April 4, 2012

TURF BIZ NOTES:

Ron Hall

Company Name on a Pickup Not Enough
By Ron Hall, editor-in-chief
Hard work alone isn't enough of a foundation upon which to build a successful company. To be successful in the landscape business, you have to understand basic business principles and then come to the market with a plan. Along with being willing to put in long hours executing your plan, you also must become competent in marketing and sales. Read More


Patrick McGuiness

Using Hand-Held Mobiles While Driving Big Trucks a No-No
By Patrick McGuiness
If you haven't already heard about the new mobile phone rule from the U.S. DOT, now is your opportunity to read about it. As of Jan. 1, 2012, commercial truck drivers are prohibited from using hand-held mobile telephones. Read More

TURF SCIENCE:

Don't Let Knotweed Fool You
Knotweed germinates before crabgrass, so if you see germinating seedlings, it's probably knotweed. Remember that knotweed is a summer annual broad-leaved weed that forms dense patches, and germinates fairly early in the spring. Read More

Turf Pests Rearing Their Ugly Heads Earlier This Year?
By Dr. David Shetlar
We're easily two to three weeks early for annual bluegrass weevil activity, and black turfgrass ataenius adults are off the chart (easily a month earlier than last year). However, we haven't seen sod webworm adults or the May-June beetle adults. So, what does that mean in terms of control? Read More

New Whitefly Pest Confirmed in Florida
Last December, Extension Director Steven Brown discovered Bondar's Nesting Whitefly in Lee County, Fla. Lab analysis confirmed that the species, native to Brazil, was different than the three other species of the genus already present in the state. Read More

IN YOUR OWN WORDS:

Recruiting Employees
Is everyone having a hard time finding workers this year? LawnSite.com members share their stories. Read More

INDUSTRY NEWS:

Pat Covey Named COO of Davey Tree and
Other People in the News
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Briggs & Stratton Committed to Reducing Emissions
Briggs & Stratton will now be using a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): process to evaluate the environmental impacts for new products and to work with retail customers and consumers to drive a sustainability-minded decision-making process. Read More

Weed Man Scores High with Franchise Business Review
Weed Man Lawn Care ranked number 2 in the service category, number 3 in low cost franchise, and number 10 in overall franchise ranking in Franchise Business Review's annual survey. Read More

Lawn Dawg Acquires LawnMaster of Derry
Lawn Dawg has announced the acquisition of LawnMaster of Derry, N.H., which continues the company's growth in the southern New Hampshire market. Read More

John Deere Breaks Ground in Iowa
Officials are breaking ground Friday on John Deere's new $112.8 million expansion at its Ankeny plant, which will add 300,000 square feet and help retain 400 jobs in the area. Read More

LandOpt Contractor Network Continues Expansion in North Carolina
Fontaine Landscaping has joined the LandOpt Contractor Network, bringing the total number of Powered by LandOpt Contractors in North Carolina to three. Read More

Palm Beach Considers Waivers for Those Using Smart Irrigation Systems
Residents of Palm Beach who use smart or advanced irrigation systems may soon be able to get a waiver from town-imposed watering rules when there is no drought. Read More

U.S. Lawns Adds Four New Franchisees
U.S. Lawns has added four new franchisees to its network of more than 250 landscape-management franchises nationwide. Read More

Law Officers, Firefighters Offered Special Deal by The Grounds Guys
The Grounds Guys is participating in a unique plan conceived by its parent company, The Dwyer Group, to attract franchise owners that are former law enforcement personnel and firefighters by providing them with a 20 percent discount on the cost of a base franchise agreement. Read More

Ohio County Considers Anti-Pesticide Legislation
The Cuyahoga County Council is considering limiting the use of chemical pesticides and weed killers on county property, and proposed that the restrictions would apply to the county's 66 buildings, lawns and open space at Whiskey Island and the Cuyahoga County Airport. Read More


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