Backpack Sprayers - internal piston or diaphragm pump?

Posted by Mary Martinez on Jan 30, 2017 4:54:12 PM

If you are reading this blog, you've probably always used a diagraphm pump backpack sprayer and are ready to disagree with everything in this article.  We get it!   You've grown to like the blue stains on the back of your shirt. 

But if you are interested in breaking some myths about backpack sprayers, then read on.  And while diaphragm units are a great option, we've got some compelling reasons to consider an internal piston pump unit instead.


Five Arguments for the Internal Piston Pump

1. Leaks

Well this one is pretty straight forward - the pump is INSIDE the tank and won't leak on your backside.  Diaphragm pumps are prone to leakage and lead to "blue butt".

2.  Agitator

Internal piston pumps have an agitator below the piston chamber so powdered chemicals like Roundup QuikPro are constantly mixed.  Most diaphragm pumps don't have an agitator so chemicals can settle out.

3.  Clogs

This is probably the biggest myth about internal piston pumps - they clog when using powdered chemicals.  The truth is piston pumps can clog if the unit has NO agitator, or if agitator is located ABOVE the piston chamber. A piston unit with an agitator BELOW the chamber will NOT clog when using Roundup QuikPro. 

4. Pressure

Internal piston pumps have more power, so they can spray at higher pressure and reach further distances. 

5.  Costs

At Horizon our internal piston pumps are offered at a lower cost than the diaphrgam pump so you can get a better unit at a better value. 

Bottom Line:

If you’re ready to ditch the blue butt and give the Internal Piston Pump a try, drop by your local Horizon store and check out our complete selection of Jacto & Field King professional backpack sprayers.

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Tricks and Tips to Applying Post-Emergent Herbicides

Posted by Mary Martinez on Sep 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Applying post-emergent herbicides in the fall is an important step in controlling difficult perennial weeds that would otherwise reemerge in the spring. While using a pre-emergent herbicide is very effective in preventing new annual weeds, which is also an important weed control measure for those weeds which reproduce mainly by seed, it will not take care of those weeds with spreading roots. In other words, effective weed control is a two-pronged approach, and there are some reasons to focus on post-emergent applications in the fall.

Timing is Everything

In order to effectively control perennial weeds, it is important to understand their life cycle. While spring applications of post-emergent herbicides have the advantage of taking out weeds before they have a chance to build up a thick, waxy surface that is difficult to penetrate, the down side is that the herbicide is not always carried down to the roots, so the weeds can regrow. In the fall on the other hand, the weeds are carrying their own sugars down to their roots for winter storage, so a post-emergent herbicide application will be carried right down to the root with the sugars – killing the weed for good.

Let it Rest

Avoid mowing the turf for two to three days before and after applying a post-emergent herbicide.  Because the herbicide is absorbed through the blades of the weed, having longer, bigger leaves (more surface area) is essential to success.  If you mow too quickly after application, you risk removing the herbicide before it can reach the roots.  Turn irrigation off, and do your best to minimize disturbances to the turf so that the product can be absorbed in a consistent manner.

Not too Hot, Not too Cold

The ideal temperature for applying post-emergent herbicides is between 60 and 85 degrees - when most weeds are actively growing.  Too cold and the plant goes dormant and cannot move the chemical to its roots.  Too hot and you risk volatization of the herbicide in high heat.

Liquid or Granular?

In general, liquid products tend to be more effective than granular.  The liquid formulation absorbs into the leaf tissue and moves through the plant more quickly than granular.  Plus they are normally rain-fast in 3-6 hours.  But a “weed and feed” granular product is convenient and efficient, eliminating the need for a second application and reducing labor costs.  If you choose a granular product, apply in the morning when turf is damp so the product will stick, and avoid irrigation and disturbances for at least 24 hours after application. 

Remember, post-emergent herbicides can cause considerable damage to the desirable turf and plants on the property, so be sure to read the label before applying. Also, take every precaution to minimize drift or runoff. 

