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AGCSA Turf Conference 2019 Preview

This has come around quicker than usual. After the prolonged summer everyone has experienced winter come around quickly. I hope everyone got to have a break or at least planning to. This year the AGCSA Conference heads back to Brisbane which is a nice change as we haven’t been there in quite a few years. […]

US Turf Conference review 2019- San Diego

It’s been a couple of months since I got back and a very busy time as many of you know with this tough summer. I apologise for the late posting on this. I was able to attend the Golf Industry Show GIS in San Diego this year again. A great trip as usual with education […]

Merry Christmas 2018

    I would like to thank every reader of this blog and all of our clients who have supported us throughout the year. We wish you and your families a safe and Merry Christmas and have a safe New Year. We hope you all have a greenkeepers Christmas and have get to have a […]

It’s raining somewhere October 2018

I seem to write this post on a yearly basis which is a good thing. This year grand finals have come and gone and it was dry. However today in Sydney we are wet and expecting around 50mm. I know some have had some decent rain but this rain seems to be reaching central west […]

Walk N Talk Tour reviews Scott McElroy 2018

After a couple of very busy weeks I am back in Sydney. This is the busy time of the year for myself not in terms of sales but as I call it the seminar and trade show season.   We held 2 Walk N Talk tours in Sydney and Melbourne the week before the Turf […]


Well we are not too far away from the Australasian turf conference. I was at AGCSA headquarters a couple of weeks back and preparations are coming along nicely. One thing I will say which some readers may not realise is the effort that goes in to organising an event of this size. What makes it […]

GIS US Turf Conference 2018

I’ve been back for a little while now from San Antonio and had time to review the show. I did some quick VLOG (video blogs) while I was there and I hope you had a chance to view them and get something from them.You can watch the videos here   With this post I’ll sumarise […]

Emerald New Generation Contact Fungicide

Emerald is now available. After speaking to many turf managers over the past year registration has been granted and stock is available from our exclusive Emerald distributors below; Fernland Agencies, Greenway Turf Solutions, K&B Adams, Living Turf, Maxwell & Kemp


Well what a start to the new year with the hot weather. For some its been a normal weather pattern but for most far from normal. The 47.3C in Penrith yesterday took the cake and was the hottest place on the planet for the day.

I hope everyone is ok. As a STA member said on their facebook “you and your staff are more important than your turf”. In saying this please communicate with your powers that be that this period is stressful and you are doing everything you can to keep everything alive. There is unrealistic expectations out there but you need to drum into them that safety is paramount.

I know people have been spraying regularly with this weather in all areas. For those in the hot parts keep the basics going. Don’t try to do too much. Use the cultural practices you now work well. Shorten wetting agent intervals and use the tablets when had watering.

Why Tank Mix Fungicides?

I was in a meeting a while back with a few superintendents and one of the questions was on dollar  spot and tank mixing. Was it worth it to tank mix fungicides for control? This is a situation that many other superintendents and turf managers  face with dollar spot (and other diseases) in Sydney especially under high pressure conditions where 28 days control is unheard of and 21 is a struggle at the best of times.