“The Power of More Reward Club is designed to help make our customers’ lives easier,” says Karan Bansal, product manager with Dow AgroSciences Turf & Ornamental. “There are no season packs or preselected bundles required. Our customers have the freedom to decide.”The 2017-18 Power of More Reward Club program kicks off Oct. 1, 2017, and runs through Sept. 30, 2018. Completed rebate forms and invoices must be submitted by Jan. 15, 2018, to receive a check in March or submitted by Oct. 30, 2018, to receive a check in December. Products, program guidelines and submission forms are available at MyPowerofMore.com. Customers can contact their local distributor sales representative or a Dow AgroSciences sales representative for more information. ®™DOW Diamond and the Power of More Reward Club are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. Always read and follow label directions.
Identify problem weedsDon’t waste time and money trying to control the wrong weeds. It’s important to know your offenders ahead of time. Here are some weeds you can target with a fall application:
- Winter annuals, including chickweed, henbit and speedwell. They germinate in late summer and fall, survive through the winter and produce seed in the spring.
- Perennial weeds, such as dandelion, white clover and broadleaf plantain. They live for more than two years and reproduce by seed and the spread of vegetative parts. It is best to use systemic herbicides as they control the plant — roots and all.
Note weed hot spotsIdentify the places where you’ve had difficulties in the past. These weak spots will indicate when you should start your broadleaf weed control program in the fall.
Select the proper herbicideIf you make your application prior to germination, you’ll want to use a preemergence herbicide, such as Dimension® or Gallery® specialty herbicide. Gallery prevents broadleaf weeds that germinate in the fall, winter and spring. Dimension controls crabgrass and other grassy weeds. In the North, lawn care operators can make preemergence applications as early as Labor Day. In warmer climates, they can apply as late as October. If you are targeting perennials or weeds that have already germinated, try Defendor® specialty herbicide, a postemergence herbicide that works at preemergence timing. When applied in late fall or early spring, it will eliminate plant growth and prevent bloom.
Determine application timingThis step gives you your application window for the most effective control. Preemergence herbicides should be applied two weeks prior to weed seed germination. If you are using a postemergence herbicide, such as Defendor, you can make applications into late November. State restrictions on the sale and use of Defendor and Dimension specialty herbicide products apply. Consult the label before purchase or use for full details. Always read and follow label directions.
Treatment recommendationsApply a postemergence herbicide, such as Turflon® Ester Ultra specialty herbicide, in fall or spring once the weed is actively growing. Products containing triclopyr, the active ingredient in Turflon Ester Ultra, have proven to be highly effective in fall or spring — more effective than 2,4-D-based products during the difficult summer period. Alleviate shade, wet soil and poor fertility to help maintain control. State restrictions on the sale and use of Turflon Ester Ultra apply. Consult the label before purchase or use for full details.
Annual bluegrass weevil (ABW) is on the move. This pest continues to expand its range of impact, causing severe damage to tees, greens, fairways and collars. MatchPoint® insecticide is the latest innovation in ABW larvae control. With the power of spinosad and a new lignin technology, MatchPoint provides powerful control with convenient application flexibility.
MatchPoint controls the 1st and 2nd instars in the plant, making it an ideal choice for the first larval application in any rotation program. When applied according to label directions, MatchPoint will control up to the 5th instar and will stop ABW feeding immediately.
This advanced formulation offers more consistent control and gives you the freedom to make applications during a time that works for your schedule. MatchPoint can be applied at any point during the day and watering can be delayed up to 24 hours after an application.
MatchPoint is not registered for sale or use in all states. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state.
Spring successPreemergence herbicides are a reliable weed control method, and most must be applied prior to weed seed germination to be effective. Application timing varies based on the geographic location, but many weed seeds generally begin to germinate when the soil temperature is 50 degrees or warmer. Keep in mind that perennial weeds that have reproductive parts below ground will not be well controlled by a preemergence herbicide. Single applications are often very effective, but turf managers in areas with extremely high weed pressure use split-applications to get season-long control. Some will make an application in early spring and then another later in the season, spreading the full labeled rate over two visits. Most preemergence herbicides require a half inch of irrigation or rain to move the herbicide into the soil. For best results, make sure the treated area is watered within seven days of an application.
Weed control trifectaSuccessful preemergence weed control starts by using the right product at the right time. Dimension® specialty herbicide is the leading turf and ornamental product for preemergence and early postemergence crabgrass control, giving you the widest application window. For preemergence control, Dimension can be applied up to eight weeks prior to crabgrass germination. For early postemergence control, it can be applied up to crabgrass tillering in cool-season turf and up to the five-tiller stage in warm-season turf. It also offers preemergence control of 47 other grassy and broadleaf weeds. Gallery® specialty herbicide stops weeds before they germinate, so you won’t spend all season chasing them down with postemergence applications or hand-weeding. Gallery controls more than 95 broadleaf weeds in turf and ornamental settings, making it an ideal border-to-border solution. Do you treat landscape beds as well? Snapshot® specialty herbicide offers proven control of more than 125 broadleaf and grassy weeds, and minimizes the need for hand-weeding. It can be used around more than 635 ornamentals — more than any other granular preemergence herbicide on the market. Preemergence applications set the stage for season-long weed control. Regardless of the product used, always read and follow label directions to ensure success.
|Active ingredient||Dithiopyr||Isoxaben||Isoxaben + trifluralin|
|Formulation||Sprayable, granular, on-fertilizer||Sprayable||Granular|
|Weeds controlled||47 grassy and broadleaf weeds||96 broadleaf weeds||125 broadleaf and grassy weeds|
|Ornamental safety||490 landscape-, container- and field-grown||700 landscape- and field-grown 560 container-grown||635 landscape- and field-grown 485 container-grown|
You’re reliable, even when the weather isn’t. That’s why you need a dependable product that offers application flexibility from the first app to the last:
- Only Dimension® specialty herbicide controls crabgrass preemergence and early postemergence, eliminating the need to switch products after crabgrass has germinated.