Your local Horizon store has an extensive selection of herbicides in a variety of sizes including pints, quarts, gallons and 2.5 gallons.  To learn more, contact your local Horizon store. 
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How to Select the Right Lawn Spreader

Posted by Mary Martinez on Sep 19, 2016 11:11:21 AM

Selecting the right spreader for a fertilizer or seed application isn’t that complicated.  But avoiding some common misperceptions can help ensure you get the right machine for the job. 


How big of a hopper do you need?  This is one of the most common misunderstandings when buying a lawn spreader.  50-pound hopper for a 50-pound bag of fertilizer, right?  Wrong!  50-pound spreaders have a high risk of spill since a full bag of product goes right to the top.  They are light-duty units definitely not fit for the landscaper who uses them on a regular basis. 100-pound spreaders on the other hand, are difficult to push when full at a consistent pace necessary to achieve uniform results. A 70-pound spreader is the ideal size when using 50-pound bags.  Not only do you avoid spillage, but you can refill product before it gets all the way to the bottom.


Most commercial lawn spreaders come in either stainless steel or epoxy powder coated plastic.  The biggest concern for landscape professionals regarding spreaders is rust on the frame, caused by failures to wash off abrasive materials and store inside away from the elements.  And while more expensive, the stainless steel spreader will withstand rust better than other material, which means it will last longer and give you a better return on investment.  Durable pneumatic tires are also important; lower quality tires can create a choppy ride and ultimately an uneven application.

Product Waste

Having a quality spreader with multiple attachments will can help you better manage how much product goes out on each application, lowering your cost of goods and improving profitability.  Side-deflectors deliver a targeted, accurate spread and prevent material from landing on sidewalks, driveways and streets.  This eliminates product waste and ultimately saves you money. Another helpful attachment is a hopper cover, which protects material from rain or snow during application and reduces the risk of a spill.

Don’t Forget to Calibrate!

Calibrating your spreader for every application is the only way to ensure you are applying fertilizer and pesticides at the correct rate, also reducing your overall cost of goods.  If you do not calibrate you risk applying too much or too little product, risking serious injury to your turf or disappointing results.  Calibrating your spreader is easy to do and normally takes about 5 minutes.  To learn more on calibrating your fertilizer, watch our “how to” video here. 

Want to learn more about the spreaders available at your local Horizon?  Call your local Horizon store, or click for an overview on the new Prizelawn Spreader selection.

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Have You Saved Any Water During Smart Irrigation Month?

Posted by Ryan Moore on Jul 28, 2016 2:06:06 PM

If you’re a green industry veteran, you’re probably familiar with smart irrigation practices and know that July is Smart Irrigation Month. Now in its 12th year, Smart Irrigation Month is an Irrigation Association initiative that exists to increase the awareness of the value of water and grow demand for water-saving products, practices, and services.

Did you remember to talk to your customers about water-saving smart irrigation practices this month? If not, it’s never too late.

As an EPA WaterSense Distribution partner, Horizon recognizes that water is a scarce resource and we have developed a catalog of resources to help you educate your organization and your customers about smart water practices. In this article, we’ll look at 5 tips to get you started.


Tip #1 – Use this Method to Quickly Check for Leaks

Checking every system component for leaks can be time-consuming. A quick way to see if there is a leak somewhere in your customer’s system is by checking your customer’s water meter.

The method is simple and takes less than a minute. When the irrigation system is shut off, go to the water meter and check the low flow indicator. If that flow indicator is moving, you have a leak somewhere in the system and you’ll need to do some additional troubleshooting to find the leak.


Tip #2 – Got Mulch?

Mulch can be a godsend to trees, bushes, flower, and shrubs. It stabilizes soil temperature, prevents weeds, adds nutrients to the soil, and conserves water. Richard Restuccia of Jain USA recommends using 2 to 4 inches of mulch around plants, bushes, and trees.


