IGFH News

Welcome to the IGFH blog. Here, you’ll find news of our latest magazine releases, interviews with some of the greenkeeping industry’s most influential names and businesses, thought-provoking discussions on trending topics, reviews of turf equipment, and general grounds and greenkeeping news.

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Howardson Group

Going Green: Heart of Midlothian F.C. Embraces the Dennis ES-34R

In the ever-evolving landscape of sports turf management, combining sustainability and efficiency are becoming paramount for professionals like Colin Davie, Head Groundsman for Heart of Midlothian F.C. In a recent move towards greener practices, Heart of Midlothian F.C. has invested in a Dennis ES-34R rotary mower In a recent move

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Meet The Members

Seattle University’s Field Specialist Applauds SISIS Sweeper

Seattle University’s commitment to maintaining first-class athletic and sporting facilities has received a significant boost with the introduction of the SISIS SSS1000 towed sweeper. Seattle University’s commitment to maintaining first-class athletic and sporting facilities has received a significant boost with the introduction of the SISIS SSS1000 towed sweeper. Peter Larson,

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Kersten UK

Guide to creating an integrated weed management plan – Kersten UK

Sustainability is currently at the forefront for most companies, and rightly so. Without sustainable practices, processes will simply end at the first bottleneck. By definition, sustainability means the ability to maintain or support a process over time. My favorite definition is, “to meet the needs of today without compromising the

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Howardson Group

Bowling Green Maintenance Day – Knypersley Bowling Club

I’ve always been a huge supporter of free educational events, especially when they are open for all. I have had the pleasure to attend quite a few now over the years and I still walk away with new knowledge and contacts. This one was different from the rest, I’ve attended

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Javelin Aer-Aid 1500 | SISIS
Education

Solid Tine Aeration

Solid tine aeration is used to improve soil structure, reduce compaction, release nutrients, allows water to penetrate the surface and enhance overall turf health. Unlike hollow tine aeration, which removes soil cores, solid tine aeration simply punctures the soil with solid metal spikes or tines. This method creates channels that

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Howardson Group

Dennis and SISIS Announce Partnership with Derbyshire Cricket Foundation

Dennis and SISIS, renowned names in turf maintenance, have announced a partnership with the Derbyshire Cricket Foundation.  This collaboration aims to bolster grassroots cricket pitches throughout the county, promising a significant enhancement in the quality and accessibility of cricketing facilities. Roger Moore (left) from Howardson Group with Tom Coxhead from

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sisis, flexibrush,
Education

Turf surface grooming

Turf surface grooming is a maintenance practice to improve the appearance, playability, and health of sports surfaces like golf courses, playing fields, and tennis courts. It involves using specialised equipment to break up debris and worm casts, remove dew, and fix minor surface irregularities. SISIS Flexibrush folded How Often is

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fertiliser, caking, spreader,
Education

Selecting the right fertilizer – Size to hardness

The information in this article was provided by Gilba Solutions  One of the perpetual debates in the turf and amenity industry with selecting a fertilizer is whether granulated homogenous fertilizers give a more accurate application at a prescribed rate than blends of similar analysis. What is involved in manufacturing a

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grass, seed, germination,
Education

Biology of grass seed germination

There are many types of grass seed, but the early stages of seed germination are basically the same. The advantage of planting a lawn is that we can provide some of the necessary ingredients to make grass seed germination easier. We can provide the necessary moisture, proper soil conditions, and

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Education

What are PGR’s? – Plant Growth Regulators

Plant Growth Regulators are synthetic or biological compounds that positively benefit and modify the plants growth and development. They are widely used in many plants to shorten the internodes and create a denser, tighter and smaller plant. Growth regulators can be used on amenity grass to reduce the need to

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Education

Transitioning perennial ryegrass out of couch

Couch (Cynodon spp.) are commonly overseeded with perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) for reasons such as aesthetics, increased wear tolerance and to protect the couch once it enters dormancy. The aim is to maintain this cover during the cool season months and then once it begins to warm up in the

