FMC Supports Project EverGreen’s Revitalization of The 9/11 Memorial Grove Green Space on Liberty Island

The Project EverGreen team drove into Ellis Island through a narrow, metal-paved bridge that connects the island to the New Jersey mainland. This passage-way is little known by tourists looking to visit the Statue of Liberty because it is only open to Ellis Island essential personnel and workers. On Tuesday, June 10 at 7:30 AM we drove through that bridge because everyone on the Project EverGreen team was considered essential personnel. More than forty volunteers from the Project EverGreen advisory council and its industry partners came together on Liberty Island to inaugurate a much anticipated revitalization of the 9/11 Memorial Grove. After Hurricane Sandy many trees were destroyed and the soil in the surrounding area was left ineffective for new plantings. Bill Vogel, President of the organization explained, “Project EverGreen is an organization with the mission to preserve and enhance green spaces in our communities where we live, work and play and we believe the 9/11 Memorial Grove on Liberty Island is a site where we can make a strong difference.” The site can hold a couple hundred people and has a direct line of sight to ground zero, making this an ideal location to remember 9/11 and its victims. A renovated and beautiful green space will once again allow people to honor and celebrate the perseverance and strife of those affected by the tragedy. As soon as we arrived on site we saw 12 London Plane burlap–covered trees set out ready to be planted. In addition, more than 70 mulch bags had been delivered next to all existing trees in the area. We had our work cut out...

Downy Mildew Control on Impatiens with Segway® Fungicide

I was just in my local garden center this weekend and spotted a couple of impatiens suffering from plasmopara abducens, commonly known as downy mildew. This disease infects bedding impatiens, double impatiens, balsam and New Guinea impatiens. Because of the slow onset of spring this year, the movement of plant material from garden centers to homeowners’ landscapes has been slow. However, as the weather continues to get warmer, it’s very important to make sure homeowners know not to take home infected plants, but equally important is that greenhouse growers prevent and control downy mildew before it becomes a long-term risk for their investment and reputation. The disease has received extra attention recently because in addition to destroying healthy impatiens, it can have long term risks on the soil. If the infected impatiens are not removed promptly from the soil, the soil can become contaminated making it difficult for impatiens to grow in the same area in future seasons. Michigan State University recently published an article on greenhouse growers’ concerns about the appearance of downy mildew on impatiens in several areas of Michigan and the surrounding states. Greenhouse growers in the area are finding downy mildew is widespread on their impatiens, some are even reporting 100% loss due to a downy mildew infection. Thankfully there is a fungicide rotation pattern for downy mildew control. Segway® fungicide has shown effective results in downy mildew control on impatiens. It is also the only product in its FRAC group making it a logical addition to any rotational program. Because Segway’s unique mode of action inhibits all stages of fungal life, downy mildew can...

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...

Key takeaways and tips from the latest turf industry forum threads.

LawnSite.com and LawnCareSite.net are highly engaged social networking business forums that facilitate turf industry peer-to-peer interaction between their over 141,000 online members. Conversations include everything from best business practices to personal interests. There are over 4.5 million posts annually. Earlier this year, the following top four threads provided a lot of online sharing and dialogue amongst lawnsite.com members. I’ve provided a few tips of my own to help you with some of these common turf issues and linked to the threads so that you can join in on the conversation. If you don’t have a profile, you can register here quickly and easily. Thread 1: New Growth vs. Old Weeds. Quick Tip: Check the active ingredient (AI) rates when comparing different products. At the highest label rates for cool season grasses, SquareOne® applies 33 percent less carfentrazone than QuickSilver®, and hence it is better suited for new growth. However, treating new growth is very different from treating more established lawns with weeds. The higher levels of AI per application with QuickSilver make it a better product for controlling more mature weeds. Thread 2: Fast Fire Ant Control! Quick Tip: “Wow” your customers on your first visit! If you hit the mounds with the highest label rates of Talstar® Professional when spraying, then your customer can see tons of dead ants on the mound the next morning! For more immediate effect use ½ cup of Talstar® XTRA featuring Verge™ granule technology on a mound and water it in with one gallon of water. You’ll see dead fire ants in 15 minutes. Thread 3: Using a backpack for spot application work....