Tip #3 – Utilize Smart Watering Practices

When it comes to watering, less is more. The biggest problem with traditional irrigation systems and watering practices is that while they are largely effective at delivering water to lawns and landscapes, they are not designed to conserve water. Best practices for watering dictate that a system should be set up to:

  1. Water in the early to mid-morning. Watering in the middle of the day is less efficient because of evaporation. Watering in the evenings can lead to turf and plant disease because the water doesn't have time to dry and ends up sitting on the plants all night.
  2. Water in short cycles. Some plants and lawns need time for the water to soak in. Instead of watering for one long continuous session, split the watering time into shorter periods and allow a 15-30 minute break in between. You'll end up watering less, but the plant will receive more.
  3. Water in zones. Different types of plants require different amounts of water. Newer trees and shrubs require more water less frequently than grasses and shallow-rooted plants and may not require any water at all once established.

Dealing with a system that wasn’t hydrozoned correctly during installation? Check out this video.


Tip #4 – Upgrade to the Right Smart Water Controller for the Property

A smart water controller is the backbone of any smart irrigation system, but choosing the right one can be challenging. To identify the right controller for your business and your customer’s property, start with these questions:

  1. What parameters does the controller take into account? There’s a ton of data that can go into a controller and the right controller will take the needs of the property and the region into account. Does the controller allow you to input sun exposure, slope, soil type, plant material etc.?
  2. How often does the controller adjust? Hourly, daily, monthly?
  3. Where does the controller get its data? A sensor on-premises? Satellite communication?
  4. Are there recurring charges for the data?
  5. Does the controller have access to historical data? Especially important when the controller loses communication with the satellite.
  6. Will the manufacturer support you? When something goes wrong and you need help troubleshooting, does the manufacturer have a local representative that is willing to come to the job site and help you?


Tip #5 - Know When to Switch to Drip Irrigation

Smart water sprays are a great way to irrigate large open areas, but there are situations where drip irrigation is a better solution.

Drip irrigation is ideal in zones where plants, shrubs, and trees are spaced far away from one another. As plants grow, the plant itself can get in the way of the spray head, deflecting water onto buildings, driveways, and sidewalks. This not only wastes water, it also causes damage to the hardscapes and presents a liability risk to you as the homeowner.

Drip irrigation is also a great solution when watering small or oddly shaped areas where it can be a challenge to properly adjust the spray pattern to the dimensions of the zone. Dealing with a small zone that needs to be converted to drip? Check out this video.



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Horizon Announces the Winner of the Makita 100-Year Anniversary Edition ATV

Posted by Ryan Moore on Jul 22, 2016 4:47:15 PM


Earlier today, Dave Richmond, Zone Manager for Horizon, announced the winner of the Makita 100-Year Anniversary Edition Can-Am Outlander L 450 ATV. Congratulations to Wayne Conrad of Landscapes USA!

Thank you to Al Rodriguez, Director of Sales - Outdoor Power Equipment, and Louie Montes, Sales Representative - Outdoor Power Equipment, from Makita for stopping by for the announcement. And thank you to Makita for including Horizon in your 100-Year Anniversary Celebration!

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What Types of Customers are You Fishing For? (Automatic Fish - Part 3)

Posted by Ryan Moore on Jun 30, 2016 4:24:51 PM


When it comes to building your business with leads that come from the internet, it's either feast or famine.

I've heard horror stories from landscaping companies who have spent thousands of dollars on a website and 3rd party marketing services, but when everything was up and running, the phone never rang.

I've also talked to contractors who built an effective online presence, but were overrun with calls and wasted hours every day dealing with tire kickers.

Businesses that take the time and effort necessary to build a presence on platforms like Google, Bing, Yelp, and Angie's List often have all the business they can handle and no longer have to pay for any advertising, but it can come at a cost. So if you want to effectively fish the digital waters and grow your bottom line with business that comes from the internet, it's important to know what you're fishing for.

What are You Fishing For?

In part 1 of this series, we looked at a simple way to identify the products and services customers regularly search for online. Part 2 introduced 6 psychological principles that can help your business become the automatic choice within your marketplace.

In future installments, we'll look at how to construct a net that consistently brings in the catch. But before you blindly go and throw your net in the water, let's take a step back and figure out exactly what you're trying to catch.

