Nottingham & Lincoln

Experience: 25+ Years Greenkeeping at various golf courses. 15 Years as Head Greenkeeper.

Qualifications: Degree in Sports Turf Science.



Hi, I’m Ian, your local Lawn Master contact in Nottinghamshire. You can call me for a free quotation if you live in, or near any of the following areas: Retford, Nottingham, Newark, Lincoln, Market Rasen, Coningsby, Worksop and any other surrounding areas.

Ian’s Background

I have worked as a greenkeeper for over 25 years, 15 years of which I worked as Head Greenkeeper. The golf courses I have worked at include:

  • Lewes Golf Club in Sussex where I worked as a Greenkeeper Assistant from 1986-1994
  • Mid Sussex Golf Club where I worked as a Greenkeeper Assistant from 1994-1995
  • Peacehaven Golf Club in Sussex where I worked as Head Greenkeeper from 1995-2004
  • Retford Golf Club where I worked as Head Greenkeeper from 2004-2006
  • Carholme Golf Club where I worked as Head Greenkeeper from 2007-2009

Over the course of my career, the change of location of where I have worked has meant that I have experienced a wide range of soil types, including:

  • The exposed and exceptionally dry chalk on the South Downs of Sussex
  • The very heavy clay of the Sussex weald
  • The very sandy and stony soils of Retford
  • The alluvial plains of Lincoln, including the floods of Lincoln in 2007

Ian’s Achievements

I have a degree in Sports Turf Science and managed to achieve the job of Head Greenkeeper for 15 years before leaving to start my Lawn Master franchise.

Working as Head Greenkeeper is a complex job and requires an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of turf management, meaning I learnt a lot in this 15 year period.

What Ian Can Do For You

As I have gained a lot of experience as a greenkeeper on golf courses, I have been able to apply my knowledge to domestic lawns to achieve the same results.

With your free lawn analysis, I will create a treatment programme tailored to meet your lawn’s requirements, as well as fitting in with your budget.

I will explain how each process of the programme works and how we use different products and machines for varying types of turf. For example, a less aggressive scarifier is used for lawns that contain a fescue/bent mix of grass as heavier machines can destroy the turf.

I will also explain why we only perform each type of service at certain times of the year. For example, we never perform scarification in the winter as the turf cannot rejuvenate at this time of year.

One of my specialities in turf care is eradicating lawn diseases and difficult weeds, as lawns in Nottinghamshire are prone to these. Some of these include:

  • Red Thread - This is the most common turf grass disease likely to be found in domestic lawns
  • Chafer Grubs - These are larvae of chafer beetles that feed on grass roots, destroying the turf
  • Leatherjackets - These are larvae of the crane fly (daddy-long-legs) usually found on golf courses in Nottinghamshire
  • Slender Speedwell - A particularly troublesome weed in Nottinghamshire which is very difficult to remove once established in turf

If you think that your lawn has many of these problems, and cannot be recovered, our Regener8 system may be suitable for you as it comes at an affordable price.


"Hi Ian, Thanks for the last treatment of the lawn; you timed the visit well as it is now White! My husband said you wanted some feedback.

We are both very pleased with the improvement to the lawn since we have been having Lawn Master. The lawn has drawn very favourable comments from neighbours who take great pride in the appearance of their garden. We are really impressed that you have managed to get rid of the thick carpet of moss without us ever having to have black vegetation or bare soil as we could never have managed that.

You have always notified us in advance if dates for appointments have had to be changed due to the weather or any other circumstances. It’s great that you can get on and carry out all the treatments without us being required to be at home. We think your service is excellent and very good value." - Rosemary Milton

"They are very professional, always carry out a good job, offer advice,very good prices and don’t try to give you something you dont need. Easy online payments as not always in when they do the work, but always leave an invoice stating exactly what has been done and a date for the next visit." - Alan M

"After moving into a bungalow where the lawn had been neglected for many years I contacted Lawn Master for help. Five weeks and two treatments later there is already a marked improvement in its condition." - Judith M

"I thoroughly recommend Lawn Master. He has been treating my lawn for a couple of years now and it is so much improved, even if the original material (my grass) he had to work with wasn’t the best! It now looks lush and green. Always comes when he says he will, very helpful with advice. Five Star." - Valarie B

"Lawn Master offer a very effective, friendly and reliable service. The customer’s best interests are kept at heart and nothing is ever too much trouble. Oh and the lawn looks great too!" - Richard E

"Ian Stephens of Lawn Master has provided an exceptional service in maintaining and improving my lawns. He has in a 12 month period in a very cost effective way created a quality lawn from a moss and weed covered expanse of grass which had resisted all my efforts over the previous three years. I recommend him for anyone who like me needs major work or indeed anyone who simply wants a better lawn." - John L B

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