May 3, 2012

TURF BIZ NOTES:

Ron Hall

A Remarkable Recovery Two Years After "The Flood"
By Ron Hall, editor-in-chief
I am writing this in the heart of Music City one day shy of the two-year anniversary of the flood that caused more than $250 million dollars in damage to the sprawling Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Read More


Lori DeRoche

Make Snap Judgements Work For You in Your Sales Efforts
By Lori DeRoche
Sitting in the coffee shop recently I realized I scope out everything about the place: the people, the smells, the music, the lighting, the baristas and the type of seating available. This all happens internally within a matter of two minutes. As I thought about this, I recalled a book that I read a few years back. The book is Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, who stresses that we make judgments about the world around us in the blink of an eye. Read More


Entice Clients With Pretty (and Tasty) Ornamentals
Do your clients ask you for "edible" plants? Probably not. But we're willing to bet they want "herbs" or "salads" or "colorful veggies" to add to their backyard bounty. No matter what they're called, these bountiful plants have quickly become a staple in home gardens. Read More

TURF SCIENCE:

Vermont Bans Most Uses of Phosphorus Fertilizers
A Legislative act passed in 2011 in Vermont has taken effect on Jan. 1, outlawing the application of phosphorus fertilizers on lawns, with a few exceptions. Read More

Valent Professional Products Releases Arena Insecticide Chinch Bug Video
A new instructional video by Valent Professional Products provides LCOs with important information on how to control Southern chinch bugs. Read More

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IN YOUR OWN WORDS:

Customers Paying in Full
Do you offer a discount to customers who want to prepay for the season? Members of LawnSite.com discuss whether they offer a discount, additional credit for services, or nothing at all. Read More

INDUSTRY NEWS:

Everris Americas Acquires Equipment from X-Calibur
Everris Americas has acquired the manufacturing equipment of X-Calibur Plant Health Company, including a fertilizer coating line and associated handling, processing and packaging equipment. Read More

Judge Blocks H-2B Rule Changes From Going Into Effect
Judge M. Casey Rodgers has issued a preliminary injunction preventing the Department of Labor from implementing the H-2B program rule. While the ruling was issued in Florida, the decision applies nationwide. Read More

The Toro Company Acquires Assets of Stone Construction Equipment
The Toro Company has acquired the light construction and hardscape product assets of Stone Construction Equipment, Inc., building on their position in the growing rental market. Read More

New England Grows Releases Dates and Schedule for 2013
New England Grows has announced it will return to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Wednesday, February 6 through Friday, February 8, 2013, for Grows 2013. Read More

Pro Products Holding Summer Photo Contest
Pro Products, makers of Rid O' Rust Exterior Rust Stain Remover, is now holding the "Show Us Your Rust" summer photo contest, with the grand-prize winner being awarded an Apple iPad2. Read More

IA Kicks Off 2012 Smart Irrigation Month Campaign and Marketing Contest
The Irrigation Association has started preparations for Smart Irrigation Month, an initiative dedicated to increasing public awareness of the value of water-use efficiency, water-saving products, practices and services. Read More

Colorado Workshop Aims to Educate Contractors
As the threat of drought continues in Colorado, the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado has reached out to wildfire and water utilities experts to present at a May 4 workshop. Read More

Walker Mower Give-Away Contest Starts May 1
Walker Manufacturing Company is giving away two mowers as part of a contest to help show potential customers how Walker's out-front design offers improved handling, hillside performance and maneuverability. Read More

Blue Green Sales to Rep Underhill Products in Mid-Atlantic Region
Underhill International irrigation products will now be represented in the mid-Atlantic region by Blue Green Sales. Read More


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