Latest News & Blog - Perfect Ground Solutions
Please read this Policy carefully as it contains important information on:
- who we are,
- how and why we collect, store, use and share personal data,
- your rights in relation to your personal data,
- how to contact us and supervisory authorities if you need to report a concern about the way in which we process your data.
Perfect Ground Solutions Ltd is a limited company:Registered Office: Wyndmere House, Ashwell Road, Steeple Morden, SG8 0NZ Registered In England No. 06308199
Perfect Ground Solutions Ltd owns and operates www.perfectgroundsolutions.co.uk(website).
What personal data do we collect?
We may collect some personal data, if you:
- complete a form on our Website;
- correspond with us by phone, e-mail, or in writing;
- sign up to receive our communications;
We may collect your name, e-mail address, postal address, telephone number(s) and property access information for a few customers only.
How do we use your personal data?
When we ask you to supply us with personal data we do so to allow us to:
- to communicate with you so we can provide you with the products/services you have requested and to enable us to contact you regarding the payment for those products/services.
- send you newsletters, feedback from our visits, and sometimes also products and services offered by us, which may be of interest to you;
- communicating with you in relation to any issues, complaints, or disputes;
NOTE: you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data on the basis of legitimate interests as set out below.
Where required by law: we may also process your personal data if required by law, including responding to requests by government or law enforcement authorities, or for the prevention of crime or fraud.
Who do we share your personal data with?
We take all reasonable steps to ensure that our staff protect your personal data and are aware of their information security obligations. We limit access to your personal data to those who have a genuine business need to know it.
We may also share your personal data with trusted third parties including:
- the regulatory authorities may need access to legally-required records of any applications of plant protection products to your property;
- our financial processing system which holds invoicing and payment records;
- service providers contracted to us to support our IT services and customer relationship management;
- analytics and search engine providers that assist us in the improvement and optimisation of our Website.
We will regularly review the privacy and security policies of these recipients which include obligations in relation to the confidentiality, security, and lawful processing of any personal data shared with them.
How long will we keep your personal data?
In order to comply with GDPR, your details will only be kept for the shortest time required. This will vary according to the type of data being held. Under the GDPR, you have various rights with respect to our use of your personal data:
- Right to Access
You have the right to request a copy of the personal data that we hold about you by contacting us by email or letter. Please include with your request information that will enable us to verify your identity
- Right to rectification
We aim to keep your personal data accurate and complete. We encourage you to contact us using to let us know if any of your personal data is not accurate and any changes that occur so that we can keep your personal data up-to-date.
- Right to erasure
You have the right to request the deletion of your personal data where, for example, the personal data are no longer necessary for the purposes for which they were collected. This would include the right to no longer receive any information from Perfect Ground Solutions Ltd in relation to the services we supply.
or write to:
Perfect Ground Solutions Ltd, 4 St. George’s Cottages, Wareside, Herts, SG12 7RU
During last summer after a very dry spring, many lawns were blighted by dry patches where the grass plants appeared to have died out. We looked at many areas where overseeding had been tried but to no effect.
The main reason for these patches was a phenomenon known as “dry patch”. Dry patches are partly caused by the presence of waxy resins which are caused by naturally occurring soil fungi (basidiomytes). These resins bind the soil particles together causing the soil to repel water and become hydrophobic meaning that water cannot penetrate. In a more normal year, these resins are naturally flushed through by rain water. However, we have had several warm winters of late which have allowed more fungal activity and the generally dry conditions have led to an increased buildup which seemed to be higher in soils that contain an element of silt particles.
The very dry April followed by a hot spell caused a bit of a perfect storm and dry patches began to appear where the soil became so hard and dry, roots were not able to penetrate or function. When it did rain, the water ran off these areas into the surrounding soil that was unaffected. Once the soil becomes "super dry". It is difficult for it to rehydrate without some help. The picture shows the difference in two patches of soil next to each other late last autumn. The area too the right is still very dry. In many cases, it was easy to see the white mycelium of the fungi.
Remedial action is centred around physically breaking up the soil using very thin (less than 3mm) blades which penetrate the soil to depth. This allows us then to apply soil wetting agents which also contain detergents which will help break up the wax and allow water to penetrate. We also apply fungicides to help reduce the fungal activity.
These soil acting basidiomytes are the same type of fungi that cause fairy rings and again, the conditions last year made these much more apparent, (even during a test match at Lords).
One of the other issues that helps this problem take hold is too much thatch in the grass so we can also scarify gently to reduce this issue.
As we move into the spring, we want to make sure that we look after the soil under your lawn moving forwards and on the soils that were affected in the main last year (parts of St.Albans, Welwyn, WGC, Hitchin and parts of West Essex). We will be suggesting that we aerate the soil as it drys moving into the spring and applying appropriate chemistry.
We get asked to look at lawns that have tussocky patches in them and are no longer meeting the client’s needs.
Perfect Ground Solutions get asked to look at lawns that are just not looking right and are no longer meeting the client’s needs; the lawn is getting old and tired and we're asked to come and fix it.
With Perfect Ground Solutions installing many new lawns and providing ground-works for clients throughout Hertfordshire, we have found that trees may need to be removed or the existing land surface may need to be shaped or levelled, to give the ideal finish.
Perfect Ground Solutions Ltd are very experienced in establishing large lawns to create the ideal outdoor space and backdrop for your home, often working alongside landscapers or garden designers to achieve your desired result.