Back to Basics 2
23 Jul 2012 - Training & Education - Stuart Staples
In Part 2 of his 'back to basics' series on fertilisers, Scotts International Technical Manager, Stuart Staples, considers how understanding turf's natural growth pattern can assist you in putting together the right fertiliser programme
Back to Basics 3
22 May 2012 - Training & Education - Stuart Staples
In the third and final part of his 'Back to Basics' article on fertilisers, Scotts International Technical Manager, Stuart Staples, advises on selecting and calibrating a spreader and tackles common problems with fertiliser application
24 Apr 2012 - Training & Education - John Carr
A lot of a caretaker’s attention is focused on issues such as the maintenance of turf quality, fertilisers, mowing, topdressing and irrigation. One aspect of sports field presentation that is important to both players and spectators alike, is the way the pitch is marked out.
World can Reap Benefits of Australia's Skills
22 Feb 2012 - Training & Education - Editor
Tables can be turned on faltering interest in agricultural science, MARK ADAMS writes: This week's cancellation of the intake of students to the agriculture program at the University of Western Sydney has justifiably rung alarm bells.
What’s the difference between Grooming and Verticutting?
6 Jan 2012 - Training & Education - Editor - 1 comment
One of the most important things you can do to improve your fine turf is to add turf grooming to your regime. Unfortunately, turf grooming is not well understood and it is often confused with verticutting.
Jacobsen set up Education training Scheme for the future
21 Jun 2010 - Training & Education - Peter Driver
The major equipment manufacturers all have educational schemes for students of fine turf, which aim to cement relationships with aspiring turf professionals as they enter the industry.
Remembering when we had the ‘guts’ for the job?
14 Apr 2010 - Training & Education - Richard Murray
Whatever the politicians might say, or the general election might bring, 2010 should be a big learning curve for us all - and didn't we learn a lot about politicians in 2009!
How to communicate difficult decisions
30 Sep 2009 - Training & Education - Frank Newberry
As discussed in part one, difficult decisions can be very hard to make, and communicating them can sometimes be harder still. In this the second of two articles Trainer and Conference Speaker, Frank Newberry, considers how we can respond positively to the challenge of communicating difficult decisions.
Why Me? Networking your way back to work
17 Jul 2009 - Training & Education - Mike Gash
When Mike Gash, former Head Greenkeeper at Moseley Golf Club, was made redundant in November last year, he suffered a range of emotions, none of which would have actually helped him find a job. Here he talks about those emotions and how networking soon found him a new opportunity
How secure are you in your Job? One Superintendent's Story:
11 Jan 2009 - Training & Education - Michael Picken
Imagine one minute everything is fine and then the next you are called into the club’s board room and told you’re out of a job. Former VGCSA president Michael Picken was a casualty in late 2008, here he ruminates about his dismissal and asks whether 12 years in the one position is too long in this day and age.
What are your Plans?
16 Nov 2008 - Training & Education - Laurence Gale MSc
Approaching planning in the right way can save you time and money. If you are thinking of applying for planning permission, whether for a specific development or a change of use, you may be put off by a process that can seem complicated and confusing.
Deal or No Deal?
7 Sep 2007 - Training & Education - Frank Newberry
Some groundsmen and greenkeepers tell me there is no room for negotiation at their workplace. Working conditions and pay rates are generally set by their employer, or negotiated by a union, leaving little or no scope for individual influence.