What is your biggest grounds care concern?

Horticulture Week polled delegates at the Scotts seminar in Wimbledon.

"We are noticing more worms, especially when it rains. We sometimes have to swish the casts as many as three times a day.

"Before, when you sprayed with carbendezine, they would disappear for a couple of months. But with the stuff we are using now, they are back in a week.

"If you find anything else that works, let us know."

- Dave Worfold, deputy head greenkeeper, New Zealand Golf Club, Surrey

"The demands to put together a quality squad means other budgets are under pressure, but you have to play the hand you're dealt.

"I have 50 per cent of the squad I had four years ago to look after 12 pitches.

"Getting back into the Premiership is a prospect, but the standards have gone up significantly since we were last in the top flight."

- Alan Ferguson, head groundsman, Ipswich Town FC

"We will be an Olympic venue, though its not yet clear whether that will be women's football or men's.

"But the big challenge will be the Commonwealth Games two years later, when Hampden will host the track and field events, which means infilling the pitch.

"After that we will get a whole new pitch from the drainage up. We have done returfs in the past, but nothing on that scale - you're talking £0.75m."

- Stephen Bache, head groundsman, Hampden Park, Glasgow

"Carbendezine is really the only chemical worm control, but that could be removed immediately, though I would like to see an exemption for fine turf.

"Worm casts have an effect on the ball bounce in several of the sports we offer - golf, cricket and even field hockey.

"You do what you can with cultural methods and integrated pest management, which we try to follow anyway."

- David Roberts, grounds manager, Charterhouse School.


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