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Turfgrass's Least WANTED Weeds - Cogongrass

December 5, 2019

If cogongrass has invaded your turf, then you need to take aggressive action before it spreads. Tiling or digging out the grassy weed can be an option; however, you can run the additional risk of spreading the rhizomes and increasing the invasion.

2019 GIE EXPO - TurfCare Event Schedule - Booth #21104

October 8, 2019

Join TurfCare at the largest green industry event of the year, the GIE EXPO! Stop by our booth for new and exciting events you won't want to miss. 10/16-10/19

Behind the Scenes Interview with Nicole Gerome

October 4, 2019

In 2018, TurfCare met professional female golfer Nicole Gerome. Nicole first caught our attention because of her extraordinary talent, hard work and passion for the sport but it was her story that stole our heart. Still early in her career, Nicole haIn 2018, TurfCare met professional female Golfer Nicole Gerome. Nicole first caught our attention because of her extraordinary talent, hard work and passion for the sport but it was her story that stole our heart. Still early in her career, Nicole has courageously faced and overcome serious hurdles that have already made her an inspiration to many...

Turfgrass's Least WANTED Weeds - Bindweed

September 24, 2019

A broadleaf perennial that is one of the most difficult to control and persistent weeds in landscapes and crops. Its strong root and rhizome system prevents the possibility of removing the weed through cultivation, and in most cases, it actually makes the infestation worse.

What's the Damage? - Chinch Bugs

June 28, 2019

When this pest gets hungry, it uses its tube-like mouth to pierce into a plant’s tissue and sucks out the nutrients. It then secretes an anticoagulant that clogs the vascular tissues within the turf causing it to turn a purplish tint. Without the ability to absorb water, the leaves wither from drought and none of the nourishment gets to the roots, resulting in plant death.

Field Guide for Lawn Weeds

May 13, 2019

Wonder what's that weed invading your turf/lawn and how to eliminate? Check out this field guide for common lawn invaders and start getting rid of those weeds the professional way.

Turfgrass's Least WANTED Weed - Spotted Spurge

May 13, 2019

Spotted spurge (Euphorbia maculate) is a summer annual weed with a taproot that is native to the Eastern United States. It’s often found to invade crops, gardens, trees, citrus, turf, ornamental beds, fields in sidewalk cracks and thin lawns. It thrives in poor, compacted soil and generally in unshaded areas and grows in mats which will choke out turfgrasses.

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Turfgrass's Least WANTED Weed - Puncture Vine

May 2, 2019

Puncture Vine (Tribulus terrestris) appropriately named, is a summer annual broadleaf weed that’s mostly found in dry climates like Arizona, California, & Washington.  It is native to southern Europe and grow in a number of different conditions, but it flourishes in in hot and dry conditions where many plants cannot survive.  It is a noxious weed that can wreak havoc on orchards, pastures, turf and along roadsides, where conditions are ideal.

JOE KNOWS! Cation Exchange Capacity

By Joe Marchinchin   |  March 19, 2019

Why is it that turf doesn’t grow well on a sandy beach?  Why do some soils leach nutrients more so than others?  What are the characteristics of a ‘fertile’ soil versus a ‘nutrient-deficient’ soil?  These questions are directly related to a term that is often mentioned in the turf and soil sciences, but not well understood by many in the industry.  In this feature, we’ll examine what cation exchange capacity is, and the direct impact is has on soil fertility and overall plant health.  With a greater understanding...

2018 GIE EXPO - Recapping the Green Industry's Largest Show of the Year!

November 8, 2018

With thousands of green industry attendees and over 800 exhibitors, you can see why the GIE EXPO is one of the largest shows of its kind in America. Located at the Kentucky Exposition Center in the lively Louisville, KY, the GIE is not only large, it is also one heck of a good time! From Hardscapes to PermaGreens, everything you need to get the job done is for all to see at the GIE. Contests, giveaways, bratwurst and polka bands scattered the booths while new product spotlights stir attendee’s excitement.  Feeling adventurous? You could head to...

Turf[TECH]Report: CRN: Controlled Release Nitrogen - What you don't know could BURN your turf!

November 7, 2018

Controlled Release Nitrogen (CRN) consists of uniform granules (usually urea-based) designed to release nitrogen into the soil over an extended time period.  This is as opposed to straight urea, which is considered to be ‘immediately available nitrogen.’  The mechanism for controlling the release of nitrogen is a physical barrier. Controlled release nitrogen is typically encapsulated by a combination one or more layers of polymer, sulfur and...

