June 6, 2012

TURF BIZ NOTES:

Ron Hall

Gen'xers and Millennials Taking Us to the Next Level
By Ron Hall, editor-in-chief
Demographer Neil Howe wrote a book in 1997, "The Fourth Turning," predicting the differences between generations. He breaks generations into 20-year periods. Reading the commencement address that he delivered May 12 at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., got me to thinking about generational differences. Read More


TURF SCIENCE:

Tips to Maintain Healthier Turfgrass in the Shade
Dr. David Gardner offers tips for managing turfgrass growing under shade cast by either a tree or a structure since turfgrasses are adapted to and grow best in full, open sunlight. Read More

SipcamAdvan adds Michael Prudhomme to Specialty Business Group
SipcamAdvan has hired Michael Prudhomme as a consultant in its Specialty Business division to focus on key account management and strategy development. Read More

Little Hope Given for Ontario Pesticide Ban Amendment
A Private Members Bill in the Ontario Legislature that would amend the Pesticides Act by allowing individuals to hire a licensed operator to apply pesticides to their lawns and gardens to kill noxious weeds and pests is almost certain to be defeated when a vote is called after its allotted debate time. Read More

PBI/Gordon's Katana Herbicide Gets California OK
PBI/Gordon Corporation's Katana Turf Herbicide has received registration with the State of California Department of Pesticide Regulation, allowing Katana to be marketed and sold in the state for the first time. Katana has been registered and available previously in 30 other states and the U.S. territory of Guam. Read More

FROM THE FIELD:

Cub Cadet Test Drive Challenge—Now That's a Road Trip!
By Ron Hall, editor-in-chief
Talk about a road trip. Cub Cadet, manufacturer of consumer and commercial mowers, is just completing a doozy. At last count the company was taking its Cub Cadet Test Drive Challenge to more than 80 locations, starting in Atlanta in late February and ending in Ohio. As I write this, the Challenge is on its final leg with the last stop set for Gallipolis in southeast Ohio on Thursday, June 14. Read More

FEATURED PRODUCT:

Peco, Inc. Pro 3 Bagger
The Pro 3 Bagger features three durable cloth bags that are easy to remove and even easier to dump due to a tapered design. It is available in engine and PTO-driven models, with drive options that include a Briggs and Stratton 5.5 hp OHV gas engine, Briggs and Stratton 6.5 hp OHV Vanguard gas engine, and Peco's patented PTO drive with manual engage/disengage action (available on certain mower models). The system comes complete with mounting hardware and weight kit (if required). Features include a 15-cubic-foot (12-bushel) capacity; heavy-duty cast aluminum boot and blower housing; quick-connect boot (no tools needed for removal); and high-density polyethylene filter screen. The airflow on the bagger is maximized so it completely fills all three extra durable cloth bags every time. Read More

IN YOUR OWN WORDS:

Mow-Only Operation?
Members of LawnSite.com discuss if it is more profitable to be a full-service company, or just offer mowing/maintenance services. Read More

INDUSTRY NEWS:

John Deere Celebrates 175 Years
This year marks 175 years since John Deere's company was founded in 1837 in Grand Detour, Ill., when Deere crafted a self-scouring steel plow from an old sawmill blade. Read More

IA Certified Irrigation Contractor Program Receives NCCA Accreditation
The Irrigation Association Certification Board has announced that the Certified Irrigation Contractor program has officially earned national accreditation, making it the only accredited certification program in the irrigation industry. Read More

Summer Ban on Nitrogen Fertilizer Goes into Effect in Tampa
The Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) and its partners in the Be Floridian fertilizer education campaign are reminding Tampa residents that a summer ban on using nitrogen fertilizer began on June 1, meaning homeowners and lawn care professionals alike cannot apply nitrogen or phosphorous to lawns and/or landscape plants from now through September. Read More

Lush Lawn Announces New Lawn Care Franchise Concept
Lush Lawn Franchising, franchisor and licensor of Lush Lawn, has announced its new franchise concept, Lush Lawn Lawn Care, Tree Care and Pest Control, which it is preparing to roll out this year, initially in the Midwest, specifically Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Read More

Cherry Logistics Adds Landscape Manager
Cherry Logistics has added Laurin Czyzyk as landscape manager to develop and organize the burgeoning landscaping division of the company. Read More

Jacobsen Hires Municipal Channel Manager
Jacobsen has hired Art Petrone as municipal channel manager, who will be responsible for marketing, sales, dealer development, product development and market research. Read More

Ruppert Landscape Honored by Associated Builders and Contractors
Associated Builders and Contractors has awarded Laytonsville-based Ruppert Landscape an Eagle Award for its work on the Barbara Truland Butz Healing Garden at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, which functions as both a healing garden and a green roof. Read More

U.S. Lawns Adds Three New Franchisees
U.S. Lawns has added three new franchisees to its network of more than 250 landscape management franchises. Read More

LandOpt Contractor Network Expands to the West Coast
Corion Landscape Management has joined the LandOpt Contractor Network, based here, expanding the Network's reach to the West Coast. Read More

Cyber-Rain's Irrigation Controllers Earn WaterSense Label
Cyber-Rain's full line of weather-based irrigation controllers has been independently certified to meet the U.S. EPA's WaterSense specification for weather-based irrigation controllers. Read More


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