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POGO APPOINT LIVING TURF AS EXCLUSIVE AGENTS IN AUSTRALIA

POGO Pro+ is a world-renowned scientific turf measuring probe that allows you to ‘see exactly what your turf is feeling’.  Living Turf are the leading distributor of scientific turf management products and services to the Australian Turf Industry. The POGO System was recently appointed by the PGA as the preferred measure of playing surface condition for affiliated tournament golf events.   POGO Pro+ is a portable, wireless, durable and easy-to-use tool that collects precise data including moisture, salinity, canopy and soil temperature.  It is based on a patented soil sensor called HydraProbe™ and is accurate in all soils without calibration.… ...Read More

MatchPlay® Superior Liquid Range – Boosting Cell Strength and Defences

As a cool spring winds down, it is important to start conditioning turf to handle the rigours of summer that are sure to come. Summer stresses will be along and having structurally strong turf with an activated immune system is a cornerstone of allowing turf to adapt prior to the onset of stress. Silicon (Si) and Silica (SiO2) are relatively abundant in soil, but due to their low solubility they are not plant available. Monosilicic acid (MSA) is the highly plant available form that is readily absorbed by roots and foliage – it has may advantages in the plant –… ...Read More

MatchPlay® Superior Liquid Range – Boosting Soil Biology

As spring continues to ramp up and soil temperatures are on a steady climb it is an opportune time to consider boosting the population of beneficial microbes in the soil. Don’t underestimate the benefits that a healthy rhizosphere can mean to supporting a consistent playing surface. The rhizosphere is the “halo” immediately surrounding the roots in the soil and it is here that the highest population of microbes congregate. Building the populations in the soil have benefits around breakdown of organic matter, assistance in nutrient mineralisation and release, competition with pathogens and many more. MP Promote is a concentrated inoculum… ...Read More

MatchPlay® Superior Liquids Range

MatchPlay® is a truly home grown Aussie local. MatchPlay® employs extensive local expertise to develop products that match the needs of Australian turf managers. We are proud of the fact that MatchPlay® products are expertly formulated and quality controlled to provide reliable performance, every time. None speak more to these qualities than the MatchPlay® Superior Liquids Range. This innovative range of organic biologically enhanced liquid products are all locally developed and formulated. They contain soil stable nutrients and nitrogen in a protein form that will not burn turf and is proven to be less susceptible to leaching. Nutrients, stimulants and… ...Read More

Plant Health, Root Development and Turf Stress

On a recent trip to Rutgers University in New Jersey, David and I met with Dr. Bingru Yuang, Professor II and Chair in Turfgrass Science at the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology. She is an expert on plant health and bio-stimulants with particular interest in stress management.  Many companies utilise her research program for independent testing of their products.  She was careful not to give away any secrets, but still shared a lot of good information with us.  Just a good conversation on what works, what doesn’t work and the best uses to benefit plant health. Here are some of the interesting discussion points in short… ...Read More

Anthracnose Prevention in Poa annua

Last season Anthracnose was the cause of a number of issues in mixed Poa annua greens.  We thought that the below summary of comments  might be of interest as we approach what promises to be a wet and warm season.  The below obviously depends on the level of desire to maintain the Poa component in mixed greens.  Combining some of the cultural, nutritional and protection suggestions below should see you producing the best possible product for your golfing customers. Please feel free to contact your Living Turf Representative if you would like to discuss Anthracnose and its prevention and control any further. ...Read More