Healthy turf

A new systemic fungicide with preventative and curative action against fusarium, plus a new selective herbicide described as efficient and effective, yet safe on young turf, make their debut on Headland Amenity’s stand.

Throttle combines tebuconazole and prochloraz as a liquid formulation to fight fusarium patch, is applied at low rates and is suitable for use on all established turf areas such as golf courses, pitches and lawns.  “The resulting formulation is so efficient that the product performs effectively at a rate of 1.7 litres per ha, and does not affect the natural balance of soil bacteria,” confirms Headland’s operations director Mark De Ath.

Combining leaf and root uptake of the active ingredients florasulam and fluroxypyr, Cabadex is Headland Amenity’s new systemic herbicide for use on grass as young as the second leaf stage.  Cabadex also carries low application rates – two litres per ha – but nevertheless controls stubborn species such as yarrow, daisy and white clover.  Early trials have also produced good results with yellow sucking clover and slender speedwell.

“The herbicide’s low dose rate means that Cabadex inputs some of the lowest levels of active ingredients in the market,” says Headland’s sales and marketing director Andy Russell.  “The result is a cost effective, environmentally sensitive option that allows safe re-seeding just four weeks after application.”  Cabadex can be used on a wide variety of turf from golf courses, sports turf and lawns to airfields and roadside verges.

Any turf suffering damage as winter approaches will be at a disadvantage.  DJ Turfcare believes it has a solution as it launches Recovery onto the UK market.  Coming from the Viano stable of organics, this product contains manure-derived Humifast and magnesium.  It feeds and restores the turf to maintain colour throughout the winter.

Also with turf restoration in mind, DJ is introducing the Turfsaver from the US.  Manufactured by SourceOne, the designers of the Plugger aerator, this machine de-thatches and overseeds – or fertilises – in one pass.  The compact unit can be fitted with blades to verti-cut and has a 56cm working width.

A wide range of feeds, nutrients and top dressings will be on show at Saltex this year. Sherriff Amenity is launching two new products. SeaVolution is a liquid seaweed extract which acts as a soil conditioner, designed to build up strong roots in grass. The manufacturers claim that it enables the plants to fight off fungal infections. It can be used on any part of the golf course, including the green, and is also suitable for bowling greens.

Caste off is designed to control casting worms. A new drench nozzle has been designed to ensure that the product is applied as evenly as possible.

Countrywide Farmers are offering many of the old tried and tested products including Johnsons grass seed and Bathgate topdressings. The firm has recently launched Ronova, a high concentrate amino acid, and is now able to supply AgriGuard’s range of specialist products for managed amenity turf.

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