- It offers a longer application window than other preemergence herbicides, giving you more time to make applications during your busiest season.
- For even more flexibility, you can apply Dimension with Defendor® specialty herbicide and knock out crabgrass and dandelion at the same time.
To learn more, visit the Dimension product page.
State restrictions on the sale and use of Defendor and Dimension specialty herbicide products apply. Consult the label before purchase or use for full details. Always read and follow label directions.
Combined effortsIn the second round, they used a granular version of Dimension® specialty herbicide to control crabgrass, and then they spot-sprayed any existing broadleaf weeds.
“It’s great to have options,” Brummel says. “Plus, we weren’t as rushed during the first application. We were able to spend more time making applications to ensure better coverage.”Brummel says they tried a different preemergence crabgrass herbicide in the past, but it stained driveways and equipment yellow, and they saw a lot of breakthrough. They are now 100 percent Dimension and make the bulk of their applications in March or April. “This product combination has made us more efficient,” Brummel says. “And it has allowed us to be more cost-effective.”
Mostly complimentsInstead of complaints or callbacks, he says his customers are commenting about the turf quality and lack of weeds. One apartment manager told him this was the first year she didn’t have to call and ask them to come back and re-treat. “Sometimes in this industry we can be shortsighted when it comes to paying costs up-front. We don’t see the big picture,” Brummel says. “Defendor as a broadcast is more expensive than spot-spraying with other postemergence herbicides, but we don’t have to deal with the additional costs associated with re-treating.” State restrictions on the sale and use of Defendor and Dimension specialty herbicide products apply. Consult the label before purchase or use for full details. Always read and follow label directions.
Some people think having a nice lawn is a luxury, but what they don’t understand are all the added benefits that a properly maintained green space offers. Increased oxygen, built-in temperature control and a natural space for leisure are just a few of the perks. According to ProjectEvergreen.org, green spaces filter pollutants and dust from the air, decrease soil erosion, retain rainfall and even help reduce temperatures.
“When we teach people about the benefits of grass and green space, we are essentially preserving our industry,” says Dr. Rodney St. John, agronomist at Ryan Lawn & Tree in Overland Park, Kansas. “We don’t want to focus on what people aren’t doing or maybe doing incorrectly, instead we talk to them about how simple practices like proper watering, mowing and raking can make all the difference.”
St. John has made it his mission to provide customers with the type of information they can’t find online. Each route manager has specific customers assigned to them. Those customers are given the personal phone number of their route manager and encouraged to call him or her whenever they have a question about lawn care.
“We want to make it easy for the homeowner,” St. John explains. “Once you build this partnership, your customers will see you as a resource. Over time, this also encourages them to play more of a hands-on role in the maintenance of their lawn.”
Teaching the teacher
Each winter, the more than 250 employees that work at Ryan Lawn & Tree go through mandatory training to sharpen their product knowledge and customer service skills.
“We spend time on agricultural and agronomic issues, but we also want to make sure that our turf, pruning, irrigation and plant health care route managers are comfortable speaking to customers,” says St. John. “They are representing the company, so it’s important that they articulate smoothly, confidently and accurately.”
The training also allows the company to keep employees on full time. These sessions generally start in January and run through mid-February or as soon as the first applications of the season can go down.
“Not everyone receives the same training. We try to tailor the content, so it’s more applicable to each department,” St. John explains. “In the past, we’ve brought in outside speakers, in addition to having managers train their departments. It’s a very hands-on effort, something that we want our employees to look forward to during downtime.”
They’ve also held a few summer field days where the employees are cross-trained on the various departments.
“These sessions have been wildly successful with helping our staff understand how and why we do things,” he says.
There are many different ways a company can communicate with customers, but St. John has noticed that the personal touches make the difference. Each route manager is asked to write a note after each customer visit.
“It doesn’t have to say much, just include something nice about the property,” he says. “Tell them you noticed the fresh mulch they put in their landscape beds or what a good job they’ve done mowing.”
Ryan Lawn & Tree also distributes a customer newsletter each month. It talks about some services, but mostly it focuses on topics unrelated to the company, such as tips for proper irrigation, how to plant a vegetable garden or popular summer flowers.
Social media has also made a big impact in terms of sales and communication.
“Similar to our newsletters, we’ll post some promotional copy, but a lot of the information we share on social media is more human interest,” he says. “We can’t be with our customers 24/7, so this has been a great opportunity to continue that line of communication.”
When St. John isn’t at the office, you can find him imparting his wisdom on groups around Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. He’s spoken to master gardener classes, church groups, homeowners’ associations, local gardening clubs and small-business lunch groups. He also helps write and publish articles internally and externally, and he contributes to a local morning variety show, KCLive, where he offers landscape tips. Before joining the Ryan Lawn & Tree team, he worked as a Kansas State turfgrass Extension specialist.
“I want people to enjoy their lawns, gardens and green spaces,” St. John says. “And when you understand the importance of healthy landscapes, you’re able to appreciate them that much more.”