A Perfect Day
26 Sep 2012 - Cricket - Laurence Gale MSc
Well, what can I say; it was, in fact, a perfect day in terms of the weather, turn out and hospitality at the recent Dennis/Sisis Groundsman\'s seminar.
Academic attitudes at Bolton Wanderers' training ground
21 Aug 2012 - Football - Laurence Gale MSc
Bolton Wanderers Head Groundsman, Richard Norton, has been with the club over twenty years, starting at Bolton’s former ground, Burnden Park - their home for 102 years - before moving to the Reebok Stadium during the 1997/8 season. Over the years, he has built up an experienced team of staff to look after Bolton’s three facilities; the Reebok Stadium, the first team training ground at Chorley and the new Academy training ground at Lostock
Royal Progress for Premiership new boys Reading
24 Jul 2012 - Football - Laurence Gale MSc
After one of the most exciting finishes to a Premier League campaign, it is no wonder it is considered to be one of the most prized and richest leagues in world football and, for those fortunate enough to compete in it, the financial rewards are estimated at around £85m annually.
Wimbledon's Preparations for Olympic Tennis
24 Jul 2012 - Tennis - Laurence Gale MSc
Later this year, there will be a new man in charge of the hallowed turf, as Neil Stubley takes over the reins, but not before the outgoing Eddie Seaward notches his twenty-second year in charge. As well as Wimbledon fortnight, the duo are also tasked with preparing the venue for the 2012 Olympics tennis tournament - which begins just three weeks after The Championships have finished
A Desert Oasis ...
16 Jul 2012 - Golf - Laurence Gale MSc - 1 comment
The Director of Agronomy at The Royal Golf Club in Bahrain, Mark Hooker, shares his experiences of greenkeeping in the Middle East
Why Should We Carry Out Aeration?
2 Jul 2012 - Consultancy - Laurence Gale MSc
I will begin by explaining the reasons why we need to aerate, and then go on to explain the choice of equipment we now have at our disposal, giving examples of how it can be used and on which type of playing surface
Shane's world meets Wayne's world at Molineux
14 Jun 2012 - Football - Laurence Gale MSc
Shane Moon, Head Groundsman at Guernsey’s Footes Lane stadium, gets the chance to see how things are done at a Premiership club as Wolves take on Manchester United at Molineux
12 Jun 2012 - Best of the Rest - Laurence Gale MSc
Regular and seasonal aeration maintenance operations are essential to ensure turfgrass quality is maintained throughout the playing seasons of most fine natural turf and field turf facilities.
There is life after Old Trafford for Pete Marron
6 Jun 2012 - Cricket - Laurence Gale MSc
After dedicating thirty years of his life to the home of Lancashire cricket, Pete Marron left Old Trafford three years ago for pastures new. Our editor caught up with him recently to discuss the reasons for his departure and find out what he is up to now
John Deere Celebrates 175 years of Industrial Innovation
1 May 2012 - General News - Laurence Gale MSc
I consider myself privileged to have been asked to join a very special press trip to the United States recently, to be part of the 175 year anniversary celebrations of the John Deere Company.
Facts about Fusarium Patch
28 Apr 2012 - Consultancy - Laurence Gale MSc
In recent days, members have been asking questions about Fusarium patch in turf, it seems to be quite prevalent at the moment. This is partly because the weather has been wet recently and also quite mild.
Southampton's 'Premier' Pitch in Good Hands ...
1 Apr 2012 - Football - Laurence Gale MSc
With Southampton flying high in the Championship, their free flowing, passing game requires a good surface. Charged with providing that is Grounds Manager, Andy Gray, and his team of four. It’s not all been plain sailing as our UK editor discovers.
31 Mar 2012 - Golf - Laurence Gale MSc - 1 comment
Drainage issues have never been as pressing as they are now after a summer of such excessive and intense rainfall in northern parts of Australia. So, what better time than now to look at the issue of bunker drainage. Econoplas Ltd in the UK are setting the standard in drainage, and its only a matter of time until we catch on.
England Football looks at Reintroducing Artificial Pitches
15 Mar 2012 - Football - Laurence Gale MSc
English football is a step closer to reintroducing artificial pitches after the Football League announced plans to seek opinion on their possible return.
The "Best Turf in the World" for Trump Course
24 Feb 2012 - Golf - Laurence Gale MSc
In April last year, Tim Fell, managing director of turf producer, Tillers Turf, was having a fairly routine day at his Lincolnshire turf nursery until Donald Trump called from his office in New York to make his rather substantial request.
Remedial work at the SWALEC Stadium
10 Feb 2012 - Cricket - Laurence Gale MSc
Three years down the line, Keith Exton finally has the backing of the committee to undertake major remedial work on the Swalec’s square. Steven Pask was the contractor chosen to carry out the work.
Artificial Lines into Natural Turf Sports Pitches Introduced into the UK.
30 Jan 2012 - General News - Laurence Gale MSc
Pitch-Line 3G is relaunching the concept of inserting artificial lines into natural turf sports pitches. The Irish company is currently having a resurgence of interest in their product after modifications to the machine and development of better inline materials.
9 Jan 2012 - General Sports - Laurence Gale MSc
Understanding what is going on below the surface is critical for successful turfgrass management. Visual inspections, backed up with a professional analysis of soil properties, will give vital information about the condition of the soil and help to produce a more productive environment for plant growth and sustainability.
The Science of Compliance
30 Dec 2011 - Best of the Rest - Laurence Gale MSc
Like most people these days, we tend to take for granted the choice and selection of professional pesticide products on the market for the turfcare industry. We rarely care, or understand, the complexities of bringing these products to the market place; however, we are the first to complain about their cost.
When Elton John came to play at Greenhouse Meadow
31 Oct 2011 - Football - Laurence Gale MSc - Issue 38 - August / September 2011
When Elton John came to play at Greenhouse Meadow, in front of 16,000 adoring fans at the 10,000 capacity venue, the pitch had to be covered to provide seating for the additional 6,000.