Turf In Focus: Golf Course Superintendent Deals With the Aftermath of a Bear

This month’s Turf in Focus features an image taken by golf course superintendent Ryan Gordon of TPC Snoqualmie Ridge in Snoqulamie, Washington. The photograph shows damage on the golf course courtesy of a local bear! Bears are par for the course for many golf course superintendents whose courses share a habitat with them in addition to wolves, foxes, eagles and many other wild animals of turf. Bear had a little fun with the cup on hole 4 last night! #superproblems pic.twitter.com/x76m7h8mSN — Ryan Gordon (@RyanWGor) November 27, 2013 Stay tuned for more turf industry snapshots—if you have a photo as great as this golf course superintendent’s photo of bear damage on the green that you’d like to be featured on In Focus, please send it our way. On Twitter? Share your photo with @FMCturf or just add the #TurfInFocus hash tag to your tweeted photo! What is In Focus? As a turf care professional, you often come across interesting situations. Strange turf diseases. Huge fire ant mounds. And for some of you, even the occasional alligator. Many of you take pictures to document these encounters, and as true turf enthusiasts, we want to see them and share them with the world! That’s why FMC Turf Wire runs Turf In Focus, a monthly feature highlighting some of the most eye-catching photographs captured by turf care professionals on the...

Social Media Tips for Turf Pros on Facebook

Facebook, like Twitter, is an effective way for the turf industry to reach out to promote brand awareness, become a turf industry resource and connect directly with customers. Like on Twitter, your brand can either flourish or fizzle on Facebook based on how seriously you take your social media presence. These tips will help you get started on enhancing your turf industry Facebook efforts. Post SchedulingAs busy as turf industry professionals get, there’s not always time to push out social media posts in real-time. This is where scheduling posts ahead of time comes into play. If you use Hootsuite, a third-party social media management software, you can schedule posts within the posting palette section of the software. If you don’t use a third-party social media tool for your turf industry Facebook page, you can always use the built-in Facebook posting scheduler. Simply follow the steps as if you were planning on posting a status, but instead of clicking post, click the clock icon and select a time you wish your post to go live. Image Sizing Tips Your turf industry Facebook page provides free real estate for images that should be taken advantage of to promote your company or course’s brand. Though it’s easy to upload a picture, the most effective pages pay close attention to space constraints and tailor their images to fit them. This Facebook image dimensions website contains a comprehensive guide to the different image sizes that are ideal for Facebook timelines as well as how to upload them. Spending time on sizing images indicates to potential customers that you take your brand seriously and this...

New Video: How to Properly Apply Liquid Pesticides

Hi, I am Lauren Wilson, technical service representative at FMC. I’m excited to share a new video from FMC with you! It’s about how to safely and properly apply liquid pesticide products. In the video, I will take you step-by-step through preparing for an application of Talstar® Professional insecticide. I’ll demonstrate these guidelines: Removing children, pets and toys from the area Wearing appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Storing pesticides away from children or pets in a locked cabinet Removing food and covering food preparation surfaces for indoor applications Using pesticides in well-ventilated spaces for indoor applications The video continues with an actual demonstration of using Talstar Professional insecticide in both outdoor and indoor applications. I show how to measure and mix the product, as well as: Making an outdoor perimeter treatment Making outdoor spot applications in problem areas Treating cracks and crevices around doorways and windows for indoor applications Wearing a NIOSH-approved respirator when applying in non-ventilated spaces NOTE: Shorter versions of this video are also available on the FMC YouTube channel: A new three minute video demonstrates how to safely and properly apply liquid pesticide products. View here: Liquid Pesticide Application Guidelines. A second new three minute video from FMC demonstrates how to make an ant-control application with Talstar® Professional insecticide — both outdoors and indoors. View here: Talstar Professional Liquid Pesticide Application Demonstration. Everyone at FMC is committed to safety and proper use of our pesticide products. We hope this video will help our customers correctly apply all liquid pesticides. For any questions concerning the use of FMC products, I’m available to answer them at 1-800-321-1362 extension...

Frost Delays Give Turf Management Teams Time to Catch Up

Fall is now in full swing in many parts of the U.S. We have “fallen back” with the time change, leaves are falling, and many mornings for golf course management start off with frost delays. Frost delays for those of you that manage turf in the transition zone and points further north, can be frustrating because they delay the opportunity to get out and perform the daily scheduled activities. By looking at the extended forecast (3-5 day forecast), turf managers can accurately predict which mornings will have frost delays. These frost delays are lengthy and the team finds itself with little to do—I mean, you can only clean up the maintenance facility so many times. But on the bright side, whether the delay is 30 minutes or 2 hours, these delays can provide an excellent opportunity for creative team-building. Here are a few of the ways that I took advantage of frost delays to provide an opportunity to engage in team-building activities with the golf course management team during my previous career as a superintendent. My crew was a mix of Hispanic and American members which created a language barrier. To break through this barrier, my staff created an English/Spanish board and during a frost delay, the crew would review the board and add on to the board. The board consisted of words and phrases commonly used on the golf course. For example, “Rake the bunkers” – “Rastrillar los búnkers.” At first there was some resistance from the crew, but as the crew was sent out and forced to communicate, the language barrier began to break down and efficiency...

Top Tweets: Winter Lawn Care Topics

Check out the most popular @FMCturf tweets from the past few weeks including photos of winter lawn care on the golf course, the damage that can be caused by traffic on frozen golf course greens, winter lawn care maintenance ideas and the top 10 ways cold weather can harm a lawn. 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. Do any #turfgrass pros have this concern? “What damage can be caused by traffic on frozen greens?” http://t.co/aESii45dqb — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 26, 2013 VIDEO: The color variations of poa annua #turfgrass during temperature changes. http://t.co/3DTwOuRs4C — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 27, 2013 Awesome news for the #turf industry from the @CarolinasGCSA conference! Read more: http://t.co/PJrAZnILvI — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 22, 2013 From the Turf Wire Archives: Get a head start this spring with new winter #turfgrass maintenance ideas! http://t.co/YijDAbRaMK — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 26, 2013 Passing out wallets full of fake cash: Brilliant #turf marketing technique or just silly? http://t.co/QTBny1wtg3 — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 22, 2013 Not all bifenthrin products are created equal! Read more about the Talstar difference: http://t.co/2QMmtByzJ8 #turfgrass — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 29, 2013 “10 Ways Winter Can Kill Your #Lawn or Landscape.” http://t.co/j9pcvIT5Fh Via @WeedProOhio — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 29, 2013 Controlling silvery thread moss is a cinch with these four steps: http://t.co/CHLxIHjV1b. #turfgrass — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) November 21, 2013 New Blog: @pobrienhpgcc and @CodyBeckleyGCS share images of winter #lawncare tasks in our latest #TurfInFocus. http://t.co/9Ok1M0umET — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) December...