It's helpful to think of your website as an automated conversation. It's no secret that the internet has changed the way consumers look for products and services. Instead of having to call to learn about the services local companies provide, customers can get tons of background information from online sources before they ever pick up the phone.

Sites that convert well speak directly to the needs and desires of their target audience. You may not think it's a good idea to construct your site in a such a way that alienates entire audiences, but when you try to market to everyone, you end up marketing to no one. So if want to get calls from people you actually want to talk to, your content needs to focus on how you can make their life better.

Who are your Ideal Customers?
- What products and services do they purchase?
- What cities are their properties in?
- What type of property do they have? Is it a golf course, HOA, business complex, a single family home?
- What do they value most?
- What frustrations do they have?
- What are their most common objections?
- How can you make their life easier?

It may seem a little strange to spend time answering these types of questions, but the better you can describe your ideal customer and how you can help them, the easier it will be to attract them. The next installment in the Automatic Fish series will focus on creating web content around the answers to these questions.


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The Emerald Ash Borer Has Arrived in Texas!

Posted by Ryan Moore on Jun 28, 2016 2:53:46 PM

In May 2016, officials from the U.S. Forest Service and the Texas A&M Forest Service confirmed that an unwelcome visitor had finally made its way onto Texas soil when they trapped 4 adult emerald ash borer (EAB) beetles just south of Karnack in northeast Texas.

First identified in Michigan back in 2002, these beautiful but destructive pests with origins in Asia have worked their way across 25 states (Texas makes 26), leaving millions of dollars worth of destruction in their wake.

emerald_ash_borer_1.jpgBecause emerald ash borers are not native to the U.S., our ash trees don't have any natural defense mechanism against this invasive insect; and once an ash is infected, it generally dies within 2 to 3 years if it's not treated early and effectively. What makes the situation even worse is that infestations often aren't identified until it's too late. And because they can easily be transported in firewood and wood products, it's tough to predict how quickly they will spread across Texas.

The good news is that the Texas A&M Forest Service has been actively looking for this pest since 2012 when it started deploying and monitoring traps during the spring and summer months, the peak period for EAB emergence and movement. It should also be noted that there have been no confirmed infestations in Texas yet, but it is certainly time for you to start talking to customers about their treatment options.

There are 7 species of ash trees in Texas (Green, White, Caroline, Texas, Water, Mexican, and Arizona Ash) and although they make up less than 5% of rural Texas forests, ash trees often appear in large numbers within urban communities. Austin, TX alone has millions of ash trees!

Identifying an Emerald Ash Borer Infection

emerald_ash_borer_damage.jpgAsh trees with low population densities of EAB often exhibit little evidence of infestation. It's also difficult to identify EAB damage in the winter because they are still in the larvae stage of their lifecycle, feeding on the phloem of the tree.

As EAB larval population increases, the movement of nutrients becomes more and more disrupted, eventually leading to symptoms such as:
- Dead branches near the top of the tree,
- Leafy shoots sprouting from the trunk,
- Barks splits that expose larval galleries.

If you see significant woodpecker activity, that could be a sign that the ash tree is infested by EAB. As spring and summer arrive and the lifecycle progresses into adulthood, you'll also notice D-shaped exit holes in the tree's bark.

Recommended Treatment for Emerald Ash Borers

One of the benefits of Texas being the 26th state invaded by EAB is that there's a solid 10 years of research on the best methods for controlling this pest. Effective treatments have been identified!

The most effective treatment options have proven to be systemic insecticides, which can be applied to the base of the trunk or sprayed on the bark.

Horizon's recommended treatment for emerald ash borers is Zylam, a liquid form of dinotefuran, which provides exceptional control and can be used as a drench, soil injection, or bark banding application. If you are planning on applying Zylam as a bark banding treatment, we further recommend utilizing SCRIMMAGE (a organosilicone surfactant blend) which increases Zylam's effectiveness as it helps the chemical stick to the tree.

Have questions about the emerald ash borer? Contact your local Horizon branch in Texas. We'll help you get a head start on this pest!


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6 Principles of Influence that Automatically Attract Customers (Automatic Fish - Part 2)

Posted by Ryan Moore on May 24, 2016 6:00:17 AM


Would you run your company differently if you had more business than you could handle?

