April 18, 2012

TURF BIZ NOTES:

Ron Hall

Marketing Matters More in These Schizophrenic Times
By Ron Hall, editor-in-chief
We offer our services in schizophrenic times. Every new report on unemployment, inflation, productivity, home building activity and other economic indicators elicits "expert" predictions of either recovery or impending financial doom. I'm glad I'm not an economist. Read More


Lori DeRoche

Remember Where You've Come From
By Lori DeRoche
Have you ever wondered how someone became successful? Does it seem their success happened over night? So often we're concerned with where we're going that we don't stop to look at where we came from. Read More



TURF SCIENCE:

Amy Hill

Watch Out for Goosegrass
By Amy Hill, editor
The name goosegrass may fool you into not taking it so seriously on customers' lawns. Keep an eye out for it. This weed is a serious problem that lawn care operators and landscape contractors have to deal with. Read More

Turf Insect Pests Getting Early Jump on the Season
We here at Turf magazine can't possibly know your regional conditions, but if you're in or near the U.S. Midwest or Northeast you will find the Purdue Turf Tips, a handy source of up-to-day pest, weed and disease information. Read More

Don't Let Turf Diseases Get a Head Start
This unusually early and warm spring in most of the United States got a jump on many of our lawn care programs. The appearance of weeds and turf-damaging insects may appear unexpectedly and earlier than normal. The same thing may happen with turfgrass diseases. Read More

IN YOUR OWN WORDS:

What Green Industry Service is the Most Profitable?
Members of LawnSite.com discuss which service or services make them the most money. Read More

INDUSTRY NEWS:

PLANET Day of Service Takes Place April 20
PLANET's Day of Service, sponsored by the Professional Landcare Network, takes place Friday, April 20, and allows lawn and landscape companies to perform volunteer projects in their communities. Read More

ArborSystems Celebrates Earth Day &
10th Anniversary of EAB Treatment

ArborSystems celebrates Earth Day, April 22, and recognizes its 10th anniversary of successful emerald ash borer treatments using the Wedgle Direct-Inject Tree Treatment System and Pointer insecticide. Read More

Isobutanol Could Have an Edge Over Ethanol
Isobutanol, a biofuel made from corn, is turning out to have major advantages over ethanol, especially for engines that can't burn that fuel at higher concentrations. Read More

Valent U.S.A. Corporation Enters Agreement with Scotts Company
Valent is entering an agreement with Scotts, in which Scotts will acquire certain assets of Valent subsidiary (dba) the Green Light Company, including trademarks for the Green Light brand family. Read More

Caterpillar Elects Huntsman to Board
Jon Huntsman, a previous Republican candidate for president, was elected to the Caterpillar, Inc. Board of Directors. Read More

AGMG Recognized as a Top 100
Woman Owned Diversity Company

DiversityBusiness.com has recognized Affiliated Ground Maintenance Group, Inc. (AGMG) as a Top 100 Women Owned Business in the state of Pennsylvania. Read More

Bay St. Louis Converting Lawn Equipment and
Vehicle Fleet to Propane

Leaders in Bay St. Louis want to become the first municipality on the coast to convert city vehicles and equipment from gasoline power to propane. Read More

More than 900 Students Fire Up PLANET Student Career Days
If you're concerned about the future of the landscape/lawn service industry, you needn't be. Attend a Student Career Day event put on by the Professional Landcare Network and you'll not believe the enthusiasm and talent that's headed the industry's way! Read More

PrimeraTurf Joins IAP
PrimeraTurf has been accepted as a member owner of IAP (Independent Agribusiness Professionals). Read More

NCSU Creates Lawn Care App for Homeowners, Landscapers
Those who want information on caring for lawns now have a new resource in an app created by North Carolina State University's Turfgrass Program. Read More

GIE+EXPO Announces New Solutions to Increase ROI
Attendees now have user-friendly tools to make the registration process easy, plus they can schedule and manage appointments with exhibitors and set their agenda with real-time Personalized Dashboards. Read More

Briggs & Stratton Expanding Wisconsin Distribution Center
Briggs & Stratton has confirmed that it is planning to expand its service parts distribution center in Menomonee Falls and add 12 to 15 jobs at the site. Read More

New Holland Construction Celebrates 40 years
of Skid Steer Loaders

New Holland Construction is celebrating 40 years of manufacturing skid steer loaders with a special 40th anniversary logo that will be prominently displayed at industry events at which the company is participating this year. Read More

Racing Season Starts Strong for Propane
The 2012 NMRA/NMCA Drag Racing season started out strong for propane, as Don Bowles won the first race with his Roush Propane Mustang. Read More


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