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Turf Pigment

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Pack size: 
5 litres
Liquid pigment

Concentrated and stable green pigment

South Africa

Making light work
Ryder is the new turf pigment technology that protects turf from harmful UV rays and excessive light, delivering a consistent natural green colour.  

Apply as a programme to build colour and prior to periods of stress to maintain appearance.

  • Great lasting colour – that can be tailored to your turf demands.
  • Protection from harmful UV radiation and high light intensities.
  • Rainfast in 1 hour.

Light stress
Turf is highly vulnerable to light stress and hence photoinhibition.  This is when light intensity is way beyond the plants ability to regulate its energy with its normal photosynthetic pathways.  On a bright sunny day, light intensity can be 4x greater than the plant saturation point (the point where additional light ceases to increase the photosynthetic rate any further). 
The susceptibility of turf to light stress is severely intensified when under stress. This can be heat stress, drought stress or cold stress.

Dye difference
RYDER is a high-concentration turf-specific pigment. Unlike existing water soluble turf dyes, RYDER is a formulated pigment that, once dry on the leaf, it is not washed off by rain or irrigation and is stable in light. It stays in place for longer that retains its colour and effects.

Application aid
The instant colour provided by RYDER can act as a spray pattern indicator  in itself, especially at higher rates or on turf inherently paler at the time  of application.

How does RYDER work?
RYDER absorbs and reflects not only damaging UV light but also will help protect against excessive light during the summer or periods of overwinter cold stress.

RYDER helps protect against harmful UV light and excessive light

RYDER also delivers a natural looking and consistent green appearance.


Application advice​
Use a water volume of 250-500 litres per hectare.
Greens and turf maintained at under 12mm: 
Apply at a rate of 0.75 to 1.5 l/ha
Turf maintained above 12mm: 
Apply at a rate of 1.0 to 2.0 l/ha
For superior coverage apply 0.5 – 1.0 l/ha in each of two directions.
Use higher rates for a deeper green colour,
higher heights of cut and a greater protection
against light stress.
RYDER can be used at any time of the year but
plan programmes when stressful periods
are expected.

RYDER - Pigment applications on bermuda
Ryder pigment can be used many times during the year.  At times, just to add some color after vertical mowing and topdressing.  This will help keep your greens lean and not looking “lush”!
Ryder will work better when applied to green turf, just before going dormant.  You can spray it on dormant turf, but the results will not be as good and a higher rate may be required.
Apply Ryder twice prior to dormancy - 3-4 weeks apart.  First as they go dormant and second to help break the dormancy.  The green color absorbs more heat and can speed up recovery by 2-3 weeks in sunny weather. 
For areas that do not get as cold, spray Ryder every couple of weeks to keep the green during periods of light frost and cooler temperatures.

Talking Turf are our distributors in South Africa, to buy Syngenta’s unique turf pigment for your turf or golf course, visit their website by clicking here

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Read the launch materials for Ryder Turf Pigment technology here

Ryder Turf Pigment for South African Golf Courses

Hazard Statements

  • H317 May cause an allergic reaction
  • H318 Causes serious eye damage

Precautionary Statements

  • Keep out of reach of children
  • Keep away from food, drink and animal feeding stuffs
  • When using do not eat drink or smoke
  • To avoid risks to man and the environment, comply with the instructions for use
  • KEEP IN ORIGINAL CONTAINER, tightly closed, in a safe place. DO NOT RE-USE CONTAINER for any other purpose
  • WASH OUT CONTAINER THOROUGHLY, and dispose of safely
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Wear appropriate clothing - coveralls and protective gloves, when handling the concentrate.

Tank mixing

Ryder is compatible with Primo Maxx and Syngenta Fungicides

Tank mix preparation

Consult and comply with the recommendations of the partner products. Each product should be added separately to the bulk of the water in the spray tank and thoroughly mixed before adding the next chemical.

Implementation particular terms

Can be applied all year round.
Re-apply every 3 weeks as appropriate in the growing season, while intervals out of the growing season can be longer
Use the XC 04 Sngenta Turf nozzle

Mixing and spraying

Product rate: 0.5 – 2 l/ha depending on the colour response required, plant growth and mowing height.
Use higher rates for deeper green colour and higher heights of cut.
Avoiding stains in sports kits: For sports turf where high impact sports, such as football and rugby are played, RYDER should be applied at least three days prior to a game. Additionally, RYDER should be allowed to dry on the leaf after application, prior to any irrigation being applied.

Water volume

250 – 400 l/ha


1 hour

Frost sensitivity


Tank mix stability


Application on winter sports surfaces

Avoiding stains in sports kits.

For sports turf where high impact sports, such as football and rugby are played, RYDER should be applied at least three days prior to a game. Additionally, RYDER should be allowed to dry on the leaf after application, prior to any irrigation being applied.

Type Title Description
To preserve the environment
Innovative thinking, practical applications

Prevent Spray Drift

Stone, paths and pavements will be stained if contacted.

  • In the event of a Toxic or Transport Emergency in the UK please telephone 01484 538 444 at any time.


    • Sunscreen for turf 
    • Pigment base


    • Reduces UV damage thus reducing stress in high light intensity situations 
    • Provides a “green grass” effect during winter or dry times which improves the playing experience for your members