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Azusa, Calif. – Rain Bird Corporation has introduced its new IQTM Central Control System, allowing landscape contractors, property managers and water managers to monitor and control irrigation at multiple remote sites from a single computer. Utilizing Rain Bird’s ESP-LX Modular Controller and a PC-based computer, the IQ Central Control System provides users with easy-to-learn software, which provides remote programming, adjustments, monitoring, and manual operation of satellite controllers through a variety of communication options. It also offers basic water management features, including Evaportranspiration (ET) Adjust, Seasonal Adjust and Cycle+SoakTM to save users water and time. For those already using a stand-alone ESP-LX Modular controller, Rain Bird has made an upgrade kit available to convert stand-alone controllers to satellite versions compatible with the IQ Central Control System. For more information, visit www.rainbird.com.

Otterbine Opens E-commerce Site

Emmaus, Pa. – Otterbine Barebo Inc. has launched an e-commerce storefront featuring its consumer and turnkey products. These products include Aqua Series fractional aeration systems, Instant Fountain Ottershield Lake-Dye, and Bunker Pumper de-watering pump.

Direct-to-consumer-sales is a new venture for Otterbine. Carla V. Ott, President of Otterbine Barebo Inc., states, “From the moment of conception, the fractional aeration and fountain systems we’re offering through the e-commerce site have always been intended for sales outside our traditional distribution channels. Originally we simply targeted catalogs, home and garden centers and other brick and mortar consumer businesses with these products, but with the continued growth and consumer confidence of online purchases, we saw e-commerce as an excellent sales outlet.” For more information, call (800) 237-8837 or visit the new store at www.otterbinestore.com.

New Practice Greens

Columbus, Ohio—USTEK has introduced TurfTile, a new synthetic turf material that can be used for both putting and chipping. According to the company, the new turf product can be laid in an hour and used both indoors and out with no preparation. The turf is bonded to a polymer frame that snaps together to make any size or shape and allows for easy disassembly for moving or storage.

The standard TurfKit-12 kit includes 12 tiles (3 square meters or 32 square feet, more than 3 feet wide by nearly 10 feet long) including 1-hole, smooth and chipping grass turf styles, and retails in the United States for the low cost of $349.00 per kit. Additional tiles are available to enlarge the green, as is a slope kit to provide a more challenging approach to the hole. For more information, call (614) 538-8000 or visit www.turftiles.com.

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