Wednesday, March 31, 2010
St. Augustine - Care and Maintenance - Spring 2010

St. Augustine Grass - Care and Maintenance - Spring 2010

Video Notes:

Step 1 - Apply Fertilizer.  We recommend something with a 2-0-1 ratio  (eg...(16-0-8))

Step 2 - Prevent the onset of Summer weeds by applying Pre-emergent herbicide.  You can buy it already mixed in with the fertilizer.

Step 3 - Watch out for fungus...especially Grey-Leaf Spot and Brown Patch.  If you have had problems before or have an area with extra shade or moisture, apply a fungicide with an active ingredient.  Water 1 inch per week, either from natural rainfall or from inground irrigation.  Overwatering can lead to disease of turfgrass.

Step 4 - Hold off applying insecticide to begin Spring.  Monitor grass each week.  Chinch bugs are the number one St. Augustine enemy, but usually start showing up in Summer through early Fall.  If you get chinch bugs, treat with an insecticide that contains Bifenthrin or Carbaryl. 



Wednesday, March 31, 2010
EMPIRE Turf - Care and Maintenance - Spring 2010

EMPIRE Turf - Care and Maintenance - Spring 2010
Get your EMPIRE Turf zoysia lawn ready for Spring and Summer.  This video will guide you through some simple care instructions for getting your EMPIRE lawn looking its best. 

Video Notes:

Step 1 - MOW LOW.  For the first mowing of the year, scalp the lawn with the mower and bag the clippings.

Step 2 - Apply Fertilizer.  We recommend a 1-0-1 ratio.  (eg...(15-0-15))

Step 3 - Apply Pre-emergent herbicide to prevent summer weeds.  You can buy it already mixed in with fertilizer.

Step 4 - To prevent Billbugs and other insect pests, put down a broad spectrum insecticide containing bifenthrin.  Make sure to water any granular insecticides into the lawn.

Step 5 - EMPIRE Turf needs about 3/4 of an inch of water per week from either natural rainfall or inground irrigation.  Overwatering can lead to fungus outbreaks.  If needed, put down a systemic fungicide with an active ingredient.




Monday, March 15, 2010
EMPIRE Turf Winter Update 2010

Follow a few simple steps and get your EMPIRE Turf looking great again after the cold southern winter of 2010.
Monday, March 15, 2010
St. Augustine Grass Winter Update 2010

This video will give you a few simple steps to get your St. Augustine grass looking in top shape after the cold southern winter of 2010.
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Celebration for Sports Venues Going Worldwide
Celebration Bermudagrass has been gaining popularity in the United States for use in major stadiums. Now other countries are following suit. Recently two facilities used by some of the best soccer teams in South America and Europe have changed their grass over to Celebration.

Botafogo FR, a soccer (futebol) club from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has put down Celebration on its home field of Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium, simply known as Engenhao. Botafogo FR belongs to the Major National League and recently won a State Championship.



The grass was put down last December because the Tifway 419 they were using was having issues dealing with heavy foot traffic and shade caused by the stadium overhangs. Celebration has rated best in test for both of those issues. The sod was provided by Itograss and installed by Greenleaf Gramados.

The other huge stadium recently installed hails from Spain. Spanish first division club Valencia CF put down Celebration leading into the 2009-2010 season at their home field since 1923, Estadio Mestalla. Sod was provided for the 55,000 seat stadium by Spanish company Ibergreen and put down last September. Valencia is one of the more successful clubs in Spanish football and has an extremely large worldwide fanbase.