August 1, 2012

TURF BIZ NOTES:

Ron Hall

Your Best Employees Want More
Than $$

By Ron Hall, editor-in-chief
Most landscape workers are under-trained, under-appreciated and underpaid. If you're an owner or manager, you know this. If you're an hourly employee, this hasn't escaped your notice, either. Read More


Patrick McGuiness

The Fluctuating Work Week
Pay Method

By Patrick McGuiness
There's no question that overtime pay is expensive, and companies around the country have been caught using questionable worker classification methods and have tried all sorts of things to avoid paying workers overtime. You know that most laborers classified as "subcontractors" are improperly classified. You should also know that you can't put a foreman on salary to avoid the costs of overtime pay. So, how are companies supposed to be competitive and save money on overtime costs? Read More

This R&R Doesn't Mean Rest & Relaxation
By Rick Cuddihe
The 4th of July had a special meaning to several members of the Professional Land Care Network (PLANET) this year. In addition to our national holiday celebrating the nation's independence, it meant packing their bags and traveling to Washington, D.C., to prepare for PLANET's annual Renewal & Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery. Read More

FEATURED VIDEO:

Fleet Management
John Dolce, an experienced fleet manager, shares his secrets in this exclusive video about repairing equipment, purchasing new vs. used equipment, continuing education and fleet management tips. Watch Video

TURF SCIENCE:

Right Plant, Right Place
Many parts of the country have recently experienced periods of drought. In recent years, Texas has been especially hard hit, with several localities reporting all-time record numbers of days without rainfall. Weather events and climate trends have long been documented to have significant impacts on the performance of turf. Read More

Purdue Offers New Weed Control Pub for Turf Pros
A comprehensive guide from the Purdue turf program is now available to professional turf managers using herbicides, whether they manage athletic fields, a golf course, lawns, cemeteries, sod farms, parks or other fine turf areas. Read More

Valent Names New Territory Manager in
Southeast Florida

Robert "Bobby" Santana has joined Valent Professional Products as territory manager for Southeast Florida, joining Jerid Wendling as one of two territory managers exclusively dedicated to serving Florida's horticultural, turf and lawn care professionals. Read More

FEATURED PRODUCT:

FMC Pro Solutions Talstar EZ Featuring Verge Granule Technology
Talstar EZ featuring Verge granule technology combines long-lasting control of surface-feeding pests with a granular formulation that is exclusive to FMC.

The Verge granule is uniform in size and shape and is clay-based to disintegrate at a fast rate, fully dissolving into thousands of micro-particles in less than a minute after being watered in to deliver the active ingredient where it's needed. Talstar EZ controls over 75 lawn pests, including all species of ants, as well as chinch bugs, and maintains unbeatable efficacy and residual protection, providing up to four months of relief from the worst pest invaders. Find Out More


IN YOUR OWN WORDS:

What's included in your stop and what makes you stand out?
LawnSite.com members discuss what they include in their normal mow stop, and what they could do to expand their services and offer a better product to clients. Read More

INDUSTRY NEWS:

Ed Hunter Inducted Into Green Industry Hall of Fame
Edwin J. Hunter, inventor and founder of Hunter Industries, has been posthumously inducted into the Green Industry Hall of Fame, an organization dedicated to honoring individuals who have made lasting contributions to the betterment of the green Industry. Read More

STIHL Offers Limited-Time Rebate on
Battery-KombiSystem

STIHL has announced a limited-time rebate offer for customers purchasing a STIHL Lithium-ion battery and battery-powered unit. Read More

New England Grows Announces 2013
Program Highlights

New England Grows is scheduled for Feb. 6-Feb. 8, 2013, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, with the theme "Frontline thinking. Intelligent solutions." Read More

ValleyCrest Recognizes Safest Employees
ValleyCrest Landscape Companies has rewarded four employees with new trucks as part of its 2012 National Safety Awareness Day. Read More

Buyers Products Acquires Additional
Production Facility

Buyers Products has announced the acquisition of a new 500,000-square-foot manufacturing facility near the corporate headquarters in Mentor, Ohio. Read More

The Grounds Guys "Undercover Boss"
to Speak at TNLA Expo

The Grounds Guys will attend the Texas Nursery/Landscape EXPO from Aug. 17-19 with CEO and Chairwoman Dina Dwyer-Owens speaking on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the demo stage about her experiences on the CBS show "Undercover Boss."Read More

Paladin Attachments Achieves Gold Status in
I Make America Campaign

AEM has named Paladin Attachments, a division of International Equipment Solutions, to the elite ranks of the I Make America campaign's Gold-level company supporters. Read More

Attendee Registration Now Open for
2012 Irrigation Show

Attendee registration is now open for the Irrigation Association's 2012 Irrigation Show, Nov. 4-5, and Education Conference, Nov. 2-6, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Read More


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