TURF BIZ NOTES:
You're Making Progress Reducing Industry Fatalities; Keep the Ball Rolling
By Ron Hall, editor-in-chief
Fatal work injuries in the professional and business sector were down 16 percent in 2010 compared to 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The landscape services sector led this trend recording 130 fatalities in 2010, down from 168 the previous year. Hopefully, that number will reflect even fewer industry fatalities for 2011 when those numbers are released later this summer.
If The Shoe Fits
By Tim Smith
Like any good businessperson, a landscape contractor might explore a number of ways to improve their company, including enhancements to sales processes, customer relations and even jobsite performance. But, another underlying factor in the overall operation of a business that contractors would be wise to address is making sure people in the organization are wearing the right hats to appropriately utilize their individual talents.
Thoughts on Applying Herbicides to Turf During a Drought
By Dr. Aaron Patton
Herbicides are ineffective on drought-stressed weeds and can be damaging to drought-stressed turf, especially when temperatures are warm. My rule-of-thumb is that if the lawn is more than 50 percent green, then herbicides can be applied.
How to ID and Treat Tree-Damaging Leaf Feeders
The most damaging tree insects are the ones that bore into the sapwood, but leaf feeders can do quite a bit of damage to trees, as well, especially if they go unnoticed for a year or two.
Texas A&M Entomologist Explains TickApp for Smart Phones
Ticks are the worst when it comes to the health issues, said Dr. Pete Teel, Texas AgriLife Research entomologist, so he created the TickApp for smartphones, telling you everything you need to know in one central location.
Clemson Honors McCarty with Top Ag Award
Dr. Bert McCarty is internationally recognized for his expertise in turfgrass maintenance and sod production, and is the 2012 recipient of Clemson University's highest agricultural honor: the Godley-Snell Award for Excellence in Agricultural Research.
Billbugs Get a Start on Season in Midwest
Indiana and neighboring states are currently witnessing serious billbug infestations with late instar billbug larvae already present in the soil, which is easily two to three weeks ahead of normal.
Arysta LifeScience Receives Approval of ALOFT on Fire Ants
Recent EPA approval of a supplemental label of ALOFT SC insecticide allows Arysta LifeScience to provide a solution for fire ants on lawns and golf courses.
Wright Mfg. Stander X
The new Stander X features an innovative cutting deck with anti-clumping baffles to prevent debris build-up, a flow design that creates a vacuum effect to pull up grass for a cleaner cut, and much more. Standard features include:
Deck sizes of 48, 52 and 61 inches
Quick cut-height adjustment
Low center of gravity and large wheels for hillside stability
Hydro-Gear 15-cubic-inch wheel motors and 12cc pumps with cast iron heads and cooling fans
Sealed tapered roller bearings in front casters
No seat, seat belts or arm rests so you can step off for a quick exit or to pick up debris
The Stander X also comes with the Wright AERO CORE deck, which includes a compact footprint, small turning radius, air-tapered surfaces to eliminate clumping, and anti-scalp rollers.
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IN YOUR OWN WORDS:
How much of your equipment has been ruined
by ethanol gas?
Members of LawnSite.com share what the government-mandated fuel has done to their equipment.
PLANET Honors Vets and Fallen Soldiers Through
Renewal & Remembrance
On Monday, July 9, members of PLANET will work to preserve the landscape at Arlington National Cemetery during the 16th annual Renewal & Remembrance beautification project, spending the day mulching, pruning, aerating, planting, liming and cabling trees with lightning protection on more than 150 acres.
OPEI Says EPA Decision on E15 Puts Equipment At Risk
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute warns that the EPA's ruling providing approval of the sale of 15 percent ethanol (E15) for automobiles made since 2001 is dangerous.
Stephanie Lee Named Best CFO Finalist
Stephanie Lee of Noon Turf Care, Hudson, Mass., has been selected by the Boston Business Journal as one of the 16 finalists in its 2012 CFO of the Year awards contest.
Rain Bird's ESP-SMT Controller Earns EPA's
Rain Bird's ESP-SMT Smart Irrigation Control System has earned the WaterSense label, which certifies it has passed the EPA's rigorous testing requirements, confirming the controller's water-efficiency and performance in landscape settings.
Recruiting and Hiring Tool Kit Helps Find the Right People
Whether you are trying to stabilize your business or grow it to the next level, not being able to identify and hire the right people can run even the best business plan off the tracks.
Scotts Snap Cartridge Spreader System Wins at National Hardware Show
Scotts Snap Spreader System was recognized at the 2012 AmeriStar, North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living Innovation awards ceremonies, winning the AmeriStar Award and several innovation awards.
Ted Heywood Earns CGM Status
Ted Heywood of Worchester, Mass., has become the 136th grounds management professional to successfully complete the PGMS certified grounds manager (CGM) program.