the grass expert

Experience

I have had a wide vocational experience backed up with vocational & scientific qualifications and research. I have held positons as:

  • Estate Manager for large properties

  • Head Groundsman managing sports and cricket pitches

  • Golf Course Manager at high quality hotel/golf courses

  • Agronomist for a golf course construction company

  • Tutor at a leading UK agricultural college developing and delivering Apprenticeships, Further and Higher Education qualifications 
  • I started my business in 2007 specialising in reducing/eliminating the need for chemical pesticides through developing microbial and biostimulant treatments.

Consultancy

I have used my vocational experience, knowledge and science qualifications (BSc (Hons) and Master of Research):

  • To advise on golf courses around the world as far apart in distance and climate as: the UK, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Nicaragua

  • The privilege of advising at the highest level of UK Premiership and international football and rugby stadia

  • Advising on pre event preparations and post event renovations of grassed areas on country estates

  • I am currently helping to develop two, very different, turfgrass pest and disease control products. One is a liquid blend of vegetable oil and surfactants, the other being high tech UV-C light

Research

I have been at the forefront of the development and use of Biorational products for grass growth and management. These materials are not just “environmentally friendly”, but only have a positive effect on soil and plant health. I have recently developed a plant extract biostimulant at the Univeristy of Nottingham that enhances photosynthesis in harsh environments such as shade, intense light, heat and cold. It works two-fold: by increasing the natural anti-oxidant performance against free radicals that are produced during environmental stress; and preventing/repairing damage to the delicate photosynthetic appratus. The result is a more durable turfgrass surface that recovers quickly from damage.

​Call me for a chat or use the Contact Form below.

 
Golf green & ball.jpg

golf & sports turf

The heart of my consultancy work lies in using BioRational treatments, i.e. products and methods that have only a positve effect on the land environment. BioRational is not just about reducing/eliminating the reliance upon chemical treatments, nor about using "less harmful" products. BioRational means using products and treatments that enhance plant and soil health by ensuring maximum interaction between the rootzone environment and the turfgrass plant. The soil microbe population must be thriving for optimum nutrient uptake and plant pest resistance, but this is only possible if a healthy plant physiology allows the release of excess sugars and proteins through the roots. My unique analysis of the rootzone conditions and nutrient status of the turfgrass plant results in programmes that are designed to produce hard wearing, healthy and aesthetically pleasing surfaces that meet the high expectations of modern owners, users and turfgrass managers.

 

I can help you to produce turfgrass surfaces that surpass the high expectations of

playing performance and presentation by:

  • analysing the health of your rootzone and turfgrass plant 

  • optimising turfgrass health by providing solutions to environmental stress

  • dealing with pests and diseases using non-pesticide solutions

  • training & teaching your staff​ in soil and turfgrass plant sciences

​Call me for a chat or use the Contact Form below.

 
1EBFBB90-B3DA-41BE-8163-0C4FD419D5CB_1_2
F983B153-EE42-47E5-A238-4BF5F52BDDCE.jpe
 

country estates & domestic lawns

Estates open to the public require high standards of presentation of grassed/lawn areas that show off the property to its full potential. Large country estates need to finance themselves through public visitors and/or country fairs and other events, often leading to large areas of damaged grass. I advise on prevention of damage and on best methods of restoration. Ornamental areas deserve the best treatments and my expertise will ‘show off’ your lawns to present your buildings and grounds in the best light.

Many people in the UK derive great pleasure from creating and maintaining lawns but do not have the knowledge or experience, leading to unecessary treatments of fertilisers and chemicals. I get many calls of "why cannot I have a great lawn?" from frustrated lawn owners up and down the country. But, help is at hand as I supply advice and biorational treatments that ensure your lawn is one of pride and pleasure without resorting to a 'chemical desert'

country estates & Household lawns

Country Estates

Estates open to the public require high standards of presentation of grassed/lawn areas that show off the property to its full potential. Large country estates need to finance themselves through public visitors and/or country fairs and other events, often leading to large areas of damaged grass. I advise on prevention of damage and on best methods of restoration. Ornamental areas deserve the best treatments and my expertise will ‘show off’ your lawns to present your buildings and grounds in the best light.

Household Lawns

Many people in the UK derive great pleasure from creating and maintaining lawns but do not have the knowledge or experience, leading to unecessary treatments of fertilisers and chemicals. I get many calls from frustrated lawn owners up and down the country along the lines of "I spend a fortune on products but I can't make the lawn I want to see" . But, help is at hand as I supply advice and biorational treatments that ensure your lawn is one of pride and pleasure without resorting to a 'chemical desert'

I can help you produce fantastic looking and healthy lawns:

  • Using my specialist advice and enthusiasm

  • Safeguarding your familly and visitors by using Biorational treatments

  • Advise and manage after-event repairs and renovation projects 

 
Contact
  • White Twitter Icon
  • White Instagram Icon

© Copyright The Grass Expert 2020