Irrigation mapping software

IntuiTrace, a state-of-the-art mobile irrigation mapping tool from Juniper Systems, generates and stores accurate graphical as-built documentation by using advanced GIS and GPS technology, creating new revenue opportunities and providing substantial cost savings for landscape professionals. In addition to its economic advantages, IntuiTrace also features a simple, easy-to-use interface that proves valuable for large and diverse landscape crews. Designed specifically for use on a rugged handheld computer, IntuiTrace is compatible with the Juniper Systems Mesa Geo Rugged Notepad and Archer XF101. The Mesa Geo features a fully integrated 2-5 meter accuracy GPS receiver, digital camera, 16-hour battery runtime, and Windows Mobile® operating system.

For more information: www.junipersys.com/intuitrace


Clearscape fungicide

SipcamAdvan, Durham, N.C., has added Clearscape Turf and Ornamental fungicide to its product line. Clearscape, which contains the active ingredient tebuconazole, offers several key benefits including rapid plant uptake, preventative and curative disease control, low use rate, application flexibility and delayed resistance development. The fungicide controls disease by inhibiting processes related to the fungal biosynthesis, which in turn disrupts the growth of target pathogens. On golf course turf one gallon of Clearscape applied at the labeled rate of 0.6 oz. per 1,000 sq. ft. treats five acres for the control of anthracnose, dollar spot, brown patch (Rhizoctonia blight), pink and gray snow mold, gray leaf spot and other diseases. On ornamentals, Clearscape controls diseases including southern blight, leaf spot, anthracnose, scab and powdery mildew.

For more information: http://www.sipcamadvan.com/products


Eco-Mat for subsurface irrigation

Hunter Industries, San Marcos, Calif., introduces the Eco-Mat and PLD-ESD (Enhanced Subsurface Dripline), consisting of fleece-wrapped tubing woven between two layers of water-holding fleece material. The mat is placed under plant material to be irrigated; when it becomes fully soaked, it provides a constant supply of moisture directly to the plants’ roots. The Eco-Mat can be customized to fit any area, so even the oddest shaped designs and green roofs can grow healthy plants and turf. PLD-ESD is also well suited for smaller areas or where complete coverage of the plant material is not necessary (closely spaced plantings).

For more information: http://www.hunterindustries.com/Products/microirrigation/eco-mat.html


Heat protection for plants

Heat, light and water stress can be controlled with Screen Duo from Certis USA. When applied, Screen Duo forms a reflective barrier film to protect the plant tissue from damaging UV and IR light to reduce the overall temperature of the plant. In addition, Screen Duo contains a naturally occurring compound found in all crops that triggers the innate stress mechanism to protect the plant from abiotic stress from within. Use of Screen Duo reduces plant transpiration and improves soil moisture status by as much as 25 percent. Crops treated with Screen Duo are cooler, and cooler crops use less water.

For more information: http://www.certisusa.com/pest_management_products/heat_stress_sunburn_management/screen_duo.htm


Electric-powered push sprayer

Got sidewalk? Got ice? Get rid of it (the ice, that is) with a Snow-Ex (Madison Heights, Mich.) electric-powered, walk-behind push sprayer. Two models are available – the SL-80, with a powder-coated steel frame, and the SL-80SS, with a stainless steel frame. Both sprayers have a 12-gallon, corrosion-resistant polyethylene tank. Each model includes an adjustable-height boomless nozzle, which sprays most salt brine and liquid ice melters up to 48 inches wide. The units also come with an adjustable spray wand for spot-spraying applications. A 12-volt electric pump and rechargeable battery powers the SL-80 and SL-80SS. The pump is rated at 2 gpm at 60 psi.

For more information: http://www.snowexproducts.com/de-icing-sprayers/walk-behind-sprayer


Lightweight backpack blower

Okay, it’s designed for homeowners with big jobs. Why not for landscapers with small jobs? The STIHL BR 200 is a fuel-efficient backpack blower with an easy starting procedure: fuel, purge, choke, pull and throttle. A tube-mounted throttle provides ease of use and single-handed operation. The lightweight backpack design means less fatigue for the operator, and an anti-vibration system provides additional comfort. Its innovative engine design provides fuel efficiency to lower fueling costs, while its large fuel tank gives the BR 200 a longer run-time on a single tank than comparable handheld blowers.

For more information: http://www.stihlusa.com/blowers/BR200.html