May 17, 2012

TURF BIZ NOTES:

Ron Hall

Headed in the Right Direction…For Now
By Ron Hall, editor-in-chief
As we approach midyear 2012 and four years after the most unsettling economic meltdown since The Great Depression, I'm not ready to declare "Mission Accomplished." Not by a long shot. Read More


Patrick McGuiness

Your Minimum Wage Update
By Patrick McGuiness
All workers must be paid minimum wage unless they qualify under an exemption. There are many exemptions to the minimum wage requirements, but few apply to the green industry. The various salary exemptions don't apply to manual laborers, so you cannot avoid minimum wage (or overtime) by paying an employee a salary. Read More


TURF SCIENCE:
Diagnose and Treat Leaf-Feeding Insects of Trees

As a general rule, the most damaging tree insects are the ones that bore into the sapwood. Borers cause significant interruption in the conductive vessels of the tree, the plant world's equivalent to ripping veins and arteries out of a person's arm. Read More

Syngenta Launches Enhanced GreenCast Website
Syngenta has redesigned its GreenCast online product information and support website to help turf professionals stay up-to-date on current trends and agronomic developments. Read More

PBI Gordon's New Liquid Zylam Available
PBI/Gordon Corporation's new Zylam Liquid Systemic Insecticide, which contains dinotefuran, is now available and labeled for chewing and sucking insect pests such as aphids, borers, thrips and lace bugs in trees and shrubs. Read More

FEATURED VIDEO:

Check out this neat 3-minute YouTube video from BASF, Plants Give Back: Benefits of Ornamentals. Share it with your clients.

Thanks BASF.

FEATURED PRODUCT:

Cub Cadet Tank S 6031
The Tank S 6031 is a professional-grade zero-turn riding lawn mower that features a 60-inch full-floating deck with a 10-gauge steel top reinforced at the spindle area and dual 7-gallon fuel tanks. The unit offers easy-to-operate car-like controls such as a fully adjustable steering wheel with power steering and forward and reverse foot pedals, as well as four anti-scalp wheels and rollers in the front and back that work in conjunction with the Select Cut System for a professional striping look. Find Out More

IN YOUR OWN WORDS:

How Early Do You Start Mowing in the Morning?
LawnSite.com members discuss how early is too early in the morning. Read More

INDUSTRY NEWS:

Turf Announces Survey Winners
Turf magazine congratulates the three winners of STIHL equipment from its recent reader survey. Read More

White House Honors GreenCare for Troops
GreenCare for Troops was honored by White House officials and First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony on the south lawn that celebrated organizations and programs that benefit military families. Read More

U.S. Lawns Promotes Employee Wellness
In a time when many companies face cutting back on employee benefits and perks, U.S. Lawns has, for the last five years, found ways to add more programs every year to help promote healthy lifestyles for their home office staff in Orlando, Fla. Read More

Exmark and Toro Sign Hawthorne CAT as Exclusive Distributor in Hawaii
Hawthorne CAT is now the exclusive Exmark distributor, and has expanded its support of Toro by becoming a Toro residential landscaping contractor (RLC) distributor for the Hawaiian Islands. Read More

TOCA Honors Syngenta's Margaret Bell
The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association has honored Margaret Bell, who recently retired from Syngenta after 35 years, with its rarely awarded Distinguished Service Award. Read More

McCarty Named 2012 Recipient of Clemson's
Godley-Snell Award

Bert McCarty has been internationally recognized for his expertise in turfgrass maintenance and sod production by being named the 2012 recipient of Clemson University's Godley-Snell Award for Excellence in Agricultural Research. Read More

Snowfighters Institute Event Set for May 21-24
The Snowfighters Institute, led by Judith Guido and John Allin, will hold its first-ever advanced sales training forum May 21-24 at its newly constructed training facility. Read More

Ryan Redesigns Website, Providing New Tools
Ryan recently launched a redesigned website for the Ryan brand to make it easier for customers to find the appropriate products for their turf care needs. Read More

Feds to Launch Immigration program in Massachusetts
Despite the objections of Gov. Deval Patrick and immigration activists, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to launch a federal program aimed at identifying illegal immigrants arrested for crimes. Read More

Schiller Grounds Care and NGA Announce 2012 Mantis Awards Winners
Schiller Grounds Care, Inc. and the National Gardening Association (NGA) have announced the winners of the 2012 Mantis Awards. Read More

Husqvarna Wins Nine Product Design Awards
The Husqvarna Group has received international recognition for product design, winning a grand slam at the red dot design awards with no less than nine of its products awarded the international "red dot design award 2012."Read More

Massachusetts Town Bans Leaf Blowers for
Five Months a Year

Arlington, Mass., has voted to ban the use of gas-powered leaf blowers in the town from May 15 to Oct. 15 each year. Read More


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