Best of 2019: Top Turf Resources + Articles You Might Have Missed

With 2020 just around the corner, it’s a great opportunity to take a look back at the best turf resources and articles of 2019. If these resources are new to you or you missed the articles during the recent season, now is the perfect time to review them and prepare for 2020!

We’ve connected with our turf experts, Anthony Pignataro (Northeast Turf Director) and John Huber (Sustainable Products Manager) to see what online resources they rely on to make sure they are up-to-date on the newest in the industry.

Extension Services: Universities or Local Government
When it comes to turf, local is better. Utilize local resources such as university departments or local government departments to help you solve issues for turf. If you are unaware of what those are in your local area, connect with your Central rep and he can help point you in the right direction. Agronomic departments at local universities are up-to-date on the latest local issues from farming, viniculture, horticulture and the turf industry. It’s a great place to start.

Manufacturers Websites
Manufacturer websites are an excellent resource for product information, labels and SDS. Beyond product information, many of these sites have access training, videos, end-user rebates, support, and more.

SolidFoodWeb is an excellent resource for learning about soil health and using a 3-step approach to achieve regeneration. Its mission is to empower individuals and organizations to regenerate the soils in their communities.

This site offers training workshops, access to consultants, and training videos. This site will get into the technical aspects of soil microbes, nutrient cycling, plants structural formation, weed suppression, inhibiting pests and diseases.

Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)
OMRI is an international nonprofit organization that determines which input products are allowed for use in organic production and processing. This website is a great resource to access OMRI Listed® products which are allowed for use in certified organic operations under the USDA National Organic Program.

Each month in our newsletter, we provide you with the newest industry trends and insights that can help you tackle the unique challenges of managing your business. Take a look at the most popular turf articles of 2019:

7 Quick Resources for Turfgrass: Weeds, Diseases, Soil Temp, Products & Labels
This list of seven turfgrass resources to help you quickly find what you need when you’re on the jobsite. Whether you want to identify specific weed varieties, turfgrass diseases, or find the best control product to solve your problem, you need a solution and you need it fast.

3 Alternatives to Glyphosate & Roundup
More and more, our customers are asking pressing questions about what chemicals go on their lawn. Especially with the recently negative news coverage our industry has seen with the Roundup lawsuit. Our customers worry about their kids, their pets, and the environment—and they want to make sure that the chemicals that go on their law are safe.

Ask the Expert: Make Your Organic-Based Programs Successful
We asked John Huber, Central’s Organic and Sustainable Products Manager, to share his insight on how to make your organic-based programs successful.

Industry Alert: Your Customers Want Them – All Natural & Family-Safe Products
Our industry is ever evolving. More and more, our customers are driving purchase behavior—especially when it comes to all-natural, organic, sustainable, and low environmental impact options. Sustainability and organics are big business.

The Seed Report: What You Need to Know for This Year’s Overseeding Season
We want to get you up to speed on seed. That’s why we’ve connect with Anthony Pignataro, Central’s Regional Turf Director, to find out everything we need to know about this season.

Ask the Expert: Turf Renovation 8 Can’t-Miss Steps
We’ve had a tough season with a lot of rain in many areas of the country. Turf has taken a beating this year and we’ve seen numerous issues with shallow roots, red thread and other diseases, surface insects, and lack of nutrients.

Finally, rely on Central to help, whether it’s questions about troubleshooting or installation, showing you how to use specific the newest innovations in agronomics, organic & low-impact programs, or finding the right solutions for a problem area. We stay at the leading edge of the industry and we’re ready to help you grow!