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The winner of the Irish Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award 2018, sponsored by ICL and Syngenta, has been announced as Rody Kilbride from Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo.

For a number of years, ICL and Syngenta have been proud sponsors of the Irish…

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After some shading issues were resolved at the exclusive Blackwell Golf Club in Worcestershire, Head Greenkeeper Rhys Thomas has since restored the greens to their full health thanks to a range of ICL fertilizers.

Blackwell Golf Club may…

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Dennis and SISIS have announced key dates and locations for their 2018 bowling green maintenance seminars.

Committed to educating greenkeepers and raising the standards of bowling greens, Dennis and SISIS have long supported the sport of…

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Etesia UK has announced the appointment of Country Machinery Ltd, based in Driffield, East Yorkshire as its newest dealer.

Country Machinery, a family run business providing sales, services repairs and parts for all grounds care…

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Andy Richards, grounds manager at Shrewsbury School, has added to his existing fleet of Dennis mowers after recently purchasing three new Dennis FT510’s and two new G760’s.

Andy has been the grounds manager at the illustrious Shrewsbury…

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After trialling a range of various wetting agents, Jonathan Smith, Course Manager at Cowdray Park Golf Club, West Sussex, found exactly what he was looking for in Sherriff Amenity’s Aqua-Zorb Liquid.

Golf has been played at Cowdray since…

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Andy Richards, Grounds Manager at Shrewsbury School, is a firm believer that aeration is one of the most important practices carried out by groundsmen, and this is exactly why he has recently purchased a new SISIS Javelin…

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MM60 is key for Leeds Rhinos

Ryan Golding, head groundsman at the Emerald Headingley Stadium - home to Leeds Rhinos rugby league and Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union clubs, believes that Limagrain’s MM60 grass seed has been integral to the success of the pitch.

Ryan has…

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Winners of the 2017 BALI National Landscape Awards, recently enjoyed an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the All England Lawn Tennis Club Wimbledon, which was hosted and organised by ICL and awards headline sponsor Green-tech.

The event…

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Graham Taylor replied to John Marsh's discussion What do you do with a doggy Doo?
"Can't really see much point in cutting the lawn at all if you leave big areas uncut.........there might be a dispute over whether you get paid for it + it won't look very any good. If there was no-one in I'd have just phoned the boss, explained the…"
3 hours ago
Tim Carr was featured
4 hours ago
Colin Hunt replied to graeme mccaig's discussion Pricing a turf job
"I take it you mean 36 sq.m. Graeme.  If you have already completed and charged for the clearing, then all you have to price is prepare and lay.  Very worse case, including hire of rotorvator + day to prepare + day to lay + cost of turf + profit. You…"
5 hours ago
graeme mccaig replied to John Marsh's discussion What do you do with a doggy Doo?
"im a 2nd mate in a 3 man company. (the lowest man). today while the boss was at his primary customer, me and 1st mate visited the homes. One garden has 8 or 10 dogs. Cant count them all. Anyway, loads on shit on the lawns. I steer around it all and…"
13 hours ago
Elizabeth Reeves replied to Darren Walters's discussion Plant ID please
"Yeah, LOL!
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14 hours ago
John Fulton replied to dan's discussion Sthil dethatcher/scarifier for kombi system
"I have a stihl dethatcher for the MM multi engine two sets of tines but it takes different accessories brushes etc  , I think its MM55 but mine is a very old model It clears moss in no time at all but i dont know how this compares to a dedicated sca…"
18 hours ago
Pembrokeshire Gardening’s discussion was featured
Have quite a few lawns to treat and fertilise..Is it ok to mix Thrust with other treatments such as a slow release fertiliser or an Iron sulphate solution in a knapsack sprayer?Or should i stick to seperate applications?Just rather busy at the minut…
yesterday
Progreen Weed Control replied to Pembrokeshire Gardening's discussion Lawn treatments.. OK Mixing selective herbicide (thrust) with Fertiliser / Iron sulphate etc??
"Always guaranteed safer applying separately but may depend on the type of iron sulphate - held in solution, fully chelated etc...as Andrew says , the phenoxy hormone weedkillers (2-4D, MCPA, etc) are more prone to react and clag with iron (especiall…"
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Andrew Watts replied to Pembrokeshire Gardening's discussion Lawn treatments.. OK Mixing selective herbicide (thrust) with Fertiliser / Iron sulphate etc??
"Haven't used Thrust so not sure - it looks like the same class as Relay, Prompt, Super Selective etc, and they don't/didn't mix well with Iron. Try a small sample in a jug and see what happens.
Crossbar/Holster , Greenor/Interfix and Mogul/Praxxs al…"
yesterday
Sean Clarke replied to John Barratt MCIHort's discussion Hard and Soft Landscaper required Marlow.
"Try Charlie Armstrong - armstrongcharl@hotmail.com
He’s based in Hambleden, worked with him for years before I went my own way ( I don’t do hard landscaping btw ). I’m not sure on his availability, he always seems to be busy.
You can mention Sean se…"
yesterday
dan replied to Darren Walters's discussion Plant ID please
"LOL
im guessing this is the company that did all the planting / landscaping ? 
they sound a nightmare !!!!"
yesterday
Darren Walters replied to Darren Walters's discussion Plant ID please
"Update - 2 weeks later. Dear oh dera oh dear!
Soke to the customer yesterday.  Apparently they are Oranges and this particlar variety are supposed to be ok for the UK.  It came to light that the people who planted them also came and covered them up…"
yesterday
Graham Taylor replied to Ian Parkes's discussion new mower choice
"That does sould like robbery to me...................I'd guess the gearbox has failed.......you can pick up a good secondhand gearbox on Ebay for under £100................. there's a brandnew one going for £224  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Honda-HRD…"
yesterday
Jim Gibbon replied to Ian Parkes's discussion new mower choice
"I traded in a Hayter 48 pro for a Weibang 48 pro non bbc last season, it was a really good move! The Weibang is a great performer in wet and dry with a very good commercial warranty. "
yesterday
Seth Burgess replied to Ian Parkes's discussion new mower choice
"The Stiga is now avaliable as a rear roller with a honda gx160. The Atco/mountfield high end machines are Stiga pro specs costed down (according to my dealer, and seems reasonable looking at a mountfield sp555 vs my Stiga 55).  I will say they all l…"
yesterday
Colin Hunt replied to Ian Parkes's discussion new mower choice
"Our Honda eventually went the same way, although we were never over-happy with the weight and manouverability, so we went back to the Hayter 56pro.  Much easier to use although no blade brake, ofset by a price difference.  We have been trialing an A…"
yesterday
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Pricing a turf job

i know theres no set price on metres square (unfortunately) with loads of variables . But is there a rule of thumb. I have seen a couple of stories on facebook of customers paying £800 ish for tiny new build back gardens. One thing, i have no way of…

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