What would you do if you constantly received calls from customers that discovered your company online and were excited to work with you based on your glowing reputation?

Would you hire more employees, raise your prices, say no to lower margin jobs, pick and choose your customers and the services you provide? All of the above?

While this may sound too good to be true, after working on over 100 internet marketing projects across dozens of industries, I can assure you that in most niches, a small percentage of companies get most of the business.


Because these companies have taken the time and effort necessary to build a positive online reputation. They are featured prominently at popular online destinations (fishing spots) that large groups of their target customers (fish) visit as they're making purchase decisions.

In part 1 of this Automatic Fish series, we looked at one way to discover the terminology your customers are using as they're searching online for products and services. These keywords are the framework that allows you to build an effective online presence (net). But without the proper bait, your net won't catch many fish.

In this article, we're going to look at 6 key principles of influence that you can use to bait your net so you can attract more visitors and convert more of those visitors into leads and sales.

Dr. Cialdini's 6 Principles of Influence

robert_cialdini_32.jpgWith over 30 years of research, Dr. Robert Cialdini, is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of persuasion, compliance, and negotiation. Early in his career as a researcher, he spent 3 years infiltrating sales, advertising, public relations, and fundraising agencies. He would answer newspaper ads for trainees and pose as an aspiring professional so they would train him.

After learning 1000s of different tactics, he identified 6 key principles of influence that many compliance professionals continually use to get their prospects to say yes. These principles are:

1. Authority
2. Social Proof
3. Commitment and Consistency
4. Scarcity
5. Reciprocation
6. Liking

Even though these principles were originally observed in person to person interactions, they are also influential online.

Principle #1: Authority

Without question, the most important principle is authority. If you aren't perceived as an authority, you will have a tough time charging a premium for your services. It should be your goal to immediately provide online prospects with evidence that demonstrates you can be trusted. Text is good, but graphics are better!

One way to do that is by leveraging your company's longevity and experience. That could include:
- The number of years your company has been in business.
- The number of years your company has served the local community.
- The number of years your employees have been in the industry.
- The number of customers your company has served.
- The number of completed jobs.

To take it a step further, you can further establish yourself as an authority by having a relationship with other authorities. Here are some examples:
- Is your company licensed, bonded, and insured?
- Has anyone on your staff received professional instruction or training?
- What is your rating with the BBB?
- Are you a member of any industry associations?
- Has your company won any awards?

Principle #2: Social Proof

Another way to build your authority is through social proof. The principle of social proof states that when people are uncertain how to act in a situation, they often look at what other people say and do. Social proof operates most powerfully when we are observing the behavior of people just like us.

Testimonials are a well-known form of social proof that can be a great addition to your site. But your best strategy is to slowly and continually build reviews on platforms such as Google, Yelp, Angie's List, and Facebook. If you can position your company prominently on the right review sites, your business will get all the leads you can handle. Sometimes too many, which leads us to...

Principle #3: Commitment & Consistency

Within sales, one of the more classic examples of commitment & consistency is the "foot in the door" technique. You start with one service offering and expand to additional services as the relationship grows.

But when it comes to digital marketing, commitment & consistency is also expected of the business. Negative customer interactions can have serious implications on your ability to attract leads from online sources, especially if you don't have many positive reviews to balance the negative ones.

I've seen far too many negative reviews left by people who weren't ever customers. Situations where they weren't called back or where the sales representative never showed up to provide a quote. On review sites, there is no way to separate a customer complaint from a non-customer complaint, so best practices is to treat every interaction as if your business depends on it and always set the proper expectations.


Bottom line: If you don't live up to your word, your online reputation will suffer.

Principle #4: Scarcity

On the plus side, if your business is already at the point where you have too many leads to handle, it's time to use scarcity to your advantage. According to Dr. Cialdini, people assign more value to products and services as they become less available. Properly prequalify your prospects early in the conversation. Politely get rid of prospects that don't fit your service parameters. Throw them back in the sea!

