With the start of the Grounds Maintenance season just around the corner in the UK, responsible grounds contractors such as GRITIT are investigating and testing alternatives to Glyphosate (Roundup). Although this is very much a developing scenario, there are alternatives in the marketplace that produce weed control results on a large scale.
Now that we're officially more than halfway through winter, many site managers are considering the grounds of their facilities during the warmer months ahead. Spring is a fabulous time of the year, with a new season bringing the long sought for promise of warmer weather, birds nesting and the arrival of daffodils and snowdrops. It also means that the new season of outdoor work for our grounds maintenance teams begins in earnest, and it's worth a healthy reminder of why outsourcing your grounds work to a professional Grounds Maintenance team such as GRITIT's makes for sensible, risk-free grounds maintenance.
During early Spring, there is a lot of catch-up outdoor maintenance work, such as cutting back dead foliage and growth, clearing grounds in preparation for new plants, thinking about cleaning up after the storms and the winter weather and even preparing for the first lawn cuts of the season. These categories of outdoor activity do all carry risks which are worth examining hiring a cheap and cheerful local contractor.
With the British Isles lulled into a false sense of security during a hitherto mild winter, GRITIT preparation behind the scenes is reaping rich rewards for 24/7 safety first businesses that must remain open, regardless of the snow, frost, rain or wind, and with a colder February and March in the offing, you can expect to see more of our crews out and about in freezing conditions at unsociable hours whilst the rest of the nation is very sensibly asleep in a toasty warm bed.
After a couple of months of unseasonably mild weather, Winter has finally made an appearance across the British Isles, with stormy, wet westerlies giving way to chilly northerlies, frosty mornings and picturesque landscapes. Yet, behind the facade of all this Winter beauty, as the nation's commuters discovered this morning, this also means black ice when driving, and slip, fall and trip hazards in ungritted company car parks and footpaths, a hidden risk that your employees can do without and that could put your company in tricky legal waters if it has not fulfilled its duty of care.
Despite apocalyptic warnings of the coldest ever December issued by the Daily Mirror, December turned out to be a mild month in the UK and the new year has started off in much the same fashion. In fact, the Highlands of Scotland, a place associated with some of the coldest temperatures across the UK in wintertime, recorded a new record high of of 18.7C on 28 December at Achfary, warmer than most of Europe!