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Education

Cricket Loam

Now the mixtures used and the definition of cricket loam can drastically change depending on which part of the world is using it. In the northern hemisphere, loam is soil composed mostly of sand, silt, and a smaller amount of clay. By weight, its mineral composition is about 40–40–20% concentration

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Education

Influences that temperature and light have on C3 and C4 grasses

The soil temperature required for growth and to keep C3 and C4 grasses are different. A warmer soil contains more energy. More energy available enables chemical processes driving plant growth to work faster and more efficiently. This means grass can make food quicker (through photosynthesis) and therefore grow faster.  There

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weeds, turf, grass,
Education

Discouraging weeds in turfgrass

Weeds will grow in almost any situation where the conditions are favourable. Weeds are opportunistic and will invade where suitable conditions arise. If there are any thin or weak areas of the turfgrass caused by neglect or unsuitable management, this creates a perfect opportunity for weeds to encroach. In order

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Education

What is sand?

Sand is the main component of the majority of top-dressing and construction materials (currently available) that are used for sports and amenity turf-grass surfaces. Sand can be composed of different materials with Quartz (SiO2)being the most well known and common.Sand is used to improve the mechanical conditions of soils, particularly

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Education

Controlling Crane flies

Crane flies are becoming an increasingly worse problem. Milder winters coupled with the withdrawal of chemicals are making Crane fly even harder to battle. Over the last few years the population of the Crane fly has increased dramatically due to wet Autumns and mild winters. A small moderate population is

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Apprenticeships

Masterclass 3 – Reading FC

On May 28th, 2024, we conducted our 3rd masterclass for our Wiltshire College & University Centre sports turf students at Reading Football Club. The day involved a visit to the stadium, where James Stabler, David Newell, and Sam Ampleford introduced the students to the unique challenges of maintaining a top-tier

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Education

What is carrying capacity?

Within the turfgrass industry the term carrying capacity (or sustainable use) can be defined as the maximum level of surface use, or activity on a turf surface before unacceptable levels of deterioration begin to occur. Potential carrying capacity is what could have been achieved given optimum use and management strategies

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Howardson Group

Howardson Group Hosts Successful Dealer Training Event

The Howardson Group recently brought together over 100 delegates from their dealership network across the UK, Europe and the Far East, over a three week period which proved to be an invaluable opportunity for all involved. The Howardson Group recently brought together over 100 delegates from their dealership network. Held

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Education

What are wetting agents?

In short, a wetting agent is a substance that lowers the surface tension of a liquid therefore increasing its penetrating and spreading qualities of previously water repellent surfaces. Wetting agents are from a class of chemical compounds known as surface active agents or ‘surfactants.’ Which you may also see them

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Education

Grass leaves

To the human eye, grass leaves in general look pretty much the same. However, under a microscope is where the differences become apparent, especially between warm and cool season grasses. Leaves of warm season grasses have thick walls around the vascular cells. Leaves of warm season grasses have thick walls

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Education

Sanitising equipment after and before use

We all know of the numerous myths and tricks about at the moment on ‘how to properly sterilise equipment’. Some are pretty solid, while others are outright hazardous to health or inflict damage to the surfaces they are used on. What is sanitising? In short, it means to ‘make clean

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Education

Why is height of cut important?

Now this is one of those topics in greenkeeping that is site-specific due to the large amount of variables, including grass type, weather, region, budget, staff and everything in between. However there are some important rules of thumb to keep in mind, the biggest one being to avoid cutting off

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Education

What is grass?

Despite being the fundamental basis of some sports, parks, and lawns, the meaning of the word ‘grass’ never really gets much thought. Even by qualified turf managers! So what is grass? ‘Grass is a monocotyledon plant, herbaceous plants with narrow leaves growing from the base.’ Vague, right? That’s because grass

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Education

Poa, ways to control and prevent

Poa Annua (Annual meadow grass) is a common grass that is part of the Poaceae family. This family of grass provides staple foods, from domesticated cereal crops such as maize, wheat, rice, barley, and millet, to feed for animals.  For some, Poa is a turf manager’s daily grass; for others

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Education

Why is hollow tining important?

