One of the biggest challenges for golf superintendents today is finding a organic herbicide that is not only safe and affordable but actually effective.
“Superintendents need to find that sweet spot between cost and efficacy while staying within regulations,” said Bradley Jacklin, a turf-grass expert who works with some of the top golf courses in the world.
“You can’t have a solution that’s dirt cheap and doesn’t work or one that is extremely expensive and does.”
Currently, Jacklin works with a golf and landscape supplier in the southern Florida area where several municipalities have banned the use of glyphosate-based herbicides. This situation has left many golf superintendents scrambling to find a replacement.
Jacklin learned about W.O.W., a non-selective, naturally organic herbicide from EcoMIGHT, from a friend and performed some independent testing of the product. He was skeptical at first but was curious to try it and see first-hand if it was good enough to meet the industry’s high standards.
“I noticed that, unlike burn-down herbicides, W.O.W. kills to the roots.”
“I was very impressed with it,” Jacklin said. “I noticed that, unlike burn-down herbicides, W.O.W. kills to the roots.
When you’re dealing with weed growth in Florida, just burning the tops isn’t a viable long-term solution. When I tested W.O.W. and came back I found it worked at a speed similar to Roundup. In the end, there was absolutely nothing left. I’ve found the efficacy to be on par with Roundup with no-regrowth.”
When I tested W.O.W. and came back I found it worked at a speed similar to Roundup. In the end, there was absolutely nothing left. I’ve found the efficacy to be on par with Roundup with no-regrowth.”
As a result, Jacklin is recommending the product as a replacement for superintendents looking for a glyphosate-alternative.
“The EcoMIGHT product is a timely replacement at an affordable price point.”
“No one ever argued that Roundup doesn’t work,” Jacklin explained. “However, with municipalities banning the product, it puts superintendents in a bind. It’s like telling them they need to get to work but can’t have a car. The EcoMIGHT product is a timely replacement at an affordable price point.”
As the son of hall-of-fame golfer, Tony Jacklin, Bradley Jacklin has been around the game of golf and golfers his entire life. As a turf-grass expert, he wants to contribute to the sport in a different way than his father.
“I can’t teach my father anything about the game of golf,” Jacklin said. “But like most golfers, my dad doesn’t have a clear understanding of what it takes to maintain a champion course.
I’ve tried to help him understand everything that goes into taking care of those courses for him and other golfers. Players want to support clubs that are environmentally sensitive and work to maintain a safe, healthy place to play the game for not only themselves but for their loved ones as well. ”
When used as directed, W.O.W. is safe for humans, animals, aquatic life, the soil, and groundwater. It has a zero re-entry period, which means it is safe to enter treated areas immediately. The product is sold in a liquid concentrate, and when properly diluted, has an effective cost of $2.21 per usable gallon. Some golf superintendents have found that EcoMIGHT needs to be reapplied less frequently than glyphosate-based herbicides.
“The glyphosate bans are driving the change, but some golf courses are trying to make a switch before they are behind the eight ball,” Jacklin said.
“EcoMIGHT is a naturally organic, safe product that’s effective. It will allow superintendents to do what they need to do without breaking the bank.”