Well I thought id better get this blog up and running, I have been putting this off for so long and no better way to start than Rescue. This week I have had so many questions about Rescue, I have got lots to talk about and we are at the time of the year when some of the first applications go on. Info on Rescue can be found here, on our new website if you need it
Well the first question has been …. is it still going to be around? Well the answer to that is yes, it is available and we will up date you as soon as there are any changes. The growth of Rescue has been great over the last few years. Its a confidence product and the more people who use it and find out how it can work for them then the more people try it and see what its benefits are for their course, be it rough management or grass species conversion.
The reason for the worry about the longevity of Rescue is because there is a potential risk to one of the co-formulants which is found in the formulation, but we do not know if and when this will materialise, or in what form. We will keep you up to date as and when we know what is going on we will communicate it, but for now everything is fine and we are working hard behind the scenes to make sure we keep all products in the market for as long as possible.
Another question which has come up a lot has been Rescue, with the use of a selective weedkiller. It is usually the way with Rescue, the areas you want to treat are not always your lovely sandy free draining fescue areas but ones which maybe hold too much nutrient and water and generally contain undesirable grasses and also quite a few weeds.
Quite a few people have asked me if you can mix Rescue and a weedkiller to save a bit of time, but the answer sadly is NO. The two chemistries don’t work very well together so we would recommend either
- Apply Rescue and the apply weedkiller more than 7 days after or
- Apply weedkiller and then apply Rescue more than 21 days after
Personally I would go with the first option, The Pinoxaden usually takes quite a while to work and then as this is starting to take effect you can then spray off the weeds, which in my experience is usually a bit quicker. Then you have both products working and if you get the growing conditions right, which we know has been an issue this spring, then the fescue can fill in the gaps.
You do get the poa coming in, especially at this time of year when the seeding is coming through but sometimes this is good as it is a bit better partner for the bent and fescue than the long heavy rye. I always found it worked well just allowing the fescue, if it is there to come through but in some places it is best to overseed. Of course also, there are some place where the finer grasses just don’t want to grow and then it might be better to look at another option.
If you are able to overseed before spraying then this will help as the seed starts to come up as the gaps are being made, but logistically you need to just be honest about what you can do and what you cant, but best before if you get the chance.
Syngenta has provided lots and lots of information to help you with Rescue for yourself and to communicate to the members. One of the most popular items is the grass ID guide and they have been so popular again this year we have had to reprint them. However, almost everyone has a phone now on the course, so if you click on this link all the info is at your fingertips and you can download the guide as a PDF so you can have the guide with you at all times on the course, good eh!
We also have a tech helpline at Syngenta which you can phone for advice or post a question on this blog and ill get back to you asap.
That’s probably enough on Rescue for now, but as a final parting shot, download the Greencast Turf App from App store or Android to double check the application rates and make sure your spray is calibrated perfectly