Most of Novembers conversations have just been about checking in with people to make sure they’re OK. The implications of Novembers lockdowns have been different for all of us, many have used the opportunity to do much needed invasive work such as aeration or drainage, all courses have welcomed the break from golfers from a… Read More November FAQ
I’ve seen a lot of activity on social media celebrating Jims 100 birthday the last couple of weeks. Several people asking “Are his views still relevant now?” Certainly his disease management views were as relevant now as they were when he wrote Practical Greenkeeping. I’ve recently put a blog together on Biostimulants check it out… Read More Jim Arthur’s Practical Greenkeeping – still relevant?
Biostimulants have been used in turf for forever. Flicking through my heavily worn “Practical Greenkeeping” by Jim Arthur (who incidentally would have celebrated his 100th Birthday recently). I can see endless references to “biostimulants”. Sand and Seaweed stacked and turned, Soot, Cocoa waste, sewage sludge, spent mushrooms, etc the list goes on and on. What… Read More Biostimulants – Anything new?
I was sent the image below this week from South Wales and PestTracker continues to do its job – PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE if you’re seeing Cranefly hatch still – please continue to log them. We don’t fully understand the life cycle yet – the more pieces of the jigsaw we have the sooner we get… Read More Does it ever end?
Acelepryn Timings I expected a whole host of last minute calls asking when they should apply acelepryn for LeatherJackets / Cranefly this October and I had a few but compared to last year it was minimal. We’ve done a lot of work this year to communicate the message on how to get the best out… Read More October FAQs
Cranefly. We’ve only had a few reported sightings this last couple of weeks which reflects exactly the same pattern as 2019. The additional work in gaining an extended period of Emergency Authorisation for Acelepryn now feels worth it. The last day to purchase product is gone and you are right at the end of the… Read More Surely it’s over?
I get asked this one a lot – How long will my fungicide last? When you apply a fungicide there is a number of things going on: Reducing spore population around the plant Reducing spore population on the plant Defending and protecting the plant on the outside from new pathogen Getting into the plant and… Read More Fungicide longevity
In 2019 we had no more reported sightings of Cranefly from this point on, I wonder if that was because they weren’t reported or if they had stopped? Forgive me me but I’m going to press you for a couple more weeks on this one. PLEASE keep logging on PestTracker. When I break down the… Read More Cranefly – Are we nearing the end?
It’s World Mental Health Day this weekend. Let’s hope everyone sits up and takes time to think. Greenkeeping can be an extremely pressurised job, but fortunately there are now increasing outlets for help. From my personal experience, it’s so important to take heed of the advice and opportunities on offer. I still love getting my… Read More World Mental Health Day 10th October 2020
It’s a tricky time of year to manage disease right now and true to form there’s a lot of disease pressure floating about. The biggest problem I see is that turf managers hope or believe that small amount of a disease will grow out because they are still getting some growth. Preventative fungicide applications are… Read More Microdochium time