Improving soil aeration and decompaction is a huge part of maintaining any turf surface, but especially sports turf surfaces. This can be achieved using a variety of methods including slit or knife tines, soild or spike tines, or hollow tines. Today’s topic is hollow tining (coring). These tines physically remove

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Education

Why is quality of cut important?

Its no hidden fact that to achieve the highest possible mowing quality, a cylinder mower is the best. Their clean scissor-like cut makes them the perfect choice for sports turf surfaces, high-quality lawns and recreational areas. The basic design hasn’t changed since Edwin Budding developed the first machine in 1830.

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Education

Understanding plant water use – Evapotranspiration

Evapotranspiration is a term used to describe the water consumed by plants over a period of time. Evepotranpiration is the water loss occurring from the process of evaporation and transpiration. Evaporation occurs when water changes to vapor on either soil or plant surfaces. Transpiration refers to the water loss through

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Howardson Group

A Sweeping Success with SISIS at Merchiston Castle School

Stuart Chalmers, Head Groundsman at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh, has recently elevated his maintenance procedures with the addition of the SISIS Litamina 1200. This innovative tractor-mounted sweeper is helping to enhance the upkeep of Scotland’s only all-boys independent boarding school. Stuart Chalmers, Head Groundsman at Merchiston Castle School in

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Howardson Group

Dennis Signals Eco-Conscious Evolution at Murrayfield

With over a decade of experience nurturing the hallowed grounds of the Scottish Gas Murrayfield Stadium campus (SGM), Jim Dawson has recently embraced a significant change: the adoption of electric turf maintenance equipment, specifically the Dennis ES-860 cylinder mower, marking a shift away from traditional petrol-powered machinery. Dennis Signals Eco-Conscious

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Education

Causes of moss invasion – Sports Turf

Mosses are plants comparatively simple in structure and function and, with the Liverworts, comprise the Bryophyta family – one of the least complicated groups of the plant kingdom. Mosses are found in very many situations, for example, on stones, tree trunks and turf. If you have moss on your turf

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Education

Types of moss in Turf

There are three main types of moss in turf. Type 1: Hypnum and Eurhynchium species Fern-like mosses usually trailing amongst the grass stems. Present in many types of turf but characteristic of moist, rather spongy swards where there is a soft surface mat and a quantity of loose litter. Such

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Education

Controlling moss in Sports Turf

The invasion of moss in turf seems to be on the increase. Poor surface drainage has always been considered responsible for the invasion of mosses, yet many sports pitches have been troubled by the incursion of mosses in spite of their intensive care programs of scarification, aeration and soil modification

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Education

Coated vs Uncoated Grass Seed

One decision you may have to make at some point in your career is whether to opt for coated or uncoated grass seed, each offering distinct advantages depending on the specific requirements of the turf area. Coated grass seed is enveloped in a protective layer of materials like polymers, fertilizers,

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Education

A Slightly different overseeding perspective!

The information in this article was provided by Gilba Solutions After the summer the following 3 practices are NOT a good idea if you are overseeding in the autumn. 1.    Aggressive scarification – when this is carried out stolons are removed. These act as subsequent ‘’growing points’ when you

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Fleet Line Markers

Grounds Maintenance Roadshow – 9th April 2024 – Fleet Line Markers

Despite the inclement weather on April 9th, 2024, the Grounds Maintenance Roadshow successfully unfolded at Birmingham City University’s Pavilion, Moor Lane. Over 20 companies graced the event to present their latest products and services. Such gatherings serve as vital platforms for the industry, spotlighting innovations and fostering crucial networking opportunities.

