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Living Turf® Acquires IPOS® & TurfSafe®

Living Turf is pleased to announce the acquisition of IPOS Consulting (IPOS – Sports Ground Management Information System, inc' TurfSafe), effective July 1st, 2022. IPOS will join the current suite of digital tools for turf management, hosted by Turf Forensics® - the home of My-Results®, My-Climate®, My-Apply®, POGO® & TurfKeeper. IPOS Consulting is the brainchild of founder Gerry Charlton, a Local Government Specialist from South Australia.  Gerry is widely known for project managing and authoring  the ‘SA Water Code of Practice – Irrigated Public Open Space’.  After being seconded during the 2007 drought to develop the Code, Gerry resigned his senior role with City of Salisbury Council and founded IPOS to apply his own knowledge to service local governments.   While… ...Read More

Streamline your Compliance when Spraying & Spreading

Living Turf is proud to present My-Apply®, the latest digital tool for turf managers from Turf Forensics®.  My-Apply® is cloud-based platform, that helps to plan, allocate, execute, and securely store all your spray / spread records, conveniently inside your personal My-Results® account.  At Living Turf, we’re always seeking ways for our clients to simplify, or improve their turf operations.  Our own experience with Precision Turf® (a professional spraying & spreading service for Sportsfields & Urban Green Space), has led to the development of My-Apply®.  Like our clients, we understand how time-consuming and cumbersome it can be to keep accurate, compliant… ...Read More

Happy Birthday Living Turf NZ

Having braved pandemic lockdowns to establish a New Zealand base, it is 1 year ago today that Living Turf completed the acquisition of Turfgrass Specialists, a legacy NZ business.  Based in Auckland, our Living Turf team are celebrating a stellar year, with major achievements that include establishing a South Island base, through the appointment of Grant Bunting.  Then, we won Agency for Syngenta (Plant Protection Products), allowing our team to steward this globally recognised product range throughout New Zealand.  More recently, Shaun Davies (Hamilton Stadium) was recruited to manage the Waikato / Bay of Plenty sales territory.  Shaun joins Joe… ...Read More

The Perfect Partnership Achieves Global Recognition

In 2019, Rain Bird Australia boldly changed their Australian distribution model, and appointed Living Turf as ‘Master Distributor for Golf Products’. Immediately coined ‘The Perfect Partnership’, the vision was that Irrigation + Agronomy belonged together, in the same conversation, and managed by the same distribution partner.  Rain Bird recruited Living Turf as their agronomy partner, and 2 years on that decision has been validated, with Living Turf sweeping the pool at Rain Bird’s Global Awards Ceremony for 2021. Prior to 2019, Living Turf had only minor involvement in the irrigation sector.  But after signing with Rain Bird, Living Turf immediately recruited Mac Ross,… ...Read More

A Partnership that benefits every Australian sports ground

Living Turf and FountainLine are now exclusively aligned to deliver this unique product suite to the professional turf market. Over the last 12 months, Living Turf has had the privilege of supplying FountainLine paint and line markers to sports turf managers across the country. Due to the success of this early venture, we are pleased to announce that this partnership will develop further in 2022, with Living Turf adopting Master Distribution.  For Sports Turf Managers, that means you can access FountainLine products, service, and expertise anywhere in Australia, either from Living Turf’s extensive field sales force, or through our trained… ...Read More

LIVING TURF JOINS SSROC PANEL

The Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) is an association of 11 councils spanning Sydney’s southern, eastern, central, and inner west suburbs.  The SSROC contract for supply of horticultural products and services has long been known by industry as due recognition for excellence, by businesses chosen to participate on their vendor panel. From 1st October 2021, Living Turf takes up its position on this panel, and in turn introduce our unique product and service offering to member councils.  Headquartered in Marrickville, Living Turf is nestled right in SSROC territory, and with our technical sales representatives being well known to… ...Read More

CRAIG CAMPBELL JOINS LIVING TURF

Living Turf is pleased to announce that Craig Campbell, well known Sydney based Technical Sales Representative, will join our team effective Thursday 2nd September 2021. Having a long-standing professional association with the Living Turf team, Craig brings a strong understanding and involvement with the bowls, local government, and public green space sectors.  Having qualified with a greenkeeping trade (bowling greens), Craig's commercial experience stretches back over 20 years with a single employer (Globe), who recently exited the professional turf market.  Craig's appointment to Living Turf follows the recruitment of other prominent territory managers from Globe, including Jeff Bowtell and Craig… ...Read More

