November 3, 2011

EPA Removes Controversial Turf Restriction From WaterSense
A coalition of green industry organizations, including the International Turfgrass Producers, has convinced the U.S. EPA to remove the controversial 40 percent turfgrass restriction in the landscape section of its WaterSense program. The EPA has announced a "Notice of Intent" to remove the restriction from the Watersense single-family new home specification to accommodate for varying regional climate conditions. Read More

Tools Offered to Determine How Much is Enough When Watering Grass
Watering grass was an issue this summer as those responsible for lawn maintenance tried to keep things green under drought conditions. But, pouring water on grass during periods of drought isn't necessary, and may have an opposite effect of what lawn managers are looking to achieve. Read More

New Holland and Turf Magazine Announce Winner of Extreme Dream Contest
Brandon Vaughan of Toms Creek Nursery and Landscaping, Denton, N.C., was named the winner of the "2011 Extreme Dream Contest," sponsored by New Holland Construction and Turf magazine. The grand prize, a New Holland L218 skid steer loader worth more than $35,000, was presented to Vaughan during an award ceremony on Wednesday, October 26 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Ky. Read More

Briggs & Stratton Introduces Vanguard Power Code
Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power has introduced Power Code quick response codes to its Vanguard single-cylinder and V-twin engines. The Vanguard Power Code is a square barcode located on the engine that, after being scanned with a Smartphone's barcode reader, directs the user to an array of important information for that specific engine model. Read More

On Wednesday, October 26, more than 40 landscape pros, in a community service event chaired by Glenn Jacobsen, Jacobsen Landscape, and working under the guidance of five team captains, spent an afternoon (some of it in the rain) improving three landscapes about a mile south of downtown Louisville.

Isobutanol Fuel Blends Show Promise For Small Engines
The OPEI has announced the completion of fuel testing on Briggs & Stratton small engines for a side-by-side comparison of the performance, durability and emissions of ethanol and isobutanol fuel blends. Results indicate that the isobutanol fuel blends tested do not cause irregular or unstable engine or performance issues. Read More

Argo Insurance Announces Partnership on Landscape and Arborist Program
Argo Insurance will now offer a landscape and arborist program through its Commercial Programs unit in partnership with First Capital-Arrowhead Wholesale Insurance Services. The program will be specifically tailored to landscape and arborist contractors and will cover property, crime, inland marine, commercial auto and excess risks. Read More

ASLA Honors Keith Bowers to Council of Fellows
The ASLA has named Keith Bowers, landscape architect and restoration ecologist, to its prestigious Council of Fellows. One of the highest honors the ASLA bestows on its members, it recognizes his contributions to the profession and to society. Read More

Kimie Romeo Honored with Reginald W. Hartwell Volunteer Award
Kimie Romeo, landscape consultant for Broccolo Tree and Lawn Care, has received the Reginald W. Hartwell Volunteer Award from Rochester's Center for Environmental Information. Along with her daughter, Romeo was honored for their work in planning the CEI's Upstate Green Business Network's monthly "Green Drinks" networking events, which connect people who develop environmentally friendly solutions for businesses. Read More

Brooke Rockwell

You Tell Me
The economy is bad, I don't need to tell you that. There's no escaping the reality, even if you don't listen to the news, your family and friends have felt it, your business has felt it, and you are dealing with it. Is the landscape industry dead? Of course not. Homeowners and businesses still need to have lawns maintained, so the maintenance side is still going. Read More

USDA Specialty Crop Fund Awards $353,000 to Missouri Ag Projects
The Missouri Department of Agriculture has named 17 projects across Missouri that have been selected to receive funding provided by USDA's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to assist in the competitiveness of specialty crops in the state. The grants totaled over $353,000 and were targeted to specialty crops, including turfgrass sod. Read More

Highland Park Rounds Up Volunteers to Weed Fields
Highland Park District officials have decided to take residents up on their offer of organizing a community weeding effort on three Highland Park athletic fields instead of spraying chemical pesticides. In August, commissioners authorized park operations staff to apply one chemical treatment to rescue the fields, but the Park Board backed off from the chemical approach after a community backlash was expressed. Read More

Poly Sand on a Concrete Slab?
What kind of sand should be used on a concrete overlay? members discuss whether they prefer regular, poly or no sand between the joints. Read More

Simon Wilson Named Dixie Chopper's New President and CEO
Magic Circle Corp. (d/b/a Dixie Chopper) has named Simon Wilson the company's new president and CEO. He has also been reconfirmed to the Magic Circle Board of Directors. He replaces Gary Morgan who has resigned to pursue other interests. Read More

Drought Emphasizes Need for AgriLife Research Turfgrass Breeding Trials
The new Turfgrass Urban Ecology Field Laboratory in College Station, Texas, is now the location of a project to develop new cultivars of major turfgrasses with improved drought and salinity stress tolerance. Dr. Ambika Chandra is working under a $3.8 million grant and with scientist from other universities on the five-year study. Read More

Lawn Doctor to Expand with Nine New Locations in the Next Two Years
New Jersey-based Lawn Doctor, with more than 450 franchises in 38 states, is planning to add nine locations in Spartanburg and Greenville counties, and one or two in Hendersonville, N.C., in the next two years. The company's business grew in 2010, and is projected to grow again this year. Read More

Moana Completes Largest Green Wall in Nevada
Moana Nursery Landscaping of Reno, Nev., has completed what the company believes is the largest green wall in northern Nevada. The 400-square-foot wall has been constructed the atrium of the new Schluter Systems training and distribution center at Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. Read More

Broadleaf Weeds Now Vulnerable to Control
Rodney St. John, turfgrass horticulturist at K-State Research and Extension, says now is the time for lawn managers to control broadleaf weeds in the spring by applying the correct herbicide. Applications in late October or early November can control some troublesome winter-annual broadleaf weeds, as well. Read More

California DPR Proposes Changes in Pesticide Use
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation proposes new regulations that limit where pesticides are applied around structures. The rules would restrict the use of 17 pyrethroid insecticides by businesses that apply them to homes, other structures and landscaped areas. Read More

Customer Notification
What is the best way to notify customers before treating their yards for weeds or fertilizing? Members of talk about how they get the word out. Read More

Ewing Introduces New Classes to Industry Professionals
Green industry professionals can learn new skills, get CEUs and gain business ideas with Ewing's new classes for 2011-2012. The course lineup includes half-day courses in irrigation and water management, turf, lighting and business, and will be offered through April at various locations throughout the U.S. Read More

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