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11/10/2016 17:47PMThe season of mists and mellow fruitfulnessAlan Abel from Complete Weed
Control gives Turf Managers his view as we enter the final quarter of the year.
As we enter the final quarter
of the year, you will start to see plenty of early morning dews; the days are
getting noticeably shorter at both ends and the sun is not giving out as much
heat as we've become used to over our reasonable summer. Mists have been seen
swirling in the early morning light, and if the old saying is to be trusted, we
could be in for a long, cold winter judging by the trees laden with fruit and
With this in mind, swishing
of golf greens should be a matter of course as some damaging attacks of
fusarium have already made their mark. At least removing the dew will reduce
the dampness in that microclimate that exists just above the soil level. The
soil temperatures are still up, and there is plenty of grass growth so
when we do get a bit of heat creeping in at about mid-day that is when fungal
spores are most able to attack vulnerable swards.
The Ryder Cup has just
finished, so there will be a natural spike in the amount of golfers hoping to
emulate their heroes. They will be out in force early mornings which makes it
difficult for the routine operations to take place ahead of them. With the
large amount of rainfall in September, combined with it being the third
warmest on record, then worms are already at the surface casting.
For this reason, it is timely
to spray with Carbendazim for their control, ensuring that the pH of the water
is at its optimum of 5.5 is essential to help the efficacy of this particular
pesticide. Also a ‘wetter’ to make sure it reaches well below ground level is a
must for good worm cast control.
With the exceptional growth
conditions we have recently experienced; it has brought into focus the
necessity for a second application of selective herbicides to prevent over
wintering daisies to be controlled. It is not that an early application wasn't
successful it's just that the characteristics of the 'Bellis Perrenis'
root system is so sturdy. Enough herbicide can't be taken up to give 100%
weed control at the first time of asking.
We are also in the right
period of the year for the treatment of Japanese Knotweed. The plant is in the
spotlight continually and appears to be in the press weekly, including a six
page spread in a recent weekend magazine. The plant has now flowered and is
about enter senescence.
So, when it receives a dose
of glyphosate at this time of year, then the herbicide is transported through
the xylem and phloem of the plant and down into the rhizomes. This is
exactly where you want it.
It is very difficult to resist cutting the plant or indeed spraying on its
first sign, but the long wait of perhaps six months since first spotting the
wretched pinky/green leaves pushing up through the ground will be well worth
the results that will be evident in the following spring.
There may be up to an 85%
reduction in plant material and again the waiting game is on until that autumn.
A plethora of information
regarding Invasive species can be found by visiting www.completeweedcontrol.co.uk where you will also be able to find
your local specialist who will be able to assist in all aspects of accurate
pesticide applications . Read More
11/10/2016 08:49AMComplete Weed Control brings Magic to SALTEX 2016Complete
Weed Control, the UK’s largest weed control contractor, will be at SALTEX 2016
(stand E053) and visitors will not only be able to find out more about the
company’s extensive range of specialist services but will also be left
astonished by a world-class magician and mind-reader.
an extensive range of services available including moss control, weed control
and disease management it’s no wonder that so many are turning to Complete Weed
Control for a complete solution. The company has since reached new heights by
launching a new service - Complete Grounds Maintenance. Unveiled at SALTEX
2015, Complete Grounds Maintenance delivers a comprehensive range of services,
simplifying the headache of managing outside spaces without having to rely on a
number of contractors.
wide range of local authorities, industrial premises, forestry sites and
sporting venues are now all benefitting from the all-encompassing services,
Grass Cutting - Regular cutting of all
Selective Weed Control - For control of broad
leaf weeds in turf
Total Weed Control - Hard, soft and gravel
Grass Growth Control - Retardation of grass
growth in all areas
Invasive Weed Control - Management and
Moss Control - Moss and algae in turf and on
Shrub Pruning - Scheduled and reactive work
Winter Maintenance - Grit spreading and snow
Litter Picking - Scheduled and reactive
Rubber crumb surfaces
the winter months approach, visitors can also find out more information about
Complete Ice Control - which was formed in response to the overwhelming need
for a professional, reliable and trusted local gritting service to deal with
snow and ice worries using the best tools and technology available.
magician and mind-reader Robert Fox will be performing live throughout the two
day event on the stand. Robert who has performed for a number of celebrities
including Coldplay’s Chris Martin, One Direction, Olympic legend Usain Bolt and
Paul McCartney – to name but a few, will leave SALTEX visitors truly astounded.
The expert magician performs using coins, cards and borrowed objects from
attendees. Changing £5 notes into £50 notes, making people’s jewellery appear
in impossible locations, bending forks like never before seen, removing
peoples’ watches without their knowledge and performing award winning card
tricks is just a sample of what Robert will bring to Complete Weed Control’s
stand. Read More