Turf Magazine - February, 2014

DEPARTMENTS

What's New!

Smart Storage

Backyard Pool Products.com has introduced a line of durable trailer tongue boxes that mount on the front of A-frame style trailers to convert unused space into a secure storage area. The boxes corral a variety of loose equipment in one bin, eliminating the need to tie them down to the trailer along with the risk of their leaving the trailer during transit or via theft from the jobsite.

The plastic trailer tongue boxes come with a steel hinge pin and a steel hasp for installing a lock, and measure nearly 3 feet in length. Lock sold separately.

For more information, go to http://www.backyardpoolproducts.com.

Abolish Algae

Aquascape Algaecide is a liquid algae control product ideal for use in ornamental fish ponds, water gardens, fountains and container water gardens. The algaecide stops algae growth, eliminates green water, is fast-acting and easy to use. It is available in four sizes ranging from an 8.5-ounce bottle treating up to 2,500 gallons of water to a 1-gallon container treating up to 40,000 gallons of water.

Visit http://www.aquascapeinc.com for information.

Suck it Up!

The Brown Blower Vacuum System is a powerful, heavy-duty vacuum assembly that attaches to the Brown Ride-On Blower-Vac using the ALU4000 Attachment Lift Unit. This system is constructed using a combination of steel and roto-molded plastic. Change from vacuum mode to blower mode in two minutes. Total system includes debris collection trailer and Totem 96-gallon collection container. Ideal for picking up trash from parking lots, athletic fields, parks and playgrounds. Choice of Honda or Subaru V-Twin engines.

For details, visit http://www.brownproducts.com.

Clean Sweep

SweepEx walk-behind rotary brooms have an efficient design for working against walls or in open areas, and offer ergonomic features for comfortable, easy-to-use operation.

Model SWB-320 is the most compact broom in the line, offering a 32-inch working width, one-speed transmission and highly maneuverable design. Model SWB-400 has a 40-inch working width and additional features, such as a three-speed transmission with reverse, locking differential, multi-step brush speed and variable down pressure. Model SWB-480 includes all functionality of the SWB-400, but with a 48-inch working width and infinitely variable brush speed.

Each model has a Honda engine and centrally driven brush, allowing the unit to work against curbs or walls from either the right- or left-hand side of the machine. The brush has five angle settings to control the windrow of debris, and the broom hood is constructed of highly durable, elastic material to help prevent damage. For comfortable operation, the brooms offer intuitive controls and seven-position handle height, and the handlebars fold for easy storage.

The brooms are available with a variety of options, including a debris collector box, leaf collector, protective cover and winter-tread wheel set. Several brush kits are also available to accommodate special applications, such as snow, tough dirt and sensitive surfaces.

For details, visit http://www.sweepexproducts.com.

Triple Shot

A multiple action insecticide providing fast-acting, long-lasting broad-spectrum control of more than 30 aboveground and belowground turf and ornamental pests, Triple Crown T&O insecticide from FMC Professional Solutions is registered for use on lawn and landscaped areas around residential, institutional, public, commercial and industrial buildings, parks, recreational areas and athletic fields.

Triple Crown is an innovative three-way combination of FMC bifenthrin, FMC zeta-cypermethrin and imidacloprid, offering multiple modes of action on key pests including ants, fire ants, grubs (masked chafer, European chafer and Japanese beetle), chinch bugs, annual bluegrass weevils, ticks, mites, billbugs, mole crickets and more.

Itis labeled for broadcast lawn treatments, mound treatments and landscape applications.

Available in an EW formulation, it works through contact, translaminar and systemic activity, providing protection against sucking pests that feed on a plant's vascular system, as well as foliar-feeding insects.

For more information, visit http://www.fmcprosolutions.com.

Healthy Turf From the Inside

Rhizonify, a technologically advanced, value-added formulation from Grigg Brothers, designed to facilitate the interaction of turfgrass roots with water, nutrients and sugars in the rhizosphere to improve rooting, enhance plant energy status and promote turfgrass vigor in challenging soil conditions or during environmental stress.

Applications enhance and replenish plant and soil carbohydrates in the rhizosphere to successfully overcome limitations encountered during many conditions turfgrass managers face. In some locations, adverse soil conditions warrant its use as part of a general maintenance strategy.