Solubility – The Key to Plant Nutrition

September 14, 2018

One of the most important concepts in fertilizer chemistry and plant nutrition is “solubility.”  In the plant sciences, solubility is defined as how readily nutrients are dissolved in water and can be taken up by plants.  There are many factors that can affect the solubility of a nutrient, including but not limited to chemical structure, ion charge, temperature, and pressure.  pH can also have a profound impact on the solubility of nutrients; this is because different types of nutrients in a solution/soil colloid will tend to attract or repel each other based on their chemical properties.  Sometimes it is beneficial to fertilize plants with highly soluble nutrients; sometimes it’s detrimental.  In this feature, well examine the topic of solubility in greater detail so that you have a better grasp as to how the nutrients you choose to fertilizer with will 1.) react with the environment and 2.) affect plant health...

The Glyphosate Debate

September 14, 2018

If you’ve been watching the news as of late, you probably heard about a record lawsuit in California.  A state court recently ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to a groundskeeper who developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a form of cancer).  In the landmark case, the plaintiff argued that decades of exposure to RoundUp™ (the trade name for Monsanto’s glyphosate chemistry) led to his medical condition... Since there are multiple opinions on the topic, we decided to only provide the facts. This way you can decide whether you think it’s safe after we reveal the details in this Glyphosate Debate.

Turf Repair Guide

August 7, 2018

There’s nothing more frustrating than having a beautiful lawn ruined by a dead spot or divot. From fertilizer spills to mechanical damage, consider this feature your ‘pocket book’ guide to quick lawn repair. No messing around&hellThere’s nothing more frustrating than having a beautiful lawn ruined by a dead spot or divot.  From fertilizer spills to mechanical damage, consider this feature your ‘pocket book’ guide to quick lawn repair.  No messing around…let’s get your turf back in top shape!

Blackouts & Fertilizer Restrictions

August 6, 2018

Depending on where you live, you may or may not be familiar with fertilizer application restriction periods, commonly referred to as “blackout periods.” While some see blackout periods as an inconvenience, the majority has come to accept Depending on where you live, you may or may not be familiar with fertilizer application restriction periods, commonly referred to as “blackout periods.” While some see blackout periods as an inconvenience, the majority has come to accept them as an important step in protecting our waterways and the environment.  In this article, we’ll learn the science behind why blackout periods exist...

What's that Weed? Dollarweed!

July 5, 2018

Type: Dollarweed, also commonly known as Pennywort, is a summer perennial broadlead weed. Dollarweed is a member of the parsley family, housing numerous different species including: marsh pennywort, coastal plain pennywort, many-flowered pennywort, whorled pennywort to name a few.

3 Summer Turf Diseases …and How to SOLVE THEM ALL!

July 5, 2018

Each season comes with its own set of stresses and challenges for turf grass. While it’s true that in general, more heat and moisture will increase the growth rate of common turf grasses, too much of either of these elements can add significant stress to turf. 

READY, SET, SOD!

July 3, 2018

Whether you’re a professional landscaper looking to improve your customers greenspace, or you’re a homeowner looking to completely remake your bumpy, weed-infested lawn, establishing new turf from sod is a quick way to enhance the curb appeal of any property. 

What's that Weed? Creeping Thistle

June 18, 2018

A member of the Asteraceae family of Creeping Thistle is an herbaceous perennial weed with sharp, prickly leaves (sometimes with lilac-pink flowers) that emerges in early June and can infest landscapes throughout the U.S. through late October.  A member of the Asteraceae family of thistles, this weed can spread rapidly via its highly aggressive spreading root system, or its ability to scatter thousands of seeds in a short time. 

TurfCare™ Academy: The Science Behind Humic Substances

June 15, 2018

Did you know not all humic substances are alike? The category of “humic substances” represents a large variety of humic compounds with very different properties. Some humics are beneficial; others have little or no benefit to plants. Did you know that most states don’t require manufactures of fertilizers and soil amendments to tell you which kinds of humic substances are inside their products? Don’t be fooled into purchasing humic-based products that don’t work! Learning the basic science behind humic substances will give you the tools you need to understand which humic-based products have the most value...

Turf[TECH]Report: Post-Emergent Herbicides

June 14, 2018

Warmer temperatures have finally arrived, and in some parts of the United States it has already had months of consistent sunny heat! Unfortunately, along with the arrival of warmer days typically comes weeds. For a weed free lawn all year long, a timely application of nitrogen coupled with a pre-emergent herbicide is an important first step to take as soon as temperatures climb into the 50s.  But due to unpredictable weather or missing the application all together, there is a good possibility that weeds have infested your lawn. And once weeds take hold, they don’t leave willingly.  The solution:  post-emergent herbicides...

