From the Field


Tenacity Herbicide Approved for Residential Lawns

Tenacity herbicide from Syngenta Professional Products has been approved by the U.S. EPA for use on residential lawns. The selective preemergence and postemergence herbicide controls 46 broadleaf weeds and undesired grasses in most cool-season turf types. In addition to weed control in established turf, it can be applied at seeding to reduce weed competition for improved seedling development.

Direct Solutions New Distribution Partner for MultiGuard Protect EC

Agrium Advanced Technologies Direct Solutions has announced their agreement with AgriGuard Co. LLC to become the exclusive North American distribution reseller of MultiGuard Protect EC, a natural contact emulsifiable concentrate nematicide designed to control harmful nematodes on turf.

As the new direct-to-market sales division of Agrium, Direct Solutions has more than 100 industry field representatives specializing in the professional turf and horticulture industries.

The Bayer TopChoice Toolkit is Back

Bayer’s customized marketing tool for lawn care operators that helps spread the word to customers about fire ant control with their product TopChoice is back. The toolkit, at, features promotional door hangers and coupons, as well as more ideas and items to help increase the professional’s income.

Overture Insecticide Registered in California

Overture Insecticide from Valent Professional Products has been registered in California for use on greenhouse-grown ornamental crops, and will provide growers consistent, effective control of thrips and lepidopterous larvae.

With its registration in California, Overture is now available for use in all 50 states.

VanBibber Retires from PBI/Gordon

Laylah VanBibber, director of marketing for PBI/Gordon Corp., has announced her retirement, effective June 1. She celebrated her 25th anniversary with the company in February. VanBibber’s early retirement will allow her to be more involved with her granddaughter’s care and treatment for bipolar disorder and Asperger’s syndrome.

April Allenbrand who has been with the company since April 2010 will be assuming VanBibber’s marketing and communications responsibilities. Mary Ellen Scheib will remain the key contact for the turf and ornamental industry.