Fall is the time for Turf!

by Joe Magazzi Have you thought about your fall turf applications yet?  A great time to treat your turf is in early September (just a couple of weeks away) when the nights start to get cooler and the dew helps keep the soil moist. The fall application is critical for turf care; it is during this period that established grass will really grow roots with a burst of under-the-soil growth. The fall is also the best time of the year for putting in new turf with seeding and/or over-seeding. In either case, a treatment with a combination of Quantum Growth and Neptune's Harvest 2-0-2 Turf Formula (no phosphorous) formulation will pay huge dividends - not only for greener lawns deeper into the fall and winter, but also for a quicker greening in the spring and healthier, thicker turf for the entire year. Quantum Growth is simply probiotics for plants, trees and turf. Soil biology supplementation is quickly becoming a norm in the green industries with new exciting research coming out every day…

Beetles, Beetles and more Beetles! by Joe Magazzi

It is that time of the year again - July 4th barbecues, extensive heat and yes - the first sightings of beetles!  The beetles you see now that are busy decimating your plants are in their last adult life cycle stage. These beetles are the adult form of white grubs (the larvae).  Once these adults decimate your landscape and crops, the beetles will lay their eggs in the later summer/early fall to start the next life cycle.  The eggs will develop into young grubs as the summer winds down, and those larval beetles will then turn their attention to the next headache for you…eating your turf grass and plant roots. With multiple ways of causing problems, beetles and their grubs will provide you with an entire season of angst!  Have no fear, however, Green Earth Ag & Turf has many organic methods to control these pests and help you spend more time enjoying the summer instead of fighting insects.
Like clockwork, the Japanese Beetles showed up in New England on July 1st. We spotted our firs…

Welcome, HALO!

Welcome, HALO! by Jenna Messier
After much anticipation, ICT Organics released its new 25(b) weed killer, HALO, this Spring!  Our customers have been trialing the product over the past few months, and we have heard some great reports about the efficacy of this product.  

Here are some tips for using HALO:
HALO offers two rates of application, per the label, which you will choose depending upon the weed pressure in your lawn.
Low Rate: 7 oz. HALO in 1.5 to 2 gallons of water per 1000 sq. ft.High Rate: 10 oz. HALO in 1.5 to 2 gallons of water per 1000 sq. ft.Spot spray: 10 oz. in 1 gallon of water.
Additional Tips from the Manufacturer: To maximize results of HALO, apply with PRE-EMERG liquid, a product also produced by ICT, pre-emergent weed killer to kill both visible weeds (with HALO) and weed seeds (with PRE-EMERG). HALO and PRE-EMERG are highly compatible and can be tank mixed and sprayed together.For optimal results, apply to weeds during ear…

Red Thread - Plan Your Attack on This Fungal Disease!

Red Thread & Pink Patch – Plan your attack on these fungal diseases!
by Joe Magazzi
We have been receiving many questions about Red Thread and Pink Patch, which are fungal diseases that can occur in turf grass.  These diseases are usually easy to identify by patches of pink or red discoloration on turf grass. These diseases tend to appear and be most active when temperatures are around 70°F, but they can start to grow with lower temperatures.  These diseases also appear during periods of wet weather, such as we have experienced in the Northeast this Spring.  Due to a convergence of these warm and wet weather conditions, Red Thread and Pink Patch are thriving and very prevalent in turf grass. 
Red Thread and Pink Patch are generally aesthetic diseases that can be controlled both by adjusting your fertility and cultural practices. However, in severe cases, these diseases (especially Red Thread) can be destructive to rye grasses and fescues – species prevalent in the northern part of t…