TURF DOGS 2022 CALENDAR: SPOTLIGHT ON JAGGER

In our second year running, we asked our customers to enter their turf dogs for a chance to feature their pooches in our Living Turf 2022 Turf Dogs Down Under Calendar. We've received many fantastic entries from right across Australia and New Zealand, and prior to entries closing, we would like to shine a SPOTLIGHT on one of our lovely Turf Dog entrants! So, meet Jagger! Jagger is a 4 year old Border Collie from Kwinana Golf Club in Western Australia. Jagger is the executive assistant of Peter Fleming (Golf Course Superintendent). Jagger spends his days at work shadowing Peter across the course,… ...Read More

THE PERFECT PARTNERSHIP TURNS TWO YEARS OLD

  In August 2021, Living Turf celebrate our 2nd anniversary as National Distributor for Rain Bird Golf Products. First pitched as The Perfect Partnership (combining Irrigation + Agronomy), Living Turf set out to bring value to the Irrigation sector, determined not to be just another link in the supply chain.  Now with Irrigation specialists embedded in every state, customers really are only a phone call away from Living Turf’s technical and sales support for Rain Bird Products and Technology. The Western Australian market is supported by Living Turf Irrigation Specialist, Tyson Riley, who is a weapon when it comes to Rain Bird technology.  A factory trained technician,… ...Read More

JOHN FORREST JOINS LIVING TURF IN WA

It is with great pleasure that Living Turf announce the appointment of John Forrest, as Turf Agronomist, to their team in WA. John brings a wealth of qualifications and experience to the Turf market coming from his early days as a turf practitioner, then 24 years as a Turf and Horticultural Lecturer, along with 16 years as a Horticultural Consultant. John is a trusted advisor and mentor to so many people in WA, is highly regarded and respected, and has strong long-term relationships throughout the Turf Industry nationally. Living Turf CEO Rob Cooper said, “We are thrilled to welcome John… ...Read More

MIKE “DARLO” DARLINGTON RETIRES

Dear Friends,We wish Mike Darlington all the very best for his retirement, after an incredible career in the turf industry. Mike has worked at Living Turf for the past 10 years, and can be credited with helping shape our friendly, open, and professional culture. Mike is well known among the Bowling Green industry and wider turf community, with over 40 years of experience. Through his extensive journey, Mike has seen many changes in the way we manage turf, with a firm understanding of where the industry has come from, what's worked, what hasn't, and why certain directions are more likely… ...Read More

MAP YOUR IRRIGATION WITH POGO

Friday 9 July 2021 POGO is a digital tool for turf management, that has inspired Living Turf and our clients, to innovate far beyond just seeing how your turf is feeling.  I want to share my experience working with the mapping of irrigation lines in POGO. This is an awesome feature because it is so good in its application and practicality for turf management operations. When we think of why we need maps 99% of the time on a golf course, or anywhere else for that matter, it is generally years after the installation, and nobody remembers where things are - "Does… ...Read More

AGRONOMY TALENT FINDS A HOME AT LIVING TURF

Recent, unexpected, and much publicised corporate restructuring in the commercial turf space has created new opportunities for several talented professionals in our industry. Living Turf is pleased to announce that a number of these talented people have agreed to join our team. We can now publicly celebrate the following appointments:Jeff Bowtell, National Sales & Operations Manager of Globe Australia, and long serving Newcastle Technical representative, will join Living Turf, on the 1st of July 2021. Jeff will be joined by prominent territory managers Craig Jones (Newcastle & Hunter), Kevin Booth (Sydney & West), and Luke Clohesy (South Australia). “Globe Australia… ...Read More

MATCHPlay – Better Turf Surfaces with Less Environmental Impact

MatchPlay Superior Liquids bring the science of soil biology to life, while a My-Results biology test  can measure, track & validate microbe population balance & diversity.     Managing high value turf in sand profiles is where Matchplay Superior Liquids first came to prominence.  The patented manufacturing system, born in the Riverina (NSW), first made its way into the professional turf arena via Canberra Stadium, nearly a decade ago.  Word soon spread between major Australian stadium managers and it wasn’t long before Matchplay got involved.  Distribution through Living Turf followed, and now this unique liquid nutrient technology is available throught Australia… ...Read More

