The Groundsman

February 2016

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CONTENTS 3 the Groundsman February 2016 Editorial address: 28 Stratford Offi ce Village Walker Avenue Wolverton Mill East Milton Keynes, MK12 5TW Tel: 01908 312511 MANAGING EDITOR Karen Maxwell Tel: 01908 552987 FEATURES EDITOR Colin Hoskins Tel: 01634 832 221 PRODUCT EDITOR Paul Groves Tel: 01952 234 000 IOG MEMBERSHIP AND GENERAL ENQUIRIES Tel: 01908 312511 MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS Sue Fernandes Tel: 01908 312511 SUBSCRIPTIONS £72.00 UK £82.00 Europe £112 Rest of World DESIGN TSP Media Kat Jones ADVERTISEMENT SALES TSP Media Paul Hawkins Tel: 01952 234 000 The Groundsman is published monthly by the Institute of Groundsmanship. All material is copyright of the Institute of Groundsmanship and may not be reproduced without permission. The publishers do not accept responsibility for any advertisement appearing in the Journal and cannot be held liable for editorial omissions or errors. The views expressed in the Journal are not necessarily those of the Institute of Groundsmanship. Grounds & Natural Turf Improvement Programme Supporting fl ood-hit clubs Best Practice Colchester's Dave Blacknall works his magic for FA Cup tie Grow with the IOG Online and practical course modules offer ideal learning mix IOG Best Practice Three cheers for Hertford Town FC's award-winning volunteers IOG Best Practice Online apprenticeships "a great way to progress," says award- winning Michael Crew Features Contents Award Sponsor DLF's new generation turf seed Award Sponsor Toro helps the industry to develop and grow Technical Update Weed, pest and disease control BTME Review A look at some of the products shown at last month's exhibition Product Showcase Aeration News Other sections In Action Maintenance Calendar Weather Update IOG News Branch News Industry News SALTEX News 6 8 10 16 17 18 20 22 24 27 29 31 34 38 42 46 47 FOLLOW US Facebook: search for Institute of Groundsmanship LinkedIn Twitter: @the_iog Recruitment Classifi eds 48 49-51 24 COVER FOCUS the Groundsman FEBRUARY 2016 Published by The Institute of Groundsmanship February 2016 £4.00 embrace FA Cup challenge COVER FOCUS Colchester United ONLINE APPRENTICESHIPS "a great way to progress" Three cheers for the volunteers at Hertford Town FC 17 Supporting fl ood-hit clubs 22 Three cheers for Hertford's volunteers Online apprenticeship worked well for Michael Crew Colchester United's long established head groundsman Dave Blacknall talks about pitch preparations for the club's historic cup tie at the Essex club's Weston Homes Community Stadium See article on pages 18-19

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