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.
Together with the GRITIT Grounds Maintenance division, Together housing resident Bob Snashall, 75, held a grand re-hanging” for the commemorative sign for a Royal Tree this week. The tree was planted by Princess Mary in 1930 to commemorate the opening of Thorne Grammar School. The grammar school still has the original exterior, but inside, it has been made into flats. Bob has lived in Thorne for 22 years and volunteers as a resident inspector and sits on the Together Housing resident scrutiny panel. When ivy was threatening to kill the trees in the local area Bob worked with the local Grounds Maintenance team GRITIT to clear the ivy naturally and save the trees. Whilst at work the team uncovered the 90 year old sign. Bob restored the sign and the cage around the Royal Tree.
As the United Kingdom's Environment Agency (EA) calls for a longer-term approach to water conservation following one of the driest summers on record, GRITIT GM considers the potential role of Grounds Maintenance in facilitating change.. Featured in FM Industry magazine
For the public sector organizations responsible for properties that include outdoor spaces, the maintenance and upkeep of pathways, car parks and landscapes is not simply a matter of aesthetics. Perhaps the greatest challenge they face is in managing risk.