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Turf Care Supply is the leading manufacturer and product innovator to the professional green industry since 1974. TurfCare blends a variety of premium quality lawn care products under the TurfCare™, GrowStar™ and AMP-XC™ brand as well as many of the top performing professional and retail private labels. With three state of the art manufacturing facilities, extensive product knowledge and an R & D team of highly respected agronomists and innovators, TurfCare™ is revolutionizing professional turf management products. Have you found Black Medic in your lawn? Learn more about how to identify this weed, what conditions cause it and the best ways to remove and prevent it in the future.

Weeds With Black Seed Pods

Brunswick, OH. (June 1, 2022) – Turf Care Supply, LLC (“Turf Care” or the “Company”), the leading formulator and blender of coated nitrogen and other fertilizer products to the turf & ornamental market, is excited to announce Marc McNulty has been named Executive Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. Mr. McNulty began his sales career in the turf market at Lesco Inc. Marc was the Product Manager for Insecticides and Fertilizers at Lesco and awarded their Million Dollar Sales Club for six consecutive years. Marc has had extensive experience in the specialty chemical sector with positions at Aventis Environmental and Hocking International. Most recently working at Bayer Environmental Science, Marc has served as the Manager, National Account Team servicing the professional golf, pest, lawn and landscape markets. Marc has received the Bayer Top Sales Leader Award in 2021 and the 2018 SiteOne Landscape Supply Partnership Award. Turf Care looks forward to the expertise Mr. McNulty brings in the sales, marketing and brand development areas as well as his knowledge of the chemical market segment. Mark Mangan, President of Turf Care Supply, LLC said, “We are thrilled to welcome Marc to the Turf Care team. Marc’s many years of proven leadership excellence in the T&O market make him a perfect fit as we continue to expand and grow.” Established in 1974, Turf Care Supply is one of the largest formulators and blenders of urea products to the turf & ornamental market. Turf Care has a comprehensive product portfolio of fertilizers, combination products (herbicide/insecticide), soil amendments and enhanced efficiency fertilizer ingredients. Turf Care’s products are sold to distributors and blenders serving the commercial, residential and golf end markets.

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Black Medic

Black Medic, also known as Medicago lupulina or Yellow Trefoil, is a Summer annual weed. This means that it germinates sometime in the late Spring, grows well during the heat of Summer, then dies off with the cold weather. Black Medic is sometimes referred to as Yellow Clover because it looks like Clover with teardrop-shaped leaves, but has a yellow flower. The seed pods of Black Medic are also unique. They turn black when they’re ready to drop. If you can remove the Black Medic before this happens, it will help eradicate the plant, as the seeds are its only way of reproducing and they can stay viable for years and throughout Winter.

What Causes Black Medic?

It’s important to understand the conditions needed for Black Medic to thrive. A little Black Medic is normal. It will fill in the bare areas during the heat of Summer. A lot of Black Medic however, typically indicates that your lawn is being mowed too short in the Spring and Summer, your grass types are not strong or healthy enough to compete with the weed or your soil is compacted. If you notice the Black Medic growing by the roadside or next to a sidewalk, this is a sign that your soil quality is compromised due to foot traffic and compaction is the underlying problem.

How To Get Rid Of Black Medic?

Since Black Medic has a short lifespan, the bulk of your effort should go towards improving your lawn to prevent this weed from populating the following year. But there are a few things you can do to eliminate the weed right away.

  1. Pick the Black Medic. If you’re able to do this when the soil is wet, that would be ideal, as the roots will more easily and cleanly pull out of the ground. Black Medic grows out of a central location, so hand weeding can be very effective for removing the weed from large areas.
  2. Another option for elimination is to use a natural weed suppressant, such as Weed Beater Fe, which will be successful in killing the weed, however it also causes stress on the surrounding grasses, so use it sparingly.
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How To Prevent Black Medic?

Black Medic and other annual weeds will emerge where your lawn is not competing. It could be that you’re mowing your lawn too short, which is keeping your grasses from growing stronger than your weeds. It could also be that the grasses you have are too weak and old and just don’t fight that well. Another option is that you have dry, compacted soil. Luckily, there are several ways to address the issues that could be resulting in the Black Medic in your lawn.

Mowing Problems

  1. One of the worst things you can do for your lawn is remove too much of the grass blade in a single mowing. Removing more than 1/3 of the grass blade length in a single mowing will turn the grass brown, stop root growth, and invite in weeds. So set your mower blades high.
  2. Dull mower blades are another common mowing issue because they rip the grass, instead of cutting it. This leaves your lawn vulnerable to disease and weeds and also dehydrates the grass blades, causing them to turn brown. A hardware store should be able to sharpen your blades for you. Try to do this every 20 hours worth of cutting or at least once per season

Grass Problems

  1. If you have older poor grasses, a total Lawn Renovation might be the best choice.
  2. If you don’t want to go that far, simply Slice Seeding your current lawn should make a big difference.

Soil Problems

  1. Given that compacted soil is an ideal environment for Black Medic to grow, we recommend aerating your soil. You can do Core Aeration or Liquid Aeration. If you’d like a DIY solution for aeration, try Liquid Aerator on the areas where you’re noticing the problem.
  2. Lastly you can try our Organic Soil Builder application, which will add valuable organic matter and nutrients to your soil, serving as an organic fertilizer that will promote healthy and balanced grass growth.
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