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Education

Beginner’s guide, plant growth regulators

Growth regulators are used in sports turf primarily to regulate and suppress grass growth. That has advantages for time and cost savings, but also some real advantages for maintaining consistent surface playability. You can vary the amount of suppression by increasing the application rate. Essentially, the higher the rate, the

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Mountain View Seeds

Vertical integration key to success at Mountain View Seeds

Born out of a co-op in the heart of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Mountain View Seeds has emerged as a top player in the global grass seed market, providing high-quality turfgrass, forage, and cover crops with a focus on environmental sustainability. Today, the company contracts with more than 200 growers across the Pacific

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Meet The Members

Meet the members, Ben Swidenbank

Ben’s passion for sports turf has seen him take his career into some of the most renowned UK sporting venues, including Wimbledon, Wembley Stadium, Arsenal Football Club, and the Oval Cricket Ground. He currently teaches as an Adult Skills Tutor in Pesticide application and Horticultural machinery at Myerscough College, Liverpool

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Campey's

Capmey’s Pitch Renovation Tour – 2024

Campey’s have a long history of pitch renovation tours, before COVID-19 they would alternate between European sites and the UK each year. While being in the UK they would typically visit grassroots football clubs, with a change scale this year. Attending a mixture of levels from elite football venues to

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Howardson Group

Maldon Bowling Club: An Award-Winning Tale

Mark Piper, the Greenkeeper at Maldon Bowling Club, Essex, has overseen a remarkable transformation in the quality of the club’s green. Thanks to a range of Dennis and SISIS machinery, particularly the SISIS Supaturfman and the Dennis FT510, the once-struggling surface has become a point of pride, earning Mark the

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Meet The Members

Meet the Members: Ben Corby

Ben Corby, Sports Turf Manager at Desert Group, Dubai, UAE. Ben made the move to Dubai after craving a warmer outdoor working environment and has shared his fascinating insight into what it’s like to work in a country where camels invade the pitch, outdoor work isn’t permitted from 12:30-3 pm

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Education

Pioneering Sustainable Management: Kersten UK

Biodiversity and sustainability have been a hot topic in the greenkeeping and grounds management industry for several years now, but it’s never been more relevant than now. There’s a rapidly growing interest in taking a sustainable approach to grounds management, which begs the question: what can be done to implement

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IGFH News

Navigating Transformative Times With Bigga

Adapting to Pay Equity, Social Media, and Industry Shifts Education events such as Continue to Learn provide greenkeepers with the knowledge required to overcome many challenges ‘There are countless ways to promote greenkeeping to the wider public and we’re … helping to create a strong industry not just today but

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IGFH Magazine

5 years in – 8th Magazine edition

8th Edition of the IGFH Gazette. Believe it or not, April 2024 marks 5 years of International Greenkeepers. I’m not sure where the time has gone either, that means this October it will be 5 years since I (Bradley Tennant) left for Australia. Daryl Davidson came to me with this

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IGFH News

High Sheriff Award – Simon Moore

March 28th 2024 Congratulations to Simon Moore who received an award in recognition of his great and valuable services to the community. Awarded by Pradeep Bhardwaj at a great venue, Monkton Combe School. This is a fantastic achievement and recognition for all his hard work within the industry. Simon with his

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#GroundsWeek

My Path to Wimbledon: Conrad Cavill, Groundstaff

Written by Aman Ahmed – Communications team at the All England Club. Conrad Cavill – Wimbledon Groundstaff Inspiring new recruits from all walks of life to join the sector is the critical, but concerning focus for #GroundsWeek 2024.  The main characters of sport’s folklore are almost always its coaches and

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IGFH News

Exploring Adaptive Golf at EDGA D3 with Get Golfing

Bradley Tennant of IGFH recently participated in February’s EDGA (European Disabled Golf Association) D3 coaching session hosted by Get Golfing. The event, held at Mill Green Golf Club, aimed to raise awareness, provide training, and educate attendees on the adaptability of golf for individuals with diverse disabilities. The day kicked

