August 15, 2012

TURF BIZ NOTES:

Victor Green

A Serial Entrepreneur's "Common"
Sense Advice

By Victor Green
It's true that many factors contribute to an organization's success, but in the end it all comes down to this: how will your business be better, or different, than what is already available? Will you provide a better service than anyone else? Will you offer something that will improve your customer's business and make them more money? Read More


Patrick McGuiness

5 Costly Handbook Employee Mistakes
By Patrick McGuiness
Employee handbooks are a great way of explaining company policies and procedures, and can provide employees with an overview of the company, the working practices & environment. A good handbook can also provide a business with a layer of legal protection by setting clear standards and expectations which employees must comply with. Read More

TURF SCIENCE:

K-State Bug Experts Prepare as EABs Approach
Entomologists at Kansas State University report that emerald ash borer (EAB) is approaching the state, but is advising not to panic, but to get informed instead. Read More

Arysta LifeScience Hires Turf & Ornamental Business Manager
Arysta LifeScience North America has hired Laureen (Laurie) Treu as business manager for Turf & Ornamental. Read More

FMC Kicks Off "Friday Night Lights" Contest
With high-school football season just weeks away, FMC Professional Solutions will help schools keep players safe from fire ants with the 2012 "Friday Night Lights" contest, running August 1-31. Read More

FEATURED PRODUCTS:

FMC Talstar XTRA featuring Verge
FMC has now combined all of its granular product enhancements in one granular product with the introduction of Talstar XTRA granular insecticide featuring Verge Granule Technology.

A clay-based granule developed exclusively for FMC, Verge breaks down quickly to release the active ingredient and disappear into the landscape. Virtually dust- and odor-free, it reduces exposure to the applicator during application and combines the proven molecule in Talstar with fast-acting zeta-cypermethrin. It is labeled for a broad spectrum of surface-feeding pests, including fire ants, Caribbean crazy ants, billbugs, chinch bugs, earwigs, scorpions, fleas and ticks. Find out more.


Turfco TurnAer XT5

The new TurnAer XT5 is designed to turn and reverse while you aerate, increasing productivity by 50 percent over traditional aerators. Featuring a new hydrostatic drive system that is easy on turf, the XT5 is also easy to load and unload. Combined with EasyChange tines, covered drive chains and a uni-body steel frame, the XT5 is as durable as it is maneuverable. Find out more.

IN YOUR OWN WORDS:

Protecting a Company Name
What can you do to keep your company name safe from someone else trademarking it? Members of LawnSite.com discuss state registrations, trademarks and more. Read More

INDUSTRY NEWS:

New Holland Delivers New Skid Steer to
Extreme Dream Winner

New Holland Construction delivered a New Holland L218 skid steer, valued at more than $35,000, to Brandon Vaughan, Toms Creek Nursery and Landscaping, Denton, N.C., who was the grand prize winner of New Holland's "2011 Extreme Dream" contest. Read More

Toro Celebrates 50 Years in the Underground
Irrigation Business

The Toro Company, on Aug. 1, 1962, purchased a Riverside, Calif.-based company, called Moist O'Matic, which manufactured plastic irrigation products, giving Toro its start in the underground irrigation business. Read More

The Fockele Garden Company Acquires KMA Gardens
The Fockele Garden Company has acquired the accounts and assets of KMA Gardens, an Atlanta-based landscape design, build, and maintain company. Read More

PrimeraTurf Announces New Board Members
PrimeraTurf has announced their newest board members as voted on by the membership at their annual meeting in July. Read More

Michigan Man Buys First KIOTI Subcompact Sold
in North America

Ronald Brush bought the very first KIOTI CS2410 sold in North America at Michigan Iron & Equipment, Morrice, Mich., to maintain his 1-acre property in Fenton, Mich. Read More

UMass Holding 2013 Winter School for Turf Managers
The perennial goal of the UMass Winter School for Turf Managers is to furnish turf managers with concepts essential to the maintenance of high-quality turf, while instilling a sense of environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility. This highly acclaimed certificate program immerses students in a full-time, seven-week course of study focused solely on the management of fine turf and taught by UMass faculty, staff and distinguished guests. Read More

Jacobsen Awards Turfgrass Scholarships
Jacobsen has awarded over 30 college students in turfgrass management programs with $500 scholarships. Read More

Compact Power Center Joins with 811
Compact Power Equipment Center (CPEC) has joined with 811 to encourage users to always call 811 at least two days before dirt starts flying so underground utility lines can be clearly marked. Read More

Project EverGreen Awarding Free Mowers to Groups
Who Beautify Their Block

Designed to reward beautification efforts being carried out by organizations volunteering their time to keeping yards and parks in good condition, Project EverGreen announces a Facebook contest to give away 12 Toro mowers. Read More


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