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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.

AGCSA Conference 2017 Twin Waters

I apologise this went out a bit late as we had a few IT issues last week.

The 2017 conference is on right now as I post this and I hope everyone is enjoying themselves. Congratulations to Brett Woodward for winning the AGCSA golf championships @ Pelican Waters well deserved.

Review Your season 2017

After the summer what was I hope everyone takes a well deserved break sooner rather than later..

I have written pieces to this similar to this in the past. i do believe writing this every year helps my readers with making better decisions for the coming year..

One thing I hope everyone has done this year in some way is to document the summer

Heat wave, humid, rain birings on pythium- January 2017

Happy new year everyone I hope you had some time to enjoy with family and friends.

What a start to the year heat waves in Victoria, WA, SA NSW. Storms in QLD and everything in between.

Disease and Mite Seminar 2016

In November ourselves and K&B Adams had the pleasure of presenting two of the top turf minds in Australia. Dr Percy Wong and Professor Peter McMaugh in Adelaide.
The day started off with a supers forum with Percy where new diseases that have been identified were discussed. A number of these had been seen in South Australia and are a concern that not much is known about them and research fund are needed to learn more as well as come up with plans to combat them. Percy also spoke about the need for accurate diagnosis. Just because it has certain symptoms its doesn’t mean that that disease is present and a good disease turf testing lab can help here.