Turf Professionals: be sure you’re getting the right amount of Vitamin D.

At FMC Professional Solutions, we strive to keep our customers and their families safe and healthy. Members of the professional turf industry spend a great deal of time outdoors exposed to sunlight. Therefore, we encourage turf professionals to shield their skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. However, sunlight also triggers the production of certain vitamins in our bodies that are integral to our health, such as Vitamin D. Known as the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D is produced by the body in response to sunlight. It is also occurs naturally in a few foods, including some fish, fish liver oils and egg yolks, as well as in fortified dairy and grain products. But if you shield yourself completely from the sun, suffer from milk allergies or adhere to a strict vegetarian diet, you may be at risk for Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is essential for strong bones because it helps the body use calcium from your diet. Traditionally, Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with rickets, a disease in which the bone tissue doesn’t properly mineralize, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities. However, research is increasingly revealing the importance of Vitamin D in protecting against a host of health problems. Research suggests that Vitamin D could play a role in the prevention and treatment of a number of different conditions, including type I and type II diabetes, hypertension, glucose intolerance and multiple sclerosis. Vitamin D deficiency can occur for a number of reasons: You don’t consume the recommended levels of the vitamin over time. This is likely if you follow a strict vegetarian diet, because most of...

A four step program to conquer silvery thread moss.

For years, silvery thread moss covered the greens on the Ames Golf and Country Club Course in Iowa and no one really knew why. It wasn’t just on the low spots where you’d normally expect to see moss patches on a Midwestern Penncross bentgrass green; it was everywhere. “We had it on the knobs as well as in the swales,” says Mark Newton, CGCS, Ames golf course superintendent since April 2010. “We did an irrigation audit on our worst green – number 18, right next to the clubhouse, and found no correlation between the amount of water and moss levels. It was well-known throughout the state that the Ames course had bad moss.” Newton decided on a plan of attack and began implementing it in fall 2010. Here’s what he did: Very aggressive core aerification: he pulled 5/8 tines on two-inch spacing, four inches deep, around all greens. Bumped-up fertility levels: he made three sequential applications of 7-7-7 fertilizer at 0.4 lbs. N per 1,000 sq. ft. every two weeks. Increased mowing height: he increased the height to .140 with two rolls per week to help keep green speed. Herbicide treatments: he made three sequential applications of QuickSilver® herbicide from FMC Professional Solutions at the rate of 6.7 oz. per acre with a nonionic spreader sticker every 14 days. By spring 2011, moss levels were already down, but Newton sustained his attack. He applied QuickSilver at a much lower rate every two weeks, starting in April and continuing through September. “The herbicide applications were incorporated into our spray program,” says Newton. “It worked wonders for us!” Newton planned his...

Top Tweets: Lawn Care Industry Trends

Check out the most popular @FMCturf tweets from the past two weeks, including lawn care industry trends for 2013 and nutsedge control options for California. 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. Consumers may invest more money in their homes in 2013. Find out what that means for your #lawncare business. ow.ly/kbXT9 — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 18, 2013 Turf pros: learn more about some great MSMA herbicide replacement options. ow.ly/k0XCD — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 15, 2013 Big thank you to @superjhooper for letting us use this magnificent bald eagle photo as this month’s #TurfInFocus. ow.ly/k0DOI — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 12, 2013 Discover the enhanced performance you’ll get when you add QuickSilver to Tenacity. ow.ly/jYaMx — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 11, 2013 Did you hear the news? @greensuper is now the CEO of @turfrepublic. Congrats, Bill! ow.ly/jTkoV — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 9, 2013 What we’re reading: tips to improve your #lawncare business from @ringlawncare. ow.ly/jFUje — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 8, 2013 Discover how a #Florida company controlled “beach ball size” #fireant mounds. ow.ly/jU5zL — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 9, 2013 From the Turf Wire Archives: four simple calibration tips that will help you save time and money. ow.ly/jVS2T #lawncare — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 10, 2013 From the Turf Wire Archives: after just ten minutes, a #fireant mound is toast! Watch how we did it: ow.ly/k0XtL — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) April 14, 2013 New Blog: a California superintendent finds a good option for nutsedge control. ow.ly/kbXK5 —...

A California superintendent finds a good option for nutsedge control.

Yellow nutsedge, purple nutsedge and green kyllinga can be some of the worst weeds to keep under control. These plants reproduce by underground tubers, rhizomes and above ground seeds. You can find these weeds throughout the country, but certain areas like Palm Springs, California have higher populations due to ideal conditions. Soils are sandy and very warm with adequate irrigation that creates perfect conditions for producing large nutsedge populations. After dealing with nutsedge at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort in Palm Springs, California since he became superintendent four years ago, Justin Peloquin finally found a nutsedge control solution with Dismiss® CA herbicide. Featuring FMC sulfentrazone as the active ingredient, Dismiss CA has been registered in California for three years. The golf resort offers two challenging champion courses. The Legend course, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary, is a traditional country club style golf course. The Resort course, a well-known Ted Robinson design, is a desert links style golf course that offers beautiful mountain views, along with scenic waterscapes and undulating greens. Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort has Bermudagrass over-seeded with Ryegrass and Poa Trivialis mix. Dismiss CA is a good fit for controlling sedge in an over-seeded situation. Nutsedge emerges in early spring around the country and even earlier in Palm Springs. In early spring, desert courses have a lot of play and the superintendents work to keep their Ryegrass mixtures alive until transition. For nutsedge control, Dismiss CA can be applied to Poa Trivialis, Fine Fescue, Ryegrass and most other cool – and warm – season turf types at labeled rates. Watch this short video to learn more about Dismiss...

Prediction of lawn care industry trends in 2013.

Lawn care industry trends strongly correlate with the economy and consumer confidence. When times are good, consumers are more likely to invest in the appearance of their homes and yards, whether it be hiring professional lawn care companies or buying do-it-yourself lawn care products. As we approach the spring to summer transition, many turf professionals are gearing up for their busier months. The following economic and consumer data could be a strong indication of what lawn care industry trends will look like for 2013. There has been some positive economic data being reported recently: Existing home sales are tracking at a seasonably adjusted annual rate of 4.92 million, or 9.1 percent above the 4.51 million-unit pace in January 2012, according to The National Association of Realtors®.   The Wall Street Journal reported that the net worth of U.S. families rose by $1.17 trillion at the end of 2012 to the highest level since late 2007, as rising home values and gains in stock holdings boosted household balance sheets.   U.S. households’ net worth, the value of homes, stocks and other investments minus debts and other liabilities, rose 1.8 percent to $66.07 trillion from October through December, the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2007, according to a recent Federal Reserve report.   Americans have been relatively more confident in the economy this year than they have been throughout the last several years, according to the Gallup Economic Confidence Index. Since consumer spending accounts for 71 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, or over $10 trillion, increases in home sales as well as the Consumer Confidence Index are positive...