July 19, 2012

TURF BIZ NOTES:

Ron Hall

The Most Important 5 Minutes of Each Workday
By Ron Hall, editor-in-chief
As a landscape company owner or manager you may have a clear idea of what needs to be accomplished each workday. Can you confidently say the same about the rest of your team? Or, have you felt that more direction and communication (inspiration?) each morning would produce better results day to day? Read More


Patrick McGuiness

What You Must Know About Overtime Pay
By Patrick McGuiness
There's no question that overtime pay is expensive, so knowing when and how it must be paid could save your company money. The Federal Law that governs overtime is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and under the FLSA, laborers such as landscapers, mowers, and machinery operators must be paid overtime by the businesses that employ them. Read More


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IN YOUR OWN WORDS:

Black Plastic or Landscape Fabric?
LawnSite.com members share their thoughts on which is better to use under decorative stones and mulch. Read More

JULY SMART IRRIGATION:

Great Sources of Information about Drip Irrigation
The use of drip irrigation is growing on landscaped and maintained sites because of stricter landscape water use rules, as well as innovations in drip irrigation products. Read More

Indy Mayor Bans Lawn Watering
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard declared a water shortage warning on Wednesday, July 11, banning watering of lawns and restricting other water uses amid a drought that has reservoirs shrinking and parched fields at risk of catching fire. Read More

Oklahoma Proclaims July 2012 as Smart Irrigation Month
Governor Fallin has proclaimed July 2012 as Smart Irrigation Month for the state of Oklahoma, the third state this year to do so. Read More

ET Water Systems Offers Cloud-based Water Budget Tools
ET Water Systems, Inc. has released a suite of water budget tools that enable customers to monitor and manage water use in real-time with graphs and analytics to communicate actionable, water saving data to stakeholders, and stay within monthly water budget requirements. Read More

Hunter Unveils Water Savings Calculator
The latest Hunter innovation, the Hunter Water Savings Calculator, is a free app designed to help system owners reduce water consumption, save money, and promote healthy local environments. Read More

Toro WaterSmart Symposium Focuses on Meeting California Water Regs
The Toro Company hosted its annual WaterSmart symposium, "Success Without Excess, Achieving 20x2020" on July 13, at its irrigation headquarters in Riverside, Calif. Read More

Aqua Cents Places Second in Competition
Aqua Cents, a division of All Commercial Landscape Service, Fresno, Cailf., was one of 42 finalists in the Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge held June 21, earning second place in the category of Sustainable Ag and Food for a device that reduces water needs in lawns by up to 50 percent. Read More

INDUSTRY NEWS:

ANLA Board Votes to Explore Joining with OFA
The American Nursery and Landscape Association's board of directors have voted to explore the joint formation of a new trade association with OFA—The Association of Horticulture Professionals. Read More

FMC Names Director and Marketing Manager for FMC Professional Solutions
FMC Corporation has appointed Bethwyn Todd as director and Steve Fasano as strategic marketing and business development manager of FMC Professional Solutions. Read More

50-Year Milestone Marks Beginning of New Chapter for Swanson Russell
Swanson Russell is celebrating its 50th year in business this year, and has grown into one of the largest full-service marketing communications agency serving the turf and ornamental industries. Read More

Barenbrug Hires Rector as Turf Product Manager
Barenbrug USA has hired John Rector as turf product manager. Read More

Sustainable City Hall Park to Open in Los Angeles
After Occupy L.A. camped at a City Hall park in Los Angeles and left more than an acre's worth of lawn dead last year, rehabilitation of the park is now done with a more sustainable design. Read More

Ruppert Acquires Raleigh, N.C., Landscape Firm
Ruppert Landscape, Inc. has acquired selected commercial landscape management contracts, trucks, equipment and the hiring of several employees of Eco Scape, Inc., Raleigh, N.C., with clients primarily based in Wake, Orange and Durham counties. Read More

Lawn Painting Company Thrives During Drought
Grass is Greener, a lawn-painting service in Staten Island, is working miracles by turning yellow grass to a lush green in just a few hours. Read More


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