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  • 18/11/2015 16:12PM Complete Weed Control work with worlds greenest football club Forest Green Rovers FC, the world’s most sustainable football club, has chosen to obtain the services of Complete Weed Control. For the last five years, Forest Green Rovers’ mission has been to become the greenest football team in the world. In fact everything about the club says green, from its name to its club strip to the idyllic rolling hills of the Cotswolds that provide a back drop to the club’s stadium in the Gloucestershire town of Nailsworth. Sustainability can be found in every corner of The New Lawn Stadium; you will find no red meat at the concession stands, solar panels power the stadium, a battery powered robot mows the pitch - and it is this organic pitch that Complete Weed Control have been assigned to keep in pristine condition.  Matt Rainey, head groundsman at Forest Green Rovers FC, is no stranger to Complete Weed Control. Matt has worked with the company for over a decade and when he landed the head groundsman’s position at Forest Green Rovers, one of his first decisions was to bring Complete Weed Control on-board.“The decision to bring Compete Weed Control over to Forest Green Rovers was a no brainer really. The service and aftercare has always been outstanding. They are always just a phone call away and always go over and above the call of duty,” said Matt.Complete Weed Control’s role at the club has differed somewhat to the previous services they have carried out for Matt. In his previous positions, Matt has seen Complete Weed Control operatives applying treatments to eradicate all weeds and unsightly moss. However, Matt now does all of his weeding by hand, due to the club ethos of no pesticides. But the eradication of weeds is just one of many services the Complete Weed Control team undertake. More and more clubs like Forest Green Rovers are turning to the company in order to carry out all ‘spraying applications’ on the pitch, which includes regular applications of fertilisers and soil amendments. It certainly means Matt has more time on his hands to concentrate on other tasks.“We research and source every product that goes on to the pitch and that includes a feed consisting of our compost tea products. There are around ten products which need to be applied to the pitch and if I’m doing it with a walk over spray then that is literally a day gone. I just can’t afford a day at the moment and with the guys from Complete Weed Control coming in – it means I can spend a day doing something else,” says Matt.As well has having the benefit of saving Matt time, he believes that the services of Complete Weed Control are extremely cost effective and also eliminate a great deal of stress.“It’s all the paperwork that comes with it that we don’t have to deal with. By using Complete Weed Control, it certainly takes the headache out of health and safety. Plus they’ve got the correct equipment which doesn’t warrant me spending our budget on.”For more information, please contact Complete Weed Control’s National office on 01325 324 277 or visit You can also follow CWC on Twitter @CWCLimited for more news, reviews and insightful views. Read More
  • 02/11/2015 15:01PM Here comes the winter Alan Abel, a Complete Weed Control franchisee for over thirty years, gives his advice for turf managers over the winter period. As we enter the last part of the year; it has been a season of exceptional autumnal colours on our trees.  The Rugby World ‎Cup has been a great success (unless you were supporting England), with all the stadia looking and playing well – congratulations to all of the groundsmen involved.  The amenity industry is greatly missing Chlorpyrifos which was taken from our arsenal on the 31st August. There were large numbers of crane fly in late summer so it follows that there are even more leatherjackets in the soil making a meal of good viable grass roots. Imagine the following scenario: A fruit farmer who majors in apples decides to grub up some of the trees to diversify into the leisure industry and make a golf course. Well the farmer can still use Chlorpyrifos at two litres per hectare on his apple crop before blossom but he cannot use the same pesticide on his greens or fairways that are being attacked by leatherjackets. The trouble is; you don't need to imagine this - it is actually happening! There must be a case for CRD to look at this and re-instate Chlorpyrifos into the amenity ‎market. Even if it meant closing the facility for the day, I'm sure clients and sports people alike would be prepared to endure this penalty? During the Amenity Forum Conference last month, Integrated Pest Management was an important part of the agenda. All of us in the amenity turf industry must look at other ways of controlling pests‎, diseases and weeds. The Water Framework Directive is driving this agenda, as any Pesticide showing up in our rivers or streams ‎above a certain limit will be liable to be taken away from our use. This is why precise targeting and minimal use of pesticides is so important in retaining these vital products. At Complete Weed Control, we recommend using nematodes for the control of leatherjackets. The problem for bowling clubs, golf clubs and sports clubs is that using Chlorpyrifos at 1.5 litres per ha used to cost around  ‎£1.50 for 500m² whereas it is going to cost maybe £60 for the same control using the nematodes. With so many local authority and private clubs under major financial pressures this will be a major cost in the future. Although winter is thought of as an ideal time for hibernation, it can actually be a time for timely applications of propyzamide (KERB) for the control of grass weeds throughout problem shrub beds. Care must be taken when applications are made as it is a very soluble product that will move into non-target areas if applied on banks and slopes.There is a time restriction as well. It must be applied by the end of January, as it is activated by cold frosty weather‎. While on the subject of wintry weather, Complete Ice Control can offer the solution of gritting and snow clearance on a national level. Our network of franchisees offers this service and using a Met Office forecast that gives actual road surface temperature forecasts on a localised level. The customer can be assured their roads and paths will be gritted should the temperature drop to zero degrees and below. With colder, damper weather moss becomes a problem. ‎MMC pro always produces good results, as long as enough water is applied and that the water is pH buffered. An addition of a wetter is also advisable.  Find out more by calling Complete Weed Control on Free Phone 0800 954 9679 or visit www.completeweedcontrol.comYou can also follow CWC on Twitter @CWCLimited for much more news, reviews and insightful views. Read More
  • 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
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