Placement and solubility of the carbohydrate and nutrient contained in Rhizonify determine its efficacy. It was strategically developed and formulated with a specifically designed wetting agent to improve water penetration and nutrient placement, and the wetting agent technology also provides a uniform soil wetting front for the carbohydrates and nutrient contained in the product to reach its target: the entire rhizosphere. It also provides a useful tool to manage and promote recovery from hydrophobic soil conditions or localized dry spot (LDS).

For more information, go to http://www.griggbros.com.

Irrigation Evolution

Toro's EVOLUTION was designed to perform like a traditional time-based controller, but could evolve into a "smart" controller with water-saving upgrades that can be added during installation or over time as the customer's needs evolve.

The base model allows contractors to extend their sales cycle after installing the controller. With the simple addition of Toro's wireless Smart Connect feature, contractors can provide smart irrigation products including rain/moisture sensors, a weather sensor, hand-held remote control, and even auxiliary features such as landscape lighting.

For more information, visit http://www.toro.com/evolution.

Move More Snow

ACE Torwel's new and improved Heavy-Duty Sno Pushers from 8- to 18-foot widths feature upgrade such as adjustable skid/wear shoes and easy-to-use attachment systems that include the universal skid steer mounting system and the new versatile utility tractor/loader global mounting system.

Available for loaders, backhoes, utility tractors and skid steers, the snow pushers have a heavy-duty 8-by-1.5-inch continuous rubber cutting edge.

Go to http://www.acetorwel.com for details.

Tackle Timber with the Timber Wolf

The ECHO Timber Wolf CS-590 features a 59.8cc engine, as well as a decompression valve and digital ignition system for easier starter pulls and smooth, quick acceleration. The heavy-duty, easy-access two-piece air filter has a greater surface area for maximum filtration and easy cleaning and the G-Force Engine Air Pre Cleaner offers reduced air filter maintenance. Other features include a side access chain tensioner for easy adjustments and dual-post chain brake system for durability and safety. It is available in both 18- and 20-inch bar lengths.

Go to http://www.echo-usa.com to learn more.

Advanced Water Metering

Octave, a technically-advanced ultrasonic water meter that utilizes double-beam sensors to monitor flow, offers a new level of accuracy to measuring flow data because the water flow path is unrestricted, and there are no moving parts or impeller, which typically propel a meter's register.

From Netafim, the meter's measurement method is based on dual-beam sensors that determine the length of time it takes an ultrasonic wave to travel the distance between the two sensors located in the meter's body. The sensors alternate as both senders and receivers with the ultrasonic waves traveling both with and against the direction of the flow. The flow rate is determined by the time differences between the two waves.

The meter features an easy-to-read, multi-line digital LCD display that provides immediate reporting and visual indicators for critical conditions. The display includes volume units, flow rate units, flow director, leak detector, alarms and errors, and more.

Octave is available in sizes from 2 to 12 inches and monitors flow ranges from 1 GPM to 5,500 GPM. It is recommended for use on large residential sites, commercial properties, sports fields, golf courses and other turf areas.

Visit http://www.netafimusa.com for details.

Keep Track of Your Fleet with StreetSmart

Xora, Inc.'s Xora StreetSmart adds Mileage Manager to its mobile workforce management solution. With this new capability, mobile workers equipped with the associated Trips mobile app are able to track and submit mileage and related trip expenses, and managers gain greater visibility into expected versus actual routes by comparing odometer, GPS and Google suggested routes. Mileage Manager supports IRS requirements with configurable trip categories, purpose and reimbursement rates. With these new capabilities companies are able to manage and analyze mileage costs, billing and reimbursements.

Xora StreetSmart is a suite of configurable mobile apps, plus a Web-based management application. The mobile apps turn any mobile phone or tablet into a powerful productivity tool, and the management application lets managers and office personnel analyze performance for better decision-making. Mileage Manager streamlines mileage and expense submission and analysis. Mobile timesheets save time and reduce errors, and mobile forms and mobile jobs reduce phone tag and manual paperwork. Photo and electronic-signature capture provide proof of service.

In addition to Mileage Manager, this release of Xora StreetSmart includes new and improved mobile device insights, such as a Device Status Log, new device battery level indicators and alerts that enable managers to proactively identify and resolve issues that arise with mobile devices in the field and improve the way these devices are used for maximum productivity.

Visit http://www.xora.com for information.