Hawaii turfgrass professionals have three great weed control options.

More than ever, Hawaii turfgrass professionals need quick but long-lasting sedge and broadleaf weed control, especially for warm-season turf. Three great solutions from FMC Professional Solutions are labeled in the Aloha State. Choose from: Dismiss® Herbicide Dismiss herbicide controls yellow nutsedge and green kyllinga in as little as 24 to 48 hours in warm and cool-season turf. It attacks sedges at the surface for quick visible control, while also controlling tubers. This dual action helps prevent future sedge outbreaks and the need for retreats. Dismiss® South Herbicide For turf professionals also fighting purple nutsedge, Dismiss South herbicide achieves fast, visible results against purple nutsedge, yellow nutsedge and green kyllinga in warm-season turf. When tank mixed with Revolver® herbicide from Bayer Environmental Science, both Dismiss and Dismiss South achieve excellent control of goosegrass. Blindside® Herbicide Blindside herbicide is a new, fast-acting herbicide for challenging postemergence weeds like doveweed, dollarweed, buttonweed and sedges in warm-season turf, even St. Augustinegrass. It works through both foliar and root uptake to deliver quick control of more than 70 broadleaf weeds and sedges. All are available through Crop Production Services (CPS), Hawaii Grower Products and Pacific Agriculture...

Expect fun, prizes, free souvenirs and more at the 2013 Golf Industry Show!

The 2013 Golf Industry Show is just a week away and we have some pretty exciting things up our sleeves at FMC Booth 1338! ZOMBIE WEEDS You thought they were dead, but they’ll be back! Unless you know how to prepare yourself for “ZOMBIE WEEDS”, that is. Tough weeds like nutsedge, wild violet, green kyllinga and ground ivy reinvade your turf every year. Visit the FMC booth to learn about some secret weapons that can help you reduce the number of ZOMBIE WEEDS you face next year. So GIS attendees beware: zombies will be roaming the FMC booth. But if you’re brave enough to pose with the undead, you’ll get an awesome free photo souvenir! Dismiss is #1 for Sedge Control As a thank you for making Dismiss® herbicide the number one product for sedge control, we’re handing out free foam fingers at select times during the show. But there’s more! Email us or tweet us a picture of yourself wearing the foam finger by February 10, and you could win a free bottle of Dismiss. Winners will be selected at random. Test Your Weed IQ Think you know weeds? Prove it! Stop by our booth and take a short quiz to receive a free, large Weed ID Poster mailed to you following the show. We’ll have all of this plus lots of information to help you with all of your turf management needs, so be sure to stop by FMC Booth 1338! We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 Golf Industry...

FMC Turf Wire Top Tweets

Check out the most popular @FMCturf tweets from the past two weeks, including tank mixing benefits and risks, and the 2013 Golf Industry Show app. 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. You never know what you’ll find in a bunker. See what @darrenjdavisgcs discovered in this edition of #TurfInFocus: ow.ly/gWoEa — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) January 20, 2013 #Turf professionals are a lot like superheroes. ow.ly/gHHVx — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) January 11, 2013 An @iowastateu student gets the opportunity of a lifetime: preparing #turf and practice fields for the Super Bowl. ow.ly/gJqLy — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) January 11, 2013 New blog: Know the benefits and risks of tank mixing before you make an application. ow.ly/h1Sya — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) January 22, 2013 Noticing brown spots on your #turf? These tiny pests could be causing big damage: ow.ly/gSqJi — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) January 17, 2013 Five signs of a chinch bug infestation: ow.ly/gO8WV Via @adamspest — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) January 14, 2013 For those of you attending #GIS13, have you checked out the app yet? ow.ly/h22HN — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) January 22, 2013 .@johnkaminski lends insight on the @psuturf turfgrass management majors at Penn State: ow.ly/h2uhP — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) January 22, 2013 Video: @gcsaatv features a great piece on the @wivesofturf and how this wonderful organization got started. ow.ly/gNqoz — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) January 14, 2013 Thanks to a redesign, @lawnsite is starting the year off with a new look and enhanced functionality. ow.ly/gKfvC #lawncare — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) January 12,...

Master Pythium control in turf with these ten tips.

Pythium is a common and difficult disease to control across the board for turf and lawncare professionals. The soil borne pathogen poses a threat to both cool-season and warm-season turf and thrives in hot, humid weather. The disease can move quickly and aggressively, severely damaging large areas of turf in days or just hours if the conditions are right. Furthermore, the efforts to combat this disease once it hits are extremely costly. When Pythium is present, it’s crucial to take action as soon as possible, or the effects can be devastating to your turf. Prevention and control are very important things to consider when it comes to this aggressive disease. Read and follow these ten tips to help your turf stay disease free and recover quickly if Pythium happens to strike. Tips for Pythium prevention and control in turf: Provide adequate soil drainage to your turf and fill depressions where water stands. Be aware of how many gallons per acre your spray rig puts out. This can prevent over watering. Spike greens regularly to reduce thatch accumulation. Avoid saturating the soil of newly seeded areas. Establish a good turf nutrition program through the winter months to enhance root initiation and growth as well as aid the turf in disease resistance. Pythium can spread easily by animals, equipment and foot traffic. Delay mowing and limit traffic in problem areas until the surface is dry. Be vigilant for signs of disease during particular weather patterns and seasons; when evening temperatures average 65° F or higher, when dew begins to form in the early evening and remains until morning, and when late...

Know the benefits and risks of tank mixing before you make an application.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to turf management. Sometimes a product does the job on its own, and in other cases, a tank mix is preferred. Tank mixing is a common practice turf professionals use that can provide many benefits to their turf management program and business. However, tank mixing can also lead to a variety of mishaps if not done correctly. Being aware of the benefits and risks while following the proper guidelines is critical to ensuring the success of any tank mix procedure and application. Tank Mixing Benefits: Speed of Control: In some cases, tank mixes can increase the speed of control on certain pests, turf diseases and weeds. QuickSilver® herbicide is a very common product that turf professionals add to common three-way broadleaf herbicides to increase speed of control. Furthermore, use of QuickSilver can lead to the next benefit, enhancement, by enabling lower application rates of the broadleaf tank mix partner. Enhancement: Combined treatments can deliver greater efficacy than if the treatments were applied individually and may also allow for lower application rates to be used. Convenience: Tank mixing can save your business time, labor and money by combining two or more products into a single spray solution and making one application as opposed to multiple applications. Broad Spectrum Control: By combining complementary products, a wider variety of pests, turf diseases or weeds can be treated in a single application. Improvement: Sometimes, a product may deliver good performance with some undesirable side effects, like bleaching. Certain tank mixes for example, QuickSilver + Syngenta’s Tenacity™ herbicide, can be used together to reduce the occurrence...