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  • 07/10/2014 13:40PM What Comes After an Indian Summer? What comes after an Indian summer? Alan Abel, a Complete Weed Control franchisee for over 30 years tackles this sixty-four thousand dollar question as we have been treated to an exceptional weather run, which looks set to continue into the autumn.We have, in effect, had three springs this season with warm dry spells interspersed with showers and periods of wet weather which has resulted in exceptional growing conditions. This holds true not just for grasses, but also for weeds. The season was early after quite a mild spring and early selective weed control was popular, but ran out of steam and in some cases second applications became necessary. The same scenario has been experienced in the total weed control market on hard surfaces throughout our towns and cities. As Local Authority budgets have been slashed, weed control budgets have been a target for cuts as it is often viewed as non-essential. How wrong this has proven to be, as strong growth of weeds such as buddleia is becoming prevalent, which will eventually lead to damage to infrastructure.This year has put good weed control into sharp perspective and underlined the need for targeted pesticide applications as the preferred method to keep our country\'s hard surfaces in good condition and save large expenses in repairs to infrastructure. We must be careful not to miss the window for treating Japanese Knotweed, as it seems to be shutting down early. Any knotweed that requires treatment should be undertaken in the next couple of weeks, before the onset of winter frosts.So, what will the next few months bring?here is bound to be a period of wet weather soon and this will bring the worm population to the top of our playing surfaces. What will remain unseen is the leatherjacket population that has undoubtedly been growing exponentially year on year. When treating the worms with Carbendazim, it would be foolhardy NOT to include a dose of CYREN @ 1.5 litres/ha into the spray tank. This would be the best £15-£20 spent over the year.Even the most experienced Amenity Turf managers will be surprised how many leatherjackets can appear out of an apparently healthy sward. All of our Complete Weed Control franchisees are able to undertake the above applications at a reasonable cost, taking all the Health and Safety worries away from our clients. All empty containers would be taken away and a record of application left with our clients. With the service, a pH buffer and a penetrant would be added to the mixture to help the insecticides and lumbracide work as efficiently as possible. Also round the corner is a potentially cold winter - just look at the berries on hedgerows. It is an \'old wives tail\', but sometimes comes true.  Read More
  • 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
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