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Howardson Group

Dennis ES-34R’s are perfect for FAW

Head Groundsperson James Mathewson has praised his fleet of Dennis ES-34R battery powered rotary mowers for making a difference at Colliers Park National Football Development Centre.  The centre, situated on the historic site of Gresford Colliery in Wrexham, stands as a testament to the Football Association of Wales’ (FAW) commitment

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Pay and Benefits

Fairways to Fair Pay: Groundstaff Equity in Sports Turf

Bradley Tennant of IGFH discusses the ongoing issue of subpar pay within the sports turf industry.  In the serene landscapes of golf courses, football fields, and cricket grounds, where the beauty of meticulously maintained turf meets the passion of sports enthusiasts, a contentious issue often lingers in the background: the

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Howardson Group

Howardson Group Appoints David Williamson as New Commercial Director

Howardson Group Ltd, home of world-class groundscare for Dennis, SISIS, Syn-Pro, Lloyds and Hunter Grinders, has proudly announced the appointment of David Williamson as its new Commercial Director.  David Williamson has joined Howardson Group, home of Dennis, SISIS, Syn-Pro, Lloyds and Hunter Grinders, as its new Commercial Director. Howardson Group

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Turf Shows

Join us for the Midlands Grounds Maintenance Roadshow

Join us for the Midlands Grounds Maintenance Roadshow A FREE event that brings together industry leaders and showcases new product innovations in the grounds maintenance sector. Tea and coffee will be available on arrival between 9:15am and 9:30am. Free refreshments and a light lunch will also be provided* as well as demonstrations and exhibits from key experts,

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Meet The Members

Meet the Members: David Newell

Featured in this issue of Meet the Members is our interview with David Newell, Deputy Head Groundsman at Reading Football Club, UK. Here, David explains how he worked up to his current job role, his future plans to work with warm-season grasses overseas, and which “old-school bangers” he’d have on

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Education

Our Top Recommended Books on Turf Management

Looking to expand your turf management knowledge? We’ve read dozens of educational turf management books, and these are our current favourites.  Note: Buying a book through one of our links helps to support the free operation and services provided by International Greenkeepers For Hire. Affiliate commission is one of the

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Howardson Group

Osca 3 elevates synthetic maintenance at Colliers Park

James Mathewson, Head Groundsperson at Colliers Park National Football Development Centre in Wrexham, has found a game-changer in the Syn-Pro by SISIS Osca 3 for the upkeep of their synthetic pitch. Osca 3 elevates synthetic maintenance at Colliers Park. James brings a wealth of knowledge from his diverse career path,

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Groundsfest

Explosive Start for GroundsFest 2024

Following its groundbreaking debut, GroundsFest is returning with a bang, promising an even bigger and better experience for the groundscare and landscaping industries. With a wave of new exhibitors, expanded space, and mounting excitement, GroundsFest 2024 is set to exceed expectations, offering extraordinary opportunities for industry professionals. GroundsFest exhibitors continue

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Howardson Group

Dennis gives Colliers Park the cutting edge

Head Groundsperson James Mathewson, in his 18 months at Colliers Park, has ushered in a new era with a forward-thinking approach, exemplifying this through the adoption of cutting-edge sustainable technology, such as the Dennis ES-860 battery-powered cylinder mower. Dennis gives Colliers Park the cutting edge. His choice in equipment is

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IGFH News

2024 Turf Pesticides Manual

To get a free copy of the manual – Click here! 2024 International Greenkeepers for Hire Turf Pesticides Manual A must get sports turf management and lawn weed management guide for all professional turf managers. Covers registered turf pesticides (branded and generic pesticides) in australia.  Its 100% FREE and fully

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Turf Shows

Pitch Renovation Tour UK 2024

Watch the latest turf care machinery in action at Campey’s regional demonstration days There will be practical, hands-on demonstrations of turf care and pitch renovation techniques in real-world scenarios. Live renovations of sports pitches, including full pitch renovations, reseeding, aerating, or repairing damaged areas to improve the overall quality of

