Monthly Archives: November 2014

Pig Dog Pigment Cleaner 2014

Do you have a spray unit that looks like this after using pigments or products formulated with a dye or pigment?

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At Colin Campbell (Chemicals) Pty Ltd we have developed a cleaner for this very issue call Pig Dog

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The photo above shows that the left side of the spray bar was treated with Pig Dog and the middle bar was not. this was achieved after 2 applications

Also here is a quick video of Pig Dog working its magic.

Click on the Campbell Turf You Tube Link to take you there

This spray was used at label rates and left for 10 minutes. The spray unit was used regularly with dyes and pigments over the season. Thanks to Living Turf for allowing me to shoot the video here. Gavin gave the mud flap a spray and then quickly rubbed it off with a rag. A repeat application here would be necessary as it had not been cleaned before.

Using Pig Dog (extract from label) For full label and MSDS click on links below

1. Dilute Pig Dog 10mL per 1L water in a spray bottle
2. Area to be treated needs to be dry before application
3. Spray area to be treated with good coverage
4. Leave spray on for 5-10 minutes
5. Rinse area thoroughly with water
6. Wipe/dry down area treated with rags/towels/brushes etc
7. Repeat as necessary (Note- for stubborn and older concentrated stains more than 1 application will be required)

Do not apply to inside of spray tank unless tank is thoroughly washed out before using.
Do not apply to any sensitive areas of spray unit.

Pig Dog brochure November 2014

Pig Dog Pigment Cleaner is available in 250mL twin chamber bottle for easy to measure use:

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Filmstar- make your miticides fertilsiers and other chemicals work better

In Australia we all know how powerful the sun can be and we take appropriate measures to protect ourselves but what about the products we are putting out? There are quite a few chemicals, fertilsiers that breakdown quickly in UV light. To give an example bifenthrin (Our product is Biff) is known to break very quickly when exposed to sunlight hence why there is only a short residual. However if you use bifenthrin in pest control and out of direct sunlight the product can actually last up to 10 years.

Where Filmstar can help:

Filmstar Designed to control the life of pesticide products such as:
insecticides, miticdes, foliar fertilsiers and contact fungicides.

Filmstar can aid these products in 3 ways

FilmStar is a natural adhesive that minimises loss of product from irrigation, rain, and dew. FilmStar is made from the natural ingredient called pine resin. FilmStar forms a elastic film that encapsulates and holds the pesticide onto your target area.

FilmStar helps the pesticide distribute evenly over the leaf surface.  Filmstar comes into its own with better ebing able to wet plants with a hairy or waxy surface

FilmStar protects against UV light, as some chemicals especially contact fungicides and insecticides (for example Filmstar is excellent partner to miticides where they need to be kept on the leaf) break down in UV light. Using Filmstar at the 1.2L rate may aid in extending residual of these products.

FilmStar-21 is rainfast within 1-2 hours depending on weather conditions.

Best use of FilmStar-21
Add FilmStar to the spray tank as the last ingredient.
Pre mix Filmstar before adding to the spray tank in at lest 5L water. Warm water may be required in cooler weather conditions.
Add FilmStar to the spray tank as it is filling, with the agitator running.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Cleaning requirements
A tank cleaner is highly highly advisable  to use
Rinse tank, lines and nozzles with water immediately after spraying.
After rinsing, there may still be a small amount of sticky residue in the tank.

For a full label and MSDS of Filmstar see here

Filmstar Brochure

Any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact me





Summer is upon us – November 2014

Well as alot of you do as I do we constantly look at the weather to see what possible turf growing conditions we are facing. At the moment we are looking for some rain (well majority of us are but  the golf tournaments are starting and the less variables the better).

I did a post on preparing for the heat last season and i thought it may be a good one to revisit just as a refresher with a few updates. If you at the past post the weather maps are quite similar for the long term forecast. (see 2013 post here).


  • Start with a strong foundation early.Don’t skimp.
  • Review what you did last year and change what did not work.
  • Increase root health -Use root stimulants such as kelp, amino, humic fulvic acid products
  • Look at your irrigation practices- This will be harder as the summer goes on especially when your cool season grasses are stressing out with a shorter root system. Keep the soil moisture consistent as not to stress our turf. There is no right or wrong method here but the aim is to get desired turf conditions (as Dr. Micah Woods says). (This is where soil mositure metres come in very handy- more on that in a future post). For an expalnation on water irrigation management have a look at the picture below from Micah Woods at the Asian Turfgrass Centre For more information on this work below see this link to his blog post.





  • With warm season grasses protect your turf early on as the root system is still not fully active.
  • Do a preventative fungicide and insecticide program. (if anyone would like a program designed for them please contact me). Under stress conditions some systemic fungicides may take longer to be taken up as the plant will not be fully functioning properly so be wary of this and apply fungicides on a prevention basis.
  • Have a wetting agent program and start earlier rather than later
  • When hand watering use wetting agent tablets to help cure and prevent localised dry spots
  • Increase your height of cut. This will go a long way to help manager all types of stress with minimum disruption to greens speeds.
  • Communicate with your stakeholders the stresses the turf is going under to give them an understanding of the situation and to better support you in the long run.


I have a few product profiles coming as well but in the meantime I have been getting asked why Dacogreen WeatherShield is different to other chlorothalonil products. It lies in the active ingredient and the formulation. Dacogreen remember used be Daconil until about 10 years ago, we just had a name change.

See my post from last year here