FMC Turf Wire Top Tweets

Check out the most popular @FMCturf tweets from the past two weeks, including a lawn renovation transformation in six steps and winter safety tips for turf professionals. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for turf care industry news, expert advice and the very latest turf product updates from FMC Professional Solutions. Check out these before and after lawn renovation pictures and read how it was done. #lawncare ow.ly/fCRRM — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 28, 2012 Caribbean crazy ants were confirmed in more than 20 Florida counties: ow.ly/fpO8E — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 19, 2012 New Blog: Winter safety tips for turf pros to follow this time of year. ow.ly/fGmeE — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 29, 2012 Tackle projects for your #lawncare business one step at a time with this helpful advice: Via @lawnlandscapeow.ly/fzV36 — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 26, 2012 Our own @amanwarren explains how Talstar XTRA ft Verge gets fast #fireant control on high school turf: Via @tlcmagazine ow.ly/ftW01 — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 21, 2012 A new benchmarking app from @lawnlandscape gives contractors a powerful planning tool. ow.ly/ftnL9 — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 21, 2012 Read how @ohccturf lessens the severity of fungal winter diseases: ow.ly/ftnAG#turfgrass — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 21, 2012 Discover how Talstar XTRA featuring Verge granular technology helped these high schools control their #fireant problem: ow.ly/fs0vf — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 20, 2012 The landscape contractor business outlook is good for 2013 according to @yg_pro. ow.ly/fpwhC #Lawncare — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 19, 2012 Sign up for #turfgrass news, product information and expert advice for golf course supers and #lawncare pros: ow.ly/ftrky...

Safety tips for lawn care during the winter months.

Slips and falls lead to some of the most common injuries, whether it is on the job or going about daily activities. Now that winter is here, snow and ice can increase risks of slipping and falling. Despite conditions, winter lawn care and other daily activities still go on for turf professionals. However, it’s important to exercise a little more caution than usual. Please be alert and follow these winter safety tips: Always Plan Ahead: Know the latest weather conditions by monitoring weather updates. Make sure both your personal and work vehicles are maintained and updated to withstand potential slipping hazards. Pay close attention to tires and grip surfaces. Cover and store all equipment properly after each job to keep them protected from snow and ice for the next day. How To Drive Safely During Winter Conditions: Make sure to winterize your personal and work vehicles. Decrease your speed and leave plenty of room for abrupt stops. During snowy or icy conditions, you should leave three times more space than usual between you and the vehicle in front of you. Use lower gears to keep traction, especially on hills and winding roads. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels lock, slowly ease off the brakes. Make sure your lights are turned on and snow is cleared from them so that other motorists can see you. Although winter conditions pose certain driving risks, safe driving is something that should be practiced year round. Here are some tips for safe driving on the job year-round. Use Special Care When Entering or Exiting Vehicles: When getting out of your vehicle, look...

Six lawn renovation steps that will transform a yard.

Landrum Landscaping performs many lawn renovations each fall but in 2012 they hit their peak with 50 in just two weeks, says company owner Pete Landrum, who follows specific lawn renovation steps to give customers the best looking lawns in an optimal amount of time. Lucky for Landrum, the weather cooperated beautifully. Early fall in Philadelphia was alternately sunny and rainy, with just one night below 40 degrees. Landrum services homes throughout the Philadelphia area. Regardless of square footage, the turf here is old, as most homes were built between 1890 and 1940. This means compacted subsoil, thin topsoil layers, high clay content and plenty of tree root competition. This year, Landrum’s most noticeable renovation was a hundred-year-old, 1/3 acre plot in Havertown. The turf was 80 percent broadleaf weeds, including clover, wild onion, spurge, plantain, dandelion and ground ivy. Two giant oak trees housed every squirrel and bird in the neighborhood, thwarting the homeowner’s prior attempts at overseeding. To make matters worse, the turf hadn’t been aerated in decades, if ever. To get this corner lot from eyesore to jewel, Landrum’s team followed these lawn renovation steps: Aeration – Landrum aerated the turf three times at a 90-degree angle using core aerators, which leave tiny plugs on the surface as well as holes in the lawn. Soil Rehab – Then, they hit the soil with 100 lbs. of starter fertilizer (50 percent slow release; 12-24-10) and 100 lbs. of Solu-Cal® lime with calcium to correct acidity and increase the cation exchange capacity. “This is especially important in old lawns or lawns with tree roots of acidic trees like...

High school turf fields are free of fire ants thanks to FMC Professional Solutions.

To help them tackle their fire ant problems, five football teams throughout the southern United States were each given 10 bags of the fast acting and long lasting Talstar® XTRA featuring Verge™ granular technology to control their fire ant problems on their high school turf as part of our “Friday Night Lights” Contest. Here are some of their stories: Suwannee High School, Live Oak, FL, Courtesy of Live Oak Pest Control, Inc. Roy Crain of Live Oak Pest Control, Inc in Live Oak, Florida (shown in middle, between technician Ryan Cannon and Live Oak owner Bob McGranahan) entered the contest on behalf of the Suwannee High School Bulldogs. The field had a fire ant problem as a result of Hurricane Debby which left the area with more than 35 inches of rain. After heavy rains, fire ants can ball up and travel into new areas, and can easily create mounds in rain-soaked turf, even manicured turf like sports fields. Suwannee’s football program is a strong one and has produced some NFL players, including New York Giants’ Bruce Johnson and free agent Kelly Jennings. Perhaps one of these players will be the next NFL star. Go Bulldogs! Richard Reynolds High School, Winston-Salem, NC Brad Fisher, athletic director for Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools in Winston-Salem, NC, is congratulated...

FMC Turf Wire Top Tweets

Check out the most popular @FMCturf tweets from the past two weeks, including a fire ant mound treatment video and fall safety tips. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for turf care industry news, expert advice and the very latest turf product updates from FMC Professional Solutions. It’s not every day you see one of these on a golf course. ow.ly/fae7t#TurfInFocus — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 10, 2012 The meaning of #Movember and the history behind it: ow.ly/f8hmK Via @movember — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 8, 2012 After just ten minutes, this #fireant mound is toast! Watch how we did it: ow.ly/f88W9 — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 8, 2012 New Blog: Fall safety tips for turf professionals. ow.ly/ffN5H — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 13, 2012 Have you heard of the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer? This new species is infecting trees in California: ow.ly/f7Gib #TreeCare — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 8, 2012 We know you’re pros at growing awesome #turfgrass, but what about that facial hair? Show us what you got! #Movember twitter.com/FMCturf/status… — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 9, 2012 Find out how being prepared for #turfgrass trouble in 2013 can save you hundreds: ow.ly/f7YYX — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 8, 2012 Check out the latest #turfgrass news, product information and expert advice for golf course supers and #lawncare pros: ow.ly/fhGnL — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 14, 2012 Dr. David Gardner explains the best methods for treating ground ivy.ow.ly/fjXDu — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 15, 2012 FMC Corporation has donated $75,000 to the American @redcross #Sandy disaster relief fund: ow.ly/f3YG7 — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 7,...