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IGFH News

Transformative Pathways

Sydney University’s Outreach at Cobham Youth Justice Centre Inspires Young men Throughout 2023, Daryl Davidson of IGFH visited Cobham Youth Justice Centre on behalf of Sydney University, with the aim of supporting young people in developing their career skills ready for their release. Felicity Zeiher, Communities & Youth Justice Skills

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IGFH News

Two Ball One Stick Challenge at Cammeray Golf

IGFH’s Darly Davidson reflects on Cammeray Golf Club’s fundraising event, held on November 28, 2023. Great day yesterday for the very first Two Ball One Stick Challenge at Cammeray Golf Club. The rain held off just for a great fun day raising awareness for men’s health and raising $1000 that

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Kersten UK

Welcome Kersten UK, Our Latest Sponsors

We’re delighted to announce our latest sponsor, Kesten UK, who join the Howardson Group and Mountian View Seeds in promoting our great cause. 2024 will mark the 5 years of IGFH, and what a way to start the year off! Kersten UK, Exhibiting at Saltex 2023 Chris, Sean, and the

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Apprenticeships

Exciting Week at Wiltshire College & University Centre

🌱 Exciting Week at Wiltshire College & University Centre 🌿 This week, we had the privilege of conducting our first Masterclass for Level 2 Sports Turf Operative (Lantra) students at The Caversham – Home of Reading Golf Club. The day unfolded into a fantastic blend of education and hands-on experiences,

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Groundsfest

First GroundsFest Prize Winner Announced

Nathan Lewis (R) receives the Pellenc prize from GroundsFest Event Director Christopher Bassett (L). Nathan Lewis from Lewis Garden Machinery is the proud winner of a range of battery-powered Pellenc equipment – a GroundsFest registration prize that added an extra layer of excitement to the spectacular event.  The inaugural GroundsFest

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Meet The Members

Meet the members, Lewis Wells

When International Greenkeepers For Hire was still only a seed of an idea, one of our biggest aims was to facilitate partnerships between working professionals and global workplaces in the greenkeeping and grounds industries. And now, having achieved this for so many people, we continue to be inspired and excited

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Meet The Members

Meet the members, Ikumi Murai

Our chat with Ikumi Murai, who traveled to the UK to work as a groundsperson at Arsenal Football Club. Here’s what he has to say on the momnent he received his job offer, cultural adjustments when moving overseas, and his tips for others looking to follow in his footsteps. Ikumi

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Resources

Generic Machinery Pre-start Check Guide

Machinery pre-starts are a critical part of maintenance and work safety. A good pre-start process for machinery can surface any underlying machinery and maintenance issues, and ensure that no silly or avoidable mistakes are made during normal truck operations. It is important to carry out a series of checks before

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Pay and Benefits

How to Ask for a Pay Rise in Turf Management: The Complete Guide

We all know about the current ongoing crisis within our industry regarding pay. With all industries, we expect some various levels of pay. Nobody is expecting a premier league grounds manager to be earning the same as a local sports maintenance manager. However, year on year, recommended pay scales are

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Resources

Importance of attending trade shows – Turf management

There are many trade shows for our industry all around the world, from the UK, USA, Australia, Asia, Europe to Africa. You won’t be too far from one. Some of the more globally known are GCSAA, BTME, SALTEX and SFMA CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION. I’ve attended many trade shows all around

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Meet The Members

Katy Castle – Inspiring other women to join the industry

Katy Castle – 1 of 3 females to complete a Level 2 in Golf Greenkeeping in the UK. Would you like to start by telling us a bit about yourself, your current role, previous roles and general interests?At the time of writing, I’m 21 years old and a female assistant

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Education

The characteristics of C3 and C4 grasses

The perennial grasses can be classified as either C3 or C4 plants. Also known as cool season and warm season grasses. As a generalisation, C3 plants are more temperate, preferring cooler, moister conditions – winter active. C4 plants grow better in warmer, dryer conditions. The terms C3 and C4 refer

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IGFH News

Wimbledon – with Neil Stubley

During Saltex 2022. Daryl headed over to the UK for a week and we did a round of tours at some fantastic venues, while there we talked all things staffing and the issues within the industry. Our final day saw us head to The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon,

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IGFH News

Defining the ‘standard’ and pay within the Turf industry.