Living Turf lands in New Zealand

In an exciting ‘Trans-Tasman’ development, Turfgrass Specialists (TGS) are being acquired by Living Turf, effective April 1st, 2021. Turfgrass Specialists are a legacy NZ business, with a long history of serving the professional turf market.  Based in Auckland, TGS purchased ‘Evans Turf’ in 2018, further consolidating themselves as an asset to the NZ Turf Industry.  Continued sophistication ensued with TGS licensing the My-Results analytical platform in 2019, and also winning the NZ agency for MATCHplay products.  Part of the 2019 MATCHplay deal included a license for NZ manufacture of Superior Turf Liquids, which are known for their soil enhancing beneficial… ...Read More

Easy open, fast and safe. Our new and innovative way to get to your MATCHPlay products.

Living Turf are pleased to introduce our latest innovation of packaging for our MATCHPlay product range.  In recent times the industry standard for fertiliser bags have always been poly woven bags that are sown shut. We as turf managers have noticed that opening and pouring them can be quite challenging. A stanley knife is often needed to cut the bags to open them, which often results in the shredding of the material and even spilt products, whilst also rendering the bag useless after cutting. Our MATCHPlay bag features a one time easy tear tag at the top of the bag.  Once… ...Read More

Matt McLeod joins Living Turf – Victoria

We are pleased to announce that Matt McLeod will join Living Turf, effective January 15, 2021. Matt will work with our Melbourne based business unit as a Sales Agronomist and will be tasked with representing our product and service offering in the north of Victoria.  Matt’s territory is yet to be defined, but in rough terms it will stretch along the Murray River from Albury to Mildura, north to the Riverina and South to Shepparton. With Matt living smack bang in the middle of this territory our metropolitan based team, including Mark Prosser, Tim Bilston, and Adam Bell, can concentrate… ...Read More

LEEMCO PIPING SOLUTIONS APPOINT LIVING TURF AS NATIONAL DISTRIBUTION PARTNER

Living Turf are the leading distributor of scientific turf management products and services to the Australian Turf Industry. Based out of California, Leemco offers a full line of high strength, corrosion resistant, ductile iron fittings, joint restraints, saddles, valves, HDPE plastic products and stainless-steel products. Leemco is committed to providing unprecedented irrigation innovations, service and support throughout the United States and International Markets. Many of the fittings offer unique features that provide long term reliability, save installation time and are underpinned with long term warranties. To date, Leemco fittings have not been distributed in Australia, but they have been used… ...Read More

LIVING TURF TEAM UP WITH FOUNTAINLINE

FountainLine® is an Australia made, market leading manufacturer of grass line marking machines, grass line marking paints and various accessories. Living Turf® is an Australian owned distributor of professional turf products, providing expert agronomic support to golf, sports and open space across Australia. Line marking machines, paints and associated accessories represent a significant product category in the professional turf market. Turf managers select products in this category for their ease of application, brilliance in appearance and longevity on the ground. The last thing sports clubs, administrators and ground managers need is to be reapplying field line marking every time it… ...Read More

Happy Anniversary to “The Perfect Partnership”

Living Turf recently celebrated 12-months as the National Distributor for Rain Bird Golf products. First positioned as the Perfect Partnership (combining Irrigation + Agronomy, success required that Living Turf learn a whole new market sector, which is very different to the agronomy sector we were used to. We take this opportunity to reflect on the key milestones that have shaped the Living Turf Irrigation Business. Living Turf WA was the business model that Living Turf chose to test the water – so to speak. Irrigation specialist, Tyson Riley, was recruited from day one, to underpin the WA agronomy sales team… ...Read More

Paul Looby joins Living Turf in Nth Qld

Turf ecology specialist Paul Looby has joined the Living Turf team in Far Nth QLD, as Technical Service Representative. Paul is a highly regarded turf scientist, with national experience and a strong network of professional turf contacts. Having had a long-standing association with Chris Johnstone (Living Turf Sales Manager Nth Qld), Paul’s appointment to this role is a natural fit. Living Turf Managing Director, Rob Cooper says “It is a challenge to properly service this vast North and Far North Queensland region.  Having a dedicated technical specialist working alongside a sales operative just makes sense.  It means we can respond… ...Read More

