Aitkens Turf Update - May

CHOOSING A SELECTIVE HERBICIDE

When spraying for weeds this Spring it is important to identify your target weeds to get the best out of your application. Here are two excellent selective herbicides which will tackle all major weed problems:-

 

Holster XL (MAPP No. 13596)

A premium turf herbicide that has been specifically developed for the control of problem weeds in amenity turf (Including fine turf). Weeds treated with Holster XL show symptoms such as twisted leaf expansion and altered growth - ultimately leading to the decay of the plant.

Holster XL provides outstanding control of a range of broad-leaved weeds including:-

  • Slender Speedwell
  • Cat's ear
  • Dandelion
  • Common Mouse-ear
  • Yarrow
  • Plantain spp.
  • Creeping Buttercup
  • Daisy
  • Common Chickweed
  • White Clover
  • Mouse-ear Hawkweed
  • Common Sorrel
  • Yellow Suckling Clover
  • Selfheal

 

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OUTRUN  (MAPP No. 12838)

A selective turf herbicide containing three active ingredients. All three actives are taken up through the leaves and work by disrupting plant hormone activity in susceptible weed species. They are readily translocated throughout the plant.

Outrun controls the following weeds in managed amenity turf and / or grassland:-

  • Autumn Hawkbit
  • Procumbent Pearlwort
  • Bulbous Buttercup *
  • Cat's-ear
  • Common Stork's-bill
  • Sea Milkwort
  • Common Chickweed
  • Creeping Buttercup
  • Thrift
  • White Clover
  • Daisy
  • Dandelion
  • Docks *
  • Field Madder
  • Mayweeds
  • Meadow Buttercup
  • Black Medick
  • Plantains
  • Ragwort
  • Self Heal
  • Silverweed
  • Cleavers
  • Sorrel
  • Thistles
  • Trefoils
  • Common Mouse-ear
  • Yellow Rattle
  • Heath Bedstraw
  • Mouse-ear Hawkweed

(* See lable for further information)

 

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(Other selective weedkillers are available on our website)

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AMINO ACIDS

 

WHAT ARE AMINO ACIDS?

• Amino Acids are required by the plant throughout all of their growing stages and are the building blocks of all proteins.
• All protein in plants and animals are made exclusively from L-amino acids.
• D-form amino acids are not used by plants to make proteins.  They may become a source of nutrients for plants only after microbial break down and therefore are not used widely for turf nutrition.
• L-amino acids are the same in plants as they are in animals. Plants make them from inorganic minerals when growing under optimum conditions.

 

WHY ARE AMINO ACIDS IMPORTANT FOR PLANTS?

• Amino acids are the starting points for the production of cellular molecules including vitamins, chlorophyll, enzymes, proteins, etc.
• They have an important nutritional function during germination.
• They are vital during the production of proteins and in the formation of phytohormones such as auxins.
• They are also important in the regulation of the water balance especially when plants are under stressful conditions such as drought or summer stress.
• Amino acids also act as chelating molecules of essential nutrients for normal development of the plant.

 

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO SUPPLEMENT AMINO ACIDS TO PLANTS?


• Under optimum growing conditions, plants synthesize their own L-amino acids through thousands of chemical reactions and a significant use of energy.
• However, when growing under stressful conditions, (eg. Heat, drought, frost, wear, salinity and disease) plants decrease or stop the synthesis of carbohydrates and consequently the production of L-amino acids.
• Instead plants have to hydrolyze or break down structural proteins to obtain the required L-amino acids.
• Plants cannot make their own amino acids during periods of stress and rely on root zone storage of amino acids to stay alive.
• These activities require an extraordinary use of energy by plants and contribute to the reduction of root mass and the quality of plants.
• Feeding plants L-amino acids saves the plant energy allowing it to photosynthesize more normally even under stressful conditions.

 

HOW THEY WORK?

• L-amino acids are readily absorbed after application (through the leaves or roots) and translocated throughout the plant.
• L-amino acids increase plants ability to absorb nutrients through their roots and/or leaves, especially during periods of stress (environmental, mechanical, disease, salinity or poor soil conditions).
• Foliar applications of  L-amino acids help plants out of stress

 

WHEN TO USE?

• Apply early, pre-conditioning plants with L-amino acids is the best way to enhance the tolerance of plants to stress and produce healthier and stronger plants throughout the year.
• Regular application of L-amino acids reduces the amount of nitrogen needed by plants to produce their proteins, enzymes, chlorophyll, or other nitrogenous compounds.
• Spoon feeding plants with L-amino acids is like humans taking supplemental vitamins on a regular basis.
• Under drought conditions L-amino acids increase water use efficiency and water retention in plants thus increasing the tolerance of plants to drought stress.

 

Please find below a selection of products which include Amino Acids

Featured Products

Fertilisers (Granular)
Fine Turf Fertilisers

Award Nutri-Pro (12-0-11 +2%Fe +3%MgO +Te +Lignite +Amino Acids)

Fertilisers (Granular)
Fine Turf Fertilisers

Award Nutri-Pro (14-3-11 +3%MgO +Te +Lignite +Amino Acids)

Products
Fertilisers (Liquid)

Award Nutri-Pro Liquid (16-2-6) Plus

Products
Fertilisers (Liquid)

Award Nutri-Pro Liquid (24-0-0) Plus

Products
Wetting Agents

Award Osprey Active

Products
Soil Amendments

Terralift Plantmax

 

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