First of all, what do we mean by ‘standard’, a level of quality or attainment in short. But within horticulture and particularly in sports turf this standard can vary dramatically. The local Sunday league team aren’t expecting to play on Wembley standard pitches, whereas the elite athletes will be. It’s

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Meet The Members

Meet the members, Stephen Valente

My name is Stephen Valente. At the time of writing, I am currently 27 years old and I am the current Deputy Course Manager of Nesklúbburinn in Reykjavik, Iceland. I am from Pennsylvania in the United States and graduated with a degree in Turfgrass Science from Pennsylvania State University in

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IGFH News

Introducing: TurfMarket.co.uk

Your one-stop shop for job listings, machinery, training, events, & more in the UK turf industry. After several months of planning, developing, and testing, we’ve officially launched our latest resource for members of the turf industry: Turf Market. Turf Market is your all-in-one solution for buying and selling equipment, sharing and responding

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Howardson Group

Reliable Dennis G860’s are Excellent for Hartpury

Matthew Newman, Grounds and Sports Turf Manager at Hartpury University and Hartpury College in Gloucester, claims that his fleet of Dennis G860 mowers are reliable, robust, and ergonomically excellent. Matthew was once a student at Hartpury University and College completing a National Diploma in Horticulture before being offered a position on

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IGFH News

IGFH updated website launch 2024

For some time now we’ve been wanting to update our website, which means switching over from a website ‘building’ client to a more custom system. After months of planning and testing, we launched our new site! During the following weeks or so there may be outages on our site, where

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Howardson Group

Seeding is simple with the Dennis S500

The Dennis S500 Plus seeder is helping to get the lawns into shape at Cheltenham Ladies’ College according to Ross Spry, Head of Grounds and Gardens. The Dennis S500 Plus seeder After initially starting his career in greenkeeping, Ross Spry has been working for various colleges in the UK for

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Education

The involvement of carbon dioxide in photosynthesis

Carbon is a raw material for photosynthesis, in the form of carbon dioxide. Green plants use it to make vital organic compounds. On the land, plants get the carbon they need as a gas from the air. In water, plants ranging from seaweeds to phytoplankton are supplied by dissolved carbon

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Education

The involvement of chlorophyll in the process of photosynthesis

Chlorophyll is a green pigment which is most closely associated with energy absorption in plants. A pigment is a molecule that has a particular color and can absorb light at different wavelengths, depending on the color. There are many different types of pigments in nature, but chlorophyll is unique in

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Meet The Members

Meet the members, Jaxon Thorne

Hi my name is Jaxon Thorne and I am currently situated at the Secret Harbour Golf Links in Western Australia having only just completed my studies in Turf Management. I’m 21 years old at the time of writing and love the game of golf. What attracted you to greenkeeping?I’ve played

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Meet The Members

Meet the members, Jay Knowles

Hey all I’m jay knowles 25 at the time of writing from Edinburgh massive fan of football and a bit of a petrol head. What attracted you to greenkeeping?I actually wasn’t attracted at all. It wasn’t really something I knew of or thought of. I was put on a work

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Meet The Members

Meet the members, Liam Small

My names Liam Small I’m a senior greenkeeper at the national golf club in Melbourne, I’ve been in the trade for 15+ years and worked at a number of courses and just love everything about the trade What attracted you to greenkeeping?I’m an outdoors person just love being outdoors and

