February 15, 2012

EDITOR'S BIZ NOTES:

Amy Hill

Outdoor Living Industry's Biggest Trend
Established landscape companies in northern Ohio are looking for business to continue to pick up for a couple of reasons. That's the encouraging news we learned at The Great Big Home and Garden Expo at the Cleveland (Ohio) Exposition Center that concluded this past Sunday. Read More

TURF SCIENCE:
Bookmark This Great Website of Turf Disease Info
We discovered a great source of information about turf diseases. You will find links to research, disease profiles, disease images and something called Superblogs on the website. The site also has a listing of diagnostic labs and a Photographer's Corner with tips on taking close-up images by John Kaminiski. Read More

Now Tweeting Turf Topics: @FMCturf
Stay up to speed on industry news and solutions via @FMCturf from FMC Professional Solutions. Follow @FMCturf on Twitter to get valuable business tips, learn about FMC promotions, and keep up with industry buzz. Read More

Turf Fertilization: A Basic Review
Discussion of turf fertility should always include what's needed and what's not. Millions of dollars are spent every year on unneeded fertilizer applications, and when compared with ornamentals in the landscape, turfgrass is considered to be a "fertilizer hog." Read More

IN YOUR OWN WORDS:
Employee Wages
Wondering what other contractors pay their workers per hour, and whether your wages are too high or in line? See what members of LawnSite.com have to say. Read More

INDUSTRY NEWS:

OPEI Praises House Panel Bill to Delay E15 Blend
U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) has introduced a bill that would require a comprehensive review of fuels containing more than 10 percent ethanol before they're allowed in the marketplace. The bill was approved by a vote of 19 to 7 by a House committee. Read More

Toro Acquires Certain Product Assets of Astec Underground
The Toro Company has acquired certain utility and underground product assets of Astec Underground, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astec Industries, Inc. The equipment acquired includes a line of vibratory plows, trenchers and horizontal drills for the underground utilities market. Read More

Landscaping in Louisiana Resumes Due to Mild Winter
The mild winter the Arklatex region is experiencing means that the grass is already growing again—and the unusually warm weather means green for more than just the grass. The extra winter business is welcome for lawn care and landscaping companies after last year's hot, dry climate. Read More

Grosh's Lawn Service Gives Back
Tom Grosh, owner of Grosh's Lawn Service, has received a Certificate of Merit Award from the Washington County Commissioners by Commissioner President Terry Baker, as well as Washington County Commissioner Jeff Cline's "Washington County Lapel Pin." Three years ago Grosh came up with the idea to have the students in the Washington County School systems collect and recycle used phone books to keep them out of the waste stream. Read More

Lawn Dog Acquires Lush Lawn Service
Lawn Dawg Inc. has acquired Lush Lawn Service, Inc. of Plainville, Conn. The existing operations will come under the name of Lawn Dawg and operations will still continue under its owner, Mark Kelbacher. The acquisition continues Lawn Dawg's growth down the East Coast into Connecticut and comes just five weeks after Lawn Dawg acquired Capital Green Lawn Care in Rochester, N.Y. Read More

Bill Seeks to Stay 1099-K Reporting Requirements
Two Republican members of Congress have introduced the 1099-K Overreach Prevention Act that would prohibit the IRS from implementing a new tax-reporting requirement for small businesses to reconcile their 1099-K reports from outside providers with their own internal records. The bill targets a new requirement for merchant card and third-party network payers to report the proceeds of payment card and third-party network transactions. Read More

Local Edge Lawn Care Expanding Service in Utah
Local Edge Lawn Care is now offering lawn care services in the West Jordan, Utah, area, as well as lawn care services in the South Jordan, Utah, area. This expansion is intended to provide more consumers with better options for residential or commercial property upkeep. Read More

Caterpillar Not Relocating Plant to Illinois
Caterpillar, Inc. has ruled Peoria County, Ill., out of plans to relocate a factory and 1,400 jobs from Japan, citing logistical problems with building the plant in its home state and ongoing concerns about the business climate. The company said it considered factors such as access to ports and local labor markets, as well as proximity to Caterpillar's building and construction products division headquarters in Cary, N.C. Read More

Boston Business Boot Camp Adds MNLA as Sponsor
The Boston Business Boot Camp, a three-day conference designed to help green professionals grow their respective businesses, recently added the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) to its list of sponsors. MNLA joins Constant Contact, Paychex, Vendetti Motors and Peace Frog Organic Solutions as sponsors for the conference, which will take place on March 1-3 in Waltham, Mass. Read More

Hinds CC Hosts Landscape Expo
The Hinds Community College Landscape Management Department is hosting the 2012 Lawn and Landscape Expo. The event targets local businesses and independent workers involved in any aspect of lawn care, landscape and equipment service business, as well as anyone else considering a career in landscape management, irrigation management, small engine repair, lawn care or turf management. Read More

Call for Abstracts for 2012 Irrigation Show Technical Sessions
The Irrigation Association is seeking abstracts from individuals interested in presenting at the 2012 Irrigation Show and Education Conference Technical Sessions in November. Abstracts are limited to 150 words and must be received by April 4. Read More


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