Bright Ideas: dollarweed and nutsedge get smoked in this Blindside® herbicide review.

Nick Bright is the superintendent at Melrose Golf Club in Daufuskie Island, SC. When the Daufuskie Island resort that owned Nick Bright’s course went bankrupt, Nick and his crew kept the course open with no budget, no pro shop, some broken down equipment and often no electricity or running water. Dollarweed is a challenge for any superintendent, but on my course, right on the ocean, we had some plants as big as lily pads. When I told AJ Hephner, my local FMC Market Specialist about my dollarweed dilemma, he suggested I try Blindside® herbicide, a postemergence herbicide designed for warm-season turf, including St. Augustinegrass. In exchange, I would write a Blindside herbicide review. I was skeptical when he insisted I would see control within a week. But he was right: Blindside smoked the dollarweed fast. And even better, it took out the nutsedge as well. Blindside works on the leaves and the roots because it has both foliar and root uptake. This is important with dollarweed because 90 percent of the plant is underground. You want to get the whole thing; otherwise it will just come back next season. The other benefit of Blindside is that it works during the summer. Previously, I used a three-way on dollarweed but it only seemed to work well in the late fall and early spring, which is not when dollarweed is growing. Other products like atrazine can’t be used when the temperature is over 85 degrees. So it was great to spot spray some fairways and roughs in August and see results without damaging my Bermudagrass. It’s gone! Blindside herbicide smoked the...

The Secret to Our Success: Q&A with Rob Reindl of Oasis Turf & Tree

Cincinnati-based Oasis Turf & Tree was founded in 1996 by electrical engineering student-turned-financial manager, Rob Reindl. With 43 percent growth in 2011 and the same growth predicted for this year, Oasis is doing “most” everything right. FMC Turf Wire checked in with Rob in his 15th year to find out the secrets to his success: Q: What’s the toughest business decision you ever made? A: The first seven years were boom years until accounts started to flatline in 2004. That year, we made the crucial decision to eliminate maintenance and commercial accounts and focus solely on residential lawn care. We took a big financial hit, but it paid off in the long run. Today, Oasis is a $2+ million dollar company, that’s grown 43 percent in the last year. Q: We are in a recession when most homeowners are cutting back on services. How can you account for your growth? A: In this economy, it’s not about price, but value. Our price is low considering our service and expertise. Also, we offer products with low environmental impact like 50 percent organic-based fertilizer and NutriLife bionutrients for plant health. Customers really appreciate that. Q: Your company does a great job adapting to new technologies—from wireless headsets to custom retrofit vans. Why is this important? A: Technology offers us a way to become more efficient, and that’s the name of the game in lawn care. For example, we retrofit our vans to store equipment at waist height, which makes unloading easier (see photo, below). If it shaves off one minute per stop, then that’s a half hour a day, or one...