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Meet The Members

Meet the members, Brian Sandalls

Hi l am Brian Sandalls l live in Sussex on the South coast of England and l work for Sussex Cricket as Senior Groundsman, at Sussex’s academy ground. I have worked for Sussex now for 18 years, on various sites. I have previous experience in golf, football, and a racecourse

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Meet the members, James Swanson

My name is James Swanson, I am 47 years old at the time of writing with a gorgeous wife and 2 amazing kids, daughter Caley-mae nearly 19 and at Uni and son Kiedis 15 and still at school none of which are interested in greenkeeping Right – James Swanson What

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Education

The light spectrum range which influences photosynthesis

This article was written by Jerry Spencer – Gilba Solutions PTY LTD Not all of the sun’s radiance is light, the term ‘light’ refers to the radiance we can see. As humans we can only see a limited amount of the sun’s radiance, which isn’t a lot at all. However

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Meet the members, Siboniso Patrick Zwane

My name is Siboniso Patrick Zwane. I’m from the Kingdom of Swaziland in Africa. I’m very new in the profession with just 3 years of experience. I have a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture degree and a New Zealand Certificate of Horticulture (Sports Turf – Level 3). I’m a four-year

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Meet the members, Jake Badges Moore

Would you like to start by telling us a bit about yourself?My name is Jake Moore from North West of England im 21 and i am the apprentice greenkeeper at my local course. I have been there now about a year and I love it. I would recommend it to

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Meet the members, Cathal Browne

Hello all. A little bit about me. My Name is Cathal Browne, I’m 22 at the time of writing from Cork in Ireland and I am an Irish Greenkeeper. I have been in the industry for roughly 3 years.  Leading up to my Leaving certificate in Ireland in 2017, I was

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Education

Where does photosynthesis take place?

You can learn more about what photosynthesis actually is in #20 of our educational cards, but for a quick rundown. In short photosynthesis, the process by which plants and certain other organisms transform light energy into chemical energy. During photosynthesis in plants, light energy is captured and used to convert

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Photosynthesis 101

Photosynthesis takes a portion of the energy the plant requires in light, converts it to chemical energy, and stores it in carbon bonds. You are probably familiar with the general principle represented in the following chemical equation:6CO2 + 6H2O + Light + C6H12O6 + 6O2 Which shows that carbon dioxide

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Daryl Davidson, my story

Falling into a career as a Kid If any of you know me personally I’m very honest, probably too honest. But for everyone else out there that wonders why I bother trying to help our industry here is my story. I started off as a 16 year old kid on a Group 1

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Our man, Daryl Davidson

Daryl Davidson and Wife Nicole Head Groundsman at Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness Please provide a little background about yourself and how long you’ve been at Sydney University?I’ve been in the industry for over 20 years since the age of 16.I started my career on a Group 1 Golf Course in

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Your podcast host Bradley Tennant

Now some of the keener listeners might have noticed that this episode isn’t following the usual end of month release. This is because we’ve introduced mini episodes to our usual formatting (and the blog post you are reading) I’ve done this because while I was listening back over the past

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COVID-19 Guidance

What should you do in a health emergency? It has been estimated that 25% of small businesses don’t reopen after a serious emergency and we don’t want sports tuf to be on that list. Plan ahead and put procedures into operation and you give your organisation every chance of securing the facility

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Our aim by Daryl Davidson – Founding member

I have been a greenkeeper for over 20 years on golf and Sports Fields. I started my apprenticeship in 1999 at Ashlar Golf Club in Blacktown NSW, and now I am currently the Head Groundsman at Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness. Over those years I had seen a lot of great greenkeepers

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Episode #1 podcast notes

Hello and welcome to the first episode of International Greenkeepers for hire podcast. This podcast is created for greenkeepers by greenkeepers. Thanks for joining us on our new podcast adventure. I’ll start off by introducing myself then I’ll tell you all what this podcast is about. My name is Bradley Tennant,

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