In this article, Daniel Ratling, BSc Hons. PCert TSC, Head Groundsman at Whitgift School in London, considers plant-soil interactions and how we turf managers might improve this vital region of the turfgrass ecosystem.
Our journey navigating the last few months has seen us having to overcome massive challenges, alter our methods to fit a changing picture and, ultimately, allowed us the chance to attain some of the highest job satisfaction we’ve ever known. Grounds Manager David Lawrence and Assistant Grounds Manager John Lawrence at The Edgbaston Priory Club report.
Equestrian sports have been as hard hit as any with major championships cancelled and racing and polo seasons put on hold. But turfcare regimes have continued and are now stepping up a pace to ensure perfect footing when resumption is allowed. Managing groundstaff, participants and would-be spectators - who may be excluded for much of the year - is another challenge
Cricket is our summer game; just not this summer. The frustration is most apparent at county level, where all 18 clubs are without income, yet having to keep ticking over. 2020 is the year Kent Cricket celebrates 150 years, but so far, it’s a party with no guests. Neville Johnson, spoke to its head groundsman Adrian Llong to see how things were at pitch level
“You cannot put 30kg of fertiliser in a 20kg bag. Sooner or later it is going to spill out. I just did not know how much of a mess it was going to make.” I have read these words time and time again, and they resonate something very honest and relative to our industry and the people within it dealing with mental health issues. Kerry Haywood spoke to Graeme Farmer.