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Disease and scarab ID. 13

Disease and scarab ID. 13

Disease and scarab ID.  These are pretty useful for turf disease and scarab ID in the field. Indigo Specialty have very kindly donated this handy disease ID chart which has some nice clear images plus control options. The key to managing disease and scarab larvae is...

Bio-stimulant use in turf. 12

Bio-stimulant use in turf. 12

Increasingly bio-stimulant use in turf is becoming common as turf managers become aware of the impact of many synthetic fertilizers and pesticides on the environment. However, there is a constant stream of new turf health products coming onto the market all making...

Use of pre-emergent herbicides. 11

Use of pre-emergent herbicides. 11

The key to the successful use of pre-emergent herbicides is understanding their specific properties and how they behave in the soil. Failing to know how these work can lead to problems as shown in the image above. Here ryegrass has germinated whilst diflufenican is...

Weed ID Chart. 10

Weed ID Chart. 10

Weed ID Chart   This is an easy-to-use weed ID chart that shows conditions favouring them and what herbicide products can be used for their successful control. More product information is available in our turf protection section. Herbicides are classified in...

Managing winter grass in turf. 9

Managing winter grass in turf. 9

Before we discuss what is required to achieve success in managing winter grass in turf we must first define what a weed is. A weed isn't a weed unless it's where you don't want it. Winter grass is also known as Poa annua is regarded as a weed. There are however many...

Echelon Duo. 8

Echelon Duo. 8

Echelon® Duo: fertilizer + pre-emergent herbicide + insecticide.  Echelon Duo is an Australian first in weed and insect control manufactured by Indigo Specialty. It is a combination of an NPK fertilizer coated with oxadiazon and thiamethoxam so with one application...

Turf pigment and paint 7

Turf pigment and paint 7

Turf managers commonly use turf pigment and colorants for improving the appearance of sports turf areas. These are cheaper than oversowing, without the issues of removing an overseeded grass from warm-season turf. The use of pigments also occurs in fungicides for...

Turf fungicides: prevention or cure? 6

Turf fungicides: prevention or cure? 6

The case against using turf fungicides preventatively.   Case 1: I am a heavy smoker, I smoke 20 cigarettes a day and weigh over 120kg with a BMI of 38. I don’t do any exercise. My favourite food is burgers and fries. As I am in the high-risk bracket for...

Using Light. 5

Using Light. 5

In April of 2021, Comm Bank Stadium announced the arrival of the first set of LED turf grow lights in Australia. Using LED grass grow lights for stadiums enables turf managers to have a climate-controlled environment coupled with a carbon dioxide canopy to further...

Slow release fertilizers 4

Slow release fertilizers 4

Firstly, not all slow-release fertilizers are the same and each has its advantages and disadvantages. For example the picture above is of a low-quality prill (granule) of a sulphur coated urea (PCSCU) that is supposed to last up to 8 weeks. It has released everything...