bramble etc. All Complete Weed Control franchisees can help you with all the above operations, and have all achieved the Amenity Assured Standard. Plus you get \'local help from a national company\', as you are never more than a short journey away from any of our offices. Each of our franchisees can offer advice, carry out a soil-sample, or quote for any job. Read More
  • 02/04/2014 15:05PM baseguard Chosen by Chelsea FC Premier League Football Club Chelsea FC has transformed the entrances to the first team training pitches at their Cobham training ground with the installation of baseguard - a new product and service by Complete Weed Control, the UK’s leading specialist contract service for the eradication of all problem weeds.Head Groundsman Jason Griffin has a long a successful relationship with Complete Weed Control (London South) having dealt with the company for almost twenty years. “Cobham is such a big site – probably the largest training complex in the country, and legislation with spraying changes so much. It’s far easier for me to take that headache out of the equation and let Richard Allen and his team deal with all of our spraying needs. “They are reliable and I know that they have very high standards, so I don’t have to worry about their work as they are so good at what they do. We have access areas on to the pitches, which was previously covered in bark and I was looking at alternative surfaces as there is a lot of traffic from footfall and machines going onto the pitches – all of which was bringing mud and mess onto the pitches. Richard suggested a new product - baseguard.Following a site survey, Complete Weed Control (London South) sent a team to remove the existing surface and create what Jason describes as ‘the finishing touch’.The baseguard surface is available in a wide range of colours to create attractive finishes and bespoke designs and can also be readily installed on both new and existing surfaces. Typically, it is ready for use within 24 hours of application. Uses include:Children\'s play surfacesPedestrian areasAnywhere that needs an impact-absorbing safe surface“The new surface is cleaner and far more practical than what we previously had. baseguard just finishes the area off and looks very professional.” As well as working at the Cobham training, CWC carry out work at Stamford Bridge. “Anything we want doing here, I will ask Richard to do, and his team do it. We have a very close relationship. I have used them for many years – first dealing with Richard’s father John and can’t fault them. They save us so much manpower and are experts in what they do.” said Jason.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 more news, reviews and insightful views. Read More
  • 19/03/2014 15:47PM Weathering the Weather BTME was a roaring success and everyone left Harrogate with a spring in their step anticipating the new season with relish. Alas, the weather has been playing its part again in spoiling thoughts we had of an early start to the season. Here Alan Abel from Complete Weed Control gives his thoughts for April.There is nothing but sadness for all those flooded out of their homes, and no end to their plight is in the offing for the foreseeable future. As far as our industry is concerned, all involved in turf husbandry are struggling either to make surfaces playable, or get anything done whatsoever. The ground everywhere is like a sodden sponge, where just walking on it has a marking effect. We will need two or three weeks with a dry easterly wind to help with the drying process and enable much needed fertilizer programmes to start on large areas of leached sports grounds.These recent conditions have led to swards that are hungry so now is a good time to get soil samples done and analysed. With the correct programmes put in place when the \'big dry out\' does eventually happen, turf should recover quickly.  On a happier note; the temperatures are remaining quite reasonable, but this is leading to a lot of early growth of weeds.  The temptation is for an early spray, but as previously said; it\'s economically advantageous to wait till the real season starts.The other problem blooming is Moss. We talked of this last month and the weather has only exaggerated the problem we all have with this invasive nuisance. Talking of invasives; because of all the flooding, those near water courses should be vigilant for the germination of Himalayan Balsam. This pink flowered weed looks very delicate just now and for a few weeks to come, before becoming a real issue on river banks, whilst being capable of spreading very quickly.  Another invasive that may be taking advantage of the lousy weather is Japanese Knotweed, as this also spreads through flood ravaged areas. Remember, a piece weighing 0.062 grammes can be viable and grow into a mature plant. The chafer grub population this year is also high along with the leatherjacket count. Additionally worms are causing unsightly castes and providing weeds with a ready-made seed bed. I\'m not trying to sound like a harbinger of doom, with pestilence around every corner, just bringing these problems that may be lurking into focus.Complete Weed Control has over 40 Amenity Assured Standard franchisees in the field, ready to help all turf managers’ deal with any of the problems outlined above. Please call for a survey of nuisance plants, a soil sample service, and a price on worm, leatherjacket or chafer control.Let\'s just hope the weather \'plays ball\' and we can all start to make inroads into the work ahead. For more information, please contact Complete Weed Control’s National office on 01325 324 277 or visit www.completeweedcontrol.co.uk Read More
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