If you are overrun with business and the phone is ringing off the hook, it's time to reassess the services you offer, your service area, and your existing book of business. Maybe it's time to stop offering a low margin service or discontinue a relationship with an unprofitable or problem customer.

Principle #5: Reciprocation

Reciprocation is one of the most widespread norms in human culture. If someone provides something to you, it's generally assumed that you will return the favor at some point in the future.

When it comes to the digital interactions, reciprocity usually fits in when you have content that helps someone else fix a problem on their own or when you provide a resource even when it doesn't directly help you at the time. It's a means of further establishing you as an authority in your field.

Another example that would fall more into the sales cycle is when you take time out of your day to visit the prospect's property to provide a quote. Even if you don't get the job, a positive interaction where you provide as much value as possible can help you build your reputation.

Principle #6: Liking

Liking is pretty simple. We tend to buy from companies and people that we share something in common with.

Is your business family owned? Locally owned? Do you employ veterans? Do you actively support causes? Are you a member of any social groups? Make it known throughout your online presence. It could be the one piece of information that earns you the business.

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6 Technologies Behind Horizon's New TurfGro Plus Premium Fertilizer Line

Posted by Ryan Moore on Apr 29, 2016 3:26:42 PM


Designed to help you adjust to seasonal and environmental changes and accomplish more with every fertilizer application, Horizon's new TurfGro Plus premium fertilizer line does more than just feed your turf. It also reduces water use, improves soil health, and ensures satisfied clients all season long.

The TurfGro Plus line utilizes some of the best technologies our vendor partners have to offer. In this article, we'll focus on 6 key technologies that help separate TurfGro Plus from other fertilizers.


4 Technologies Already Being Used in TurfGro Plus Formulations



sanctuary_logo.pngIf you're facing a situation where your turf needs fertilizer, but you can't water it in right away, using a fertilizer that is blended with the Sanctuary is an ideal solution. The Sanctuary is a high energy organic blending base that feeds the soil first and won't burn your turf.

Each of our TurfGro Plus organic based products increase the soil microbial populations and promote a natural sustainable approach. This reduces the amount of nutrients and water required without jeopardizing the turf health or negatively impacting the environment.

Many of today's consumers are moving toward a greener, more sustainable approach when it comes to the products that they purchase. When you use one of the TurfGro Plus fertilizers that utilizes the Sanctuary organic technology, you get the organic soil building benefits without the high end organic cost.

Currently used in:
TurfGro Plus 8-0-2 "Soil MD" Fertilizer w/ Mycorrhizae
TurfGro Plus 21-0-4 Organic with Urea
TurfGro Plus 23-0-4 Soil Care Plus

MycoApply Mycorrhizal Fungi

myco_apply_logo.pngThe word "mycorrhizae" literally means "fungus-roots" and reflects the mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship between specialized soil fungi and plant roots. In fact, about 95% of the world's plants form a mycorrhizal relationship in their native habitats.

Mycorrhizal fungi work on almost all plant material from turf to trees and increase the surface absorbing area of roots 100 to 1,000 times, which greatly improves the plant's ability to use the soil's resources. In addition to increasing the surface absorbing area of the root system, mycorrhizal fungi also release powerful enzymes that dissolve "locked up" nutrients such as phosphorus and iron.

One treatment can last for the life of the plant and reduces water use by as much as 40%, which means it's a great solution in times of drought. Mycorrhizal fungi also greatly reduces transplant shock.

Currently used in:
TurfGro Plus 8-0-2 "Soil MD" Fertilizer w/ Mycorrhizae

Wolf Trax Iron

wolf_trax_logo.jpgThanks to its patented EvenCoat Technology, Wolf Trax Iron DDP is coated onto every granule in the fertilizer blend. This results in a blanket-like distribution of the nutrient and places the nutrients closer to plant roots for earlier uptake, allowing the turf to develop an even, deep green color.

In addition, Wolf Trax is a non-staining iron source, which means you won't have to worry about the fertilizer staining your customer's sidewalks. 