FAST & CONSISTENT GREEN SPEED – ALL YEAR ROUND

Back in 2001, David Mitchell (Mitchell Products) recruited a renowned surfactant chemist, Dr Santi Mane, to help solve a baffling commercial problem. David was in the sand business, and one of his golf products was a dry topdressing mix of sand and peat humates, which when kiln dried became incredibly hydrophobic.  Dr Santi overcame this problem, and in doing so created her masterpiece – Tricure® - 100% wetting agent active ingredient (no solvents or additives), incredibly effective on organic matter & completely safe to turf. Tricure® was subsequently launched to the turf industry and has since become the most renowned treatment for hydrophobic turf… ...Read More

WETOUT® – New Generation Surfactant

Every once in a while, a product comes along that immediately puts a gap between itself and other products in its category, and WETOUT® is just that. When SST first showed Living Turf what this vegetable-based surfactant could do, we immediately thought of better turf mite control, improved coverage of colourants and pigments.  Then, when we tested WETOUT® we were blown away by its versatility, compared to other non-ionic surfactants.  WETOUT® really is the next generation of spray adjuvant (surfactant) and Living Turf are thrilled to represent it exclusively for the Australian Turf market. In turf situations, spray droplet coverage… ...Read More

Martin O’Malley joins Living Turf / Rain Bird partnership

Living Turf is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin O’Malley, to the role of Technical Sales – Irrigation. Widely recognised as an NSW based irrigation specialist, Martin will join Living Turf’s sales force, principally to provide expert advice, customer support and after sales service on the Rain Bird line of irrigation products.  Martin O’Malley is a country boy at heart, with a family property at Coolah, North West of Mudgee.  He came to the city as a young bloke for work experience at Parramatta Stadium, and was inspired sufficiently to pursue a career at major NSW venues, including Muirfield,… ...Read More

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

Adam Bell joins Living Turf – Victoria

Turf ecology specialists Living Turf have recruited Adam Bell to the Victorian team. A highly regarded turf agronomy specialist himself, Adam brings with him a strong network of professional contacts and an intimate understanding of the Victorian turf market. Adam has been serving the Victorian turf industry as a sales representative for the best part of a decade.  His passion for our industry stems from an extensive practical background, having worked at Cape Schank (tradesman) and Peterborough Golf Clubs (Apprentice & Superintendent), and Melbourne University where Adam started as a Trainee in Horticulture. With Living Turf holding master distribution for… ...Read More

Living Turf Recruit Chris Johnstone – North & Far North Queensland

Turf ecology specialists Living Turf are pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Johnstone to the Queensland team. A Bowling Greenkeeper by trade, Chris has spent the past decade serving the North and Far North Queensland turf market as a sales representative. As a result, he has developed a strong business network in the regions from Rockhampton to Port Douglas A true Queenslander, Chris is passionate about the Sports Turf industry.  In representing the interests of the local industry through associations and business development, Chris also has made many professional contacts throughout Australia. “I have watched the growth of Living… ...Read More

Introducing our latest MATCHPlay product – MP Verdant® …your edge on pigment this winter!

Living Turf® is proud to announce our latest product MP Verdant® which joins our MATCHPlay portfolio range. MP Verdant® is a pigment for turf with unique features and benefits that include: enhances and extends aesthetic appearance of turfdevelops into a dark natural green colourincreases light absorption due to its similarity to chlorophyllincreases soil and surface temperatures during cool conditions assists with turf quality during warm summer months through increased reflectance. Product Information also available here. Trial plots of MP Verdant® result 48 hours after application - photo taken 29 April 2020 Speak to your Living Turf Specialist about the MatchPlay®… ...Read More

Tim Bilston joins Living Turf Victoria on 30th March 2020

Turf ecology specialists Living Turf have appointed Tim Bilston to their Victorian sales team. A highly regarded turf agronomy specialist himself, Tim Bilston brings a strong network of professional contacts and a wealth of turf industry knowledge & experience. Tim’s professional history includes 5 years as Superintendent of Heidelberg Golf Club in Victoria, prior to a commercial role in turf product sales.  Most recently Tim has worked in Victoria & South Australia as a Territory Manager for Syngenta - an industry leading plant protection product manufacturer for the global speciality turf market.  “Practically speaking, my motivation for joining Living Turf… ...Read More