TURF BIZ NOTES:
Play in the Playground
I challenge you to go back to the playground and make long-lasting friendships that will help grow your business. The playground may be a local networking group, your children's sporting events, adult sports leagues and/or small business conventions. Get out of your comfort zone and build relationships with business people around you that can help you meet the right people to increase revenues.
Crabgrass Control for 2012
A recent trend in the industry has been the introduction of products that offer effective control of crabgrass both pre and postemergence. Some of these are new chemistries and some of them are combinations of existing products. Read More
Goosegrass Control, Chemical and Cultural
Goosegrass is relatively easy to identify but is one of the tougher weeds to control in turfgrass.
Organic Weed Control Fails in Ashland, Ore.
A wet, cool 2011 spring is being blamed for the failure of organic pesticides to control weeds in Ashland's parks. Parks commissioners this past week reversed a decision they made last year and are now allowing the use of traditional chemical herbicides on the infields of local baseball and softball fields, but they're not giving up on organic herbicides either.
Bayer TopChoice Fire Ant Prevention Campaign Underway
Bayer Environmental Science's TopChoice Fire Ant Prevention Campaign helps professionals educate homeowners and groundskeepers about the importance of fire ant prevention. Professionals can request a free TopChoice Fire Ant Kit to help spread the word to customers about fire ant control with TopChoice, which features promotional door hangers and $15 customer rebate cards, as well as more ideas to help increase treatment sales.
IN YOUR OWN WORDS:
Where Do You Run Your Business From?
LawnSite.com members discuss the pros and cons of running your business out of your home, or from a separate location. Read More
Lyman, Maine, Mowing Contract Disputed
Lee Schatz, director of parks and recreation in Lyman, Maine, was shocked when he found out that the town's mowing contract was extended for another three years this past summer, because he understood it to lapse on March 30. Instead, the Board of Selectmen extended the current contract to 2015 without others knowing about it.
PGMS Looking for Best Managed Landscapes
The Professional Grounds Management Society is looking for the best managed landscapes and is accepting entries for its Green Star Awards Program until Friday, August 3, 2012. There will be 15 entry categories and three classes of awards: Grand Awards, Honor Awards and Merit Awards, with each winning entry being recognized at the 2012 Awards Banquet in Louisville, Ky., in October.
Landscape America Looking for Ideas to Beautify Wrentham
Landscape America, Inc. is looking for the community's input for ideas to beautify the Wrentham, Mass., town property as part of their annual Day of Service. Landscape America is part of PLANET, and is seeking ideas for this year's project, which will take place on Earth Day on April 20. Ideas must be received by March 30.
Jacks Small Engines Partners with Be The Match Registry
Jacks Small Engines has partnered with Be The Match and will be holding a Bone Marrow Registry Drive in conjunction with its Annual Open House on March 31, 2012. The Marrow Registry Drive will be between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
OPEI Celebrates 60 Years; Adds Associate Member to Board
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute will commemorate its 60th anniversary at this year's Annual Meeting, June 20-22 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Changes to the Annual Meeting agenda reflect the association's increasing commitment to broader member participation and engagement.
The association has also announced the addition of an associate member to the Board of Directors, and an Associate Member Recognition Luncheon has been scheduled in conjunction with the Annual Meeting.
Irrigation Foundation Launching Career Link
The Irrigation Foundation has developed the Irrigation Career Link, a website dedicated to providing both veteran and emerging irrigation professionals with access to job listings. The tool was developed in order to support the Foundation's vision of a future where the irrigation industry is thriving with an ample supply of educated and highly skilled professionals.
Purdue Offering Preseason Tune-Up for LCOs
Professional landscape and lawn care operators in west-central Indiana can get the latest training at the Preseason Tune-up in Crawfordsville on March 20. The event is sponsored by Purdue Extension, and will include sessions on controlling weeds, the destructive emerald ash borer and landscape insects, as well as sessions on calibrating ride-on sprayers and spreaders, discussion of the herbicide Imprelis, and safety tips for operating machinery.
Project EverGreen Announces
New President, Board of Directors
Project EverGreen has a new president of its board of directors for the first time since 2010. Mike Sisti, of Weed Man USA, will lead the board and Norman Goldenberg, with The TruGreen Companies, moves into his new role as immediate past president. Goldenberg had been the organization's president since 2010.The nonprofit's board of directors recently ushered in its officers, executive committee and board of directors for 2012.
Terracare Associates Honored with
Excellence in Landscape Award
Terracare Associates (TCA) was honored for their turfgrass maintenance effort at the University of Denver by the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) at their annual Excellence in Landscape Award ceremony in February. TCA is responsible for 1.5 million acres on the university's campus, and the high pedestrian traffic provides a unique challenge for crews.
Small Businesses Borrowing More, Pointing to Growth
The Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index, which measures the overall volume of financing to U.S. small businesses, jumped 18 percent in January from a year earlier, marking an 18th consecutive double-digit rise. The survey suggests growth could continue, at least for the next few months.