Currently used in:
TurfGro Plus 23-0-4 Soil Care Plus
TurfGro Plus 19-0-7 with Synergy
TurfGro Plus 25-0-6 Slow Release with Synergy


synergy_technology.pngAquatrols Synergy Technology is a unique patented combination of non ionic surfactants that was discovered while evaluating interactions between a variety of surfactant chemistries. This discovery yielded an exceptionally effective soil penetrant.

Synergy allows the water to better infiltrate the soil and delivers the water more effectively to the root zone, which translates to less puddling and runoff. Aquatrols Synergy Technology increases the uniform movement of your fertilizer into the root zone of trees, shrubs, turf, and plants.

Currently used in:
TurfGro Plus 23-0-4 Soil Care Plus
TurfGro Plus 19-0-7 with Synergy
TurfGro Plus 25-0-6 Slow Release with Synergy

2 Additional Technologies that are Coming Soon


Crystal Green

crystal_green_logo.pngCrystal Green is a slow release phosphorus source that will be added to our TurfGro Plant Pro Plus product line. When soil isn't providing enough phosphorus, roots can have a difficult time establishing and plants can struggle to recover from stress and disease.

Crystal Green releases phosphorus in response to organic acids produced by the roots. Because it gradually releases phosphus according to root demand, Crystal Green minimizes phosphorus tie up in the soil, lowers the risk of leaching and runoff, and provides a season-long supply of phosphorus.



apex_10_logo.pngApex-10 is an organic peat humic substance that will soon be added into our TurfGro Plus Starter fertilizer. A small amount of Apex-10 can make a big difference when you're laying sod or planting trees and shrubs.

Numerous university studies have shown that Apex-10 consistently cuts transplant replacement costs by at least 50%. It also enhances fertilizer efficiency by up to 66% and water efficiency by up to 30%.


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Horizon Acquires Metro Irrigation Supply

Posted by Ryan Moore on Apr 4, 2016 1:45:54 PM



Horizon is pleased to announce the expansion of its current footprint in the Texas market with the acquisition of Metro Irrigation Supply Co, a leading regional irrigation products distributor. Metro operates 8 sales centers with locations in North and South Texas.

Jim Ross, President of Horizon, commented, “Metro has a reputation for superior customer service and offers a comprehensive range of irrigation, drainage and landscape lighting products. We are excited about the opportunities this creates to provide value to customers and new opportunities for the Metro team.”

Manuel J. Perez de la Mesa, President and CEO of POOLCORP, Horizon’s parent
company, commented, “This transaction expands POOLCORP’s footprint in the
$3 billion plus irrigation and landscape distribution marketplace by providing a greater presence in the strategically important Texas markets.”

Metro will continue to operate under the Metro Irrigation Supply name. No changes are expected in either Metro or Horizon Texas market management, sales or operations and there are no plans to consolidate or reduce the number of Metro or Horizon distribution locations.

Organizationally, Metro will be a separate region in Horizon’s Central Division led by General Manager Shawn Connors. Former Metro President Kelly McColm will serve in an advisory capacity to Ross and Connors moving forward.

“The Metro people have an outstanding reputation for exceeding the expectations of the Texas irrigation professional,” added Ross, “We plan on providing them the additional resources necessary to continue to build on their success.”

Horizon is a professional distributor of turf irrigation products, outdoor power equipment, fertilizers and allied products serving the professional turf, landscape and golf markets, and currently operates 69 sales centers in 11 states including Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Texas, Florida,Virginia and Maryland. Horizon is a full-service provider of irrigation, landscape, power equipment and outdoor living products supplies, including brand names of Hunter, Rain Bird, Toro, Irritrol, eXmark, Echo, Makita, Club Car, Monsanto, Vista, and FX Professional Lighting. For more information about Horizon, please visit

Horizon is a wholly owned subsidiary of POOLCORP (NASDAQ/GSM:POOL). POOLCORP is the world’s largest wholesale distributor of swimming pool and related backyard products. Currently, POOLCORP operates 344 sales centers in North America, Europe, South America and Australia through which it distributes more than 160,000 national brand and private label products to approximately 100,000 wholesale customers. For more information about POOLCORP, please visit

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