Free Guide to Australian turf pesticides

Our friends at International Greenkeepers for Hire have produced a free guide to turf chemicals. This includes a guide to turfgrass pest management and a turf herbicide guide. This covers all generic and branded turf chemicals in Australia. It is a free download below so simply scroll down and click on the image below. It has been written so turf managers, lawn owners, contractors, and councils have an easy-to-use reference that can be downloaded or viewed online.

We also have free turf-specific fungicide resistance and herbicide resistance tables that can be used with this book. The Guide to Factors that affect herbicide performance is also recommended with this publication. Also, our blog on DIY pest control should be helpful for those who are interested in organic control options.

Besides being free we feel it is equally important that it’s in a digital format. Consequently, it is easy to regularly update as new products come onto the market. Hence new products such as the granular pre-emergent herbicides Echelon and Echelon Duo from Indigo Specialty are already there. This blog on getting the best from pre-emergent herbicides will help you out with using these properly. Putting this Guide to turf chemicals together wouldn’t be possible without sponsors Gilba Solutions and Indigo Specialty.

Labels, SDS sheets, and further technical information are available in the turf chemical section. For more information on multisite fungicide combinations, visit our turf blog and this article on the pros and cons of using fungicides preventatively or curatively might be of interest. We also recently started producing more detailed turf product information sheets such as this one on Lexicon Intrinsic.

The details

This Guide to turf pesticides comprises 109 pages and is fully indexed. You can simply search or scroll down to find what you are looking whether it’s a specific chemical or a specific weed. Consequently, it can be searched by topic, product, or specific problem.

We have split this turfgrass pest management guide into easy to use sections like a turf herbicide guide and sections on modes of action.

In the future, we are already making plans to update this with a spray adjuvant section and expand the weed ID to possibly include weed seedling ID. New additions include:

The Guide contains

1.2 Reducing the Likelihood of Resistance Occurring;

1.3 Key Factors that reduce the development of resistance.

2.0 Pests and diseases of turf

2.1 Weeds of turf

2.22 Common indicator weeds.

2.23 Common Turf broadleaved weeds.

3.0 Australian Registered pre-emergent herbicides for turf, commercial, industrial areas, and flower beds/pots.

4.0 Turf Herbicides.

5.0 Industrial Herbicides.

7.0 Fungicides.

7.1 Fungicide mode of action – contact

7.2 Fungicide mode of action – systemic

7.3 Common Turf Fungal Diseases.

8.0 Registered Turf Fungicides

9.0 Registered Turf Insecticides

10.0 Plant growth regulators in turf

11.0 Pigments and dyes in turf

International Greenkeepers for Hire turf chemical guide
Jerry Spencer senior turf agronomist and soil scientist
Senior Turf Agronomist at Gilba Solutions Pty Ltd | 0499975819 | Website

Graduated from Newcastle University with an Hons Degree in Soil Science in 1988, Jerry then worked for the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) as a turf agronomist before emigrating to Australia in 1993.

He followed this by gaining a Grad Dip in Business Management from UTS. He has worked in a number of management roles for companies as diverse as Samsung Australia, Arthur Yates and Paton Fertilizers.

He has always had a strong affinity with the Australian sports turf industry and as a result he established Gilba Solutions as an independent sports turf consultancy in 1993. Jerry has written over 100 articles and two books on a wide range of topics such as Turf Pesticides and Nutrition which have been published in Australia and overseas.