Weed of the Week: Crabgrass

May 4, 2018

Type: Crabgrass is a common lawn invader that most people are already familiar with. This is a low growing, grassy summer annual weed that's a troublesome pest that lowers turf quality and appearance. Crabgrass is a prolific seed producer; one plant can produce over...

JOE KNOWS! Nitrogen Stabilizers 

By Joe Marchinchin   |  May 3, 2018

Turf's Defense Against Environmental Nitrogen Loss: When it comes to nutrition, most plants (including turf grass) require more nitrogen than any other element to maintain a healthy growth rate and vibrant appearance. Unfortunately, nature is quite effective at hindering both natural and synthetic nitrogen-based fertilizers from reaching their intended target. Discover how stabilized nitrogen technology can be turf's defense against environmental nitrogen loss...

Turf[TECH]Report - Controlled/Slow Release Fertilizers  [Part 2]

April 17, 2018

This segment of Turf[TECH]Report, is second of a two-part series. Part 1 focused on how controlled/slow release fertilizers work, and how to compare the various technologies. This series, Part 2 takes the time to teach you how to read and understand controlled/slow release label language and review the different kinds of products on the market. This article will supply you with all the important information you need to determine which slow/controlled release fertilizer is best for you. Click to learn more...

Turf[TECH]Report - Controlled/Slow Release Fertilizers  [Part 1]

April 11, 2018

What are CRN/SRN Fertilizers and How do Various Coating Technologies Compare? Spring has finally arrived! Time to revive your turf and supply it with what it needs to assure a lush green appearance all season long. So, what’s the key to healthy green turf? Fertilizer. But when it comes to selecting the right fertilizer for the job, with so many different technologies and analyses to choose from, making a selection can seem overwhelming. No worries, we are here to help! Click to learn more...

Nitrogen's Role in Lawn Health

April 5, 2018

The Necessity of Nitrogen in Sustaining Your Lawn Care Program! All plants require a certain balance of elements for proper growth and appearance. Among these balanced elements are the primary macronutrients, Nitrogen (N),  Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K), which are needed in the greatest quantities. Discover why nitrogen is such an important component of a lawn care maintenance program...

JOE KNOWS! Biosolids

By Joe Marchinchin   |  April 2, 2018

Understanding Biosolids and How There Presence in Soil Enhances Turf: Biosolids are nutrient-rich organic residues left over from the treatment of animal waste, most commonly harvested from sewage sludge at waste water treatment plants. They are generally an environmental friendly source of N-P-K nutrients (when applied at the recommended application rate), allowing the user to apply less synthetic N-P-K fertilizer to the soil. Learn more about biosolids and how applying them to a lawn can enhance turf...

NEW PRODUCT ALERT: TCS AMP-XC™ Liquid Concentrate

March 13, 2018

It’s finally here! Learn Why Everyone is “AMP’d Up” for the arrival of TCS AMP-XC™ Liquid Concentrate! – Turf Care Supply Corp. is excited to announce the release of the highly anticipated TCS AMP-XC™ Liquid Concentrate. TCS AMP-XC™ Liquid Concentrate [‘AMP-XC™ (L)’] would not have been developed without the insightful feedback of its valued users. Since AMP-XC™ technology on Hi-Calcium Lime, Gypsum and granular fertilizer proved such excellent results and received continued rave reviews a liquid concentrated formula was requested and produced. Now in a liquid concentrate, the AMP-XC™ technology is completely versatile, allowing you to tank mix it with almost anything! Click to discover more...

Phosphorus' Role in Lawn Health

March 8, 2018

Healthy lawns depend on a well-balanced fertilizer program that provides the essential elements it needs like: Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K). A healthy lawn is necessary to successfully ward off weeds, insects and disease. Although most fertilizers contain a variety of elements, in this article we are going to focus on just phosphorus (P)! Discover why phosphorus’ role in turf and soil is important to the overall health of a lawn...

Turf[TECH]Report - Pre-Emergent Herbicides: The Key to Controlling Weeds Before They Start

March 6, 2018

Spring has finally arrived! Grass isn’t the only thing that grows in your yard. Scattered across the soil in and below the thatch layer are countless seeds that secretly landed in your yard last fall, and they’ve been waiting all winter for this opportunity. Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem; one that kills the weeds from the onset but leaves your lawn unharmed: pre-emergent herbicides. Click to learn more...

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