Keep Your Eye on the Bigger Picture
By Ron Hall
Perhaps like you, I've been so busy this summer and fall that I've had a tough time keeping up on my reading. Nevertheless, I keep plugging away because I realize I need a broader perspective on the world (in general) and the U.S. economy (in particular).
We Came, We Saw, We Cut Grass:
The Untimely Death of My Father
By Louis Crisitello Jr.
On the morning of Monday, September 17, 2012, an uninsured motorist in Middletown, N.J., killed my father, Louis Crisitello, in a hit-and-run accident. As the proud owner of Lou's Lawn Maintenance for over 30 years, my father was greatly loved and appreciated by all of his customers and the community.
Fall a Great Time for Turf Weed Control
Dr. Kevin Frank, Michigan State University, offers the following practical advice on fall weed control in turfgrass, which applies to anybody in the drought-plagued Midwest tasked with keeping turfgrass weed-free. Read More
Syngenta Closes DuPont Deal, Acquires Professional Products Insecticide Business
Syngenta has closed the deal on the acquisition of the DuPont Professional Products insecticide business. Read More
Valent to Expand, Restructure Sales Force to Support Growing Business
Valent U.S.A. has announced a series of strategic internal promotions and projected new hires move to better align the sales organization with the company's growing product portfolio and to improve service to customers. Read More
Bayer Launches 2012 Fall Solutions Program
Bayer's Fall Solutions Program has returned for 2012. Green industry professionals can participate online or via traditional mail to maximize savings on the Bayer products they need to care for warm- and cool-season turf. Read More
J.R. Simplot Company Acquires Florikote Technology
The J. R. Simplot Company has purchased the patented Florikote technology from Florikan, a specialist in polymer-coated fertilizer technologies. Read More
DEFENDOR Herbicide Receives Federal Registration
Dow AgroSciences received federal registration of DEFENDOR, a new postemergence herbicide product designed to be applied early in the season in cool weather to eliminate unsightly dandelion blooms and control clover and other winter annual and perennial weeds. Read More
Hannay Reels GH1100
The GH1100 Series portable hose reel includes garden hose thread on outlet, 5-foot lead-in hose and hose end clips. Features include pressures up to 3,000 PSI, removable steer handlebar, direct crank rewind and cam-lock brake. Find out more.
Hannay Reels E1500 Adaptable Hose Reel
Lightweight, compact reels designed for long lengths of hose in manual and power rewind, the 1500 Series features a direct crank rewind, and has a chain and sprocket drive powered by electric, hydraulic or compressed air motor, as well as pressures to 3,000 PSI. It accommodates single .25-inch through 5/8-inch I.D. hose.
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Is it worth the money spent on insuring big equipment for your business? Or could that money be well-spent somewhere else? LawnSite.com members discuss the pros and cons of this big expense. Read More
SITES Certifies Landscape Projects
The Sustainable Sites Initiative has announced eight projects that have achieved certification under the nation's most comprehensive rating system for the sustainable design, construction and maintenance of built landscapes. Read More
2012 Plant Hardiness Zone Map Already Out of Date?
The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map shows that planting zones have been shifting northward as winters become more mild, but a researcher contends that this map is already outdated. Read More
Redexim Hires New Account Manager for
Factory Direct Store
Redexim North America, Inc. has hired Bill Smith as account manager for its factory direct store, Redexim Turf Products, in Fenton, Mo. Read More
Nebraska John Deere Dealer Expands with New Facility
An increased volume of business combined with growing inventories and larger pieces of equipment are at the heart of Green Line Equipment's decision to move from its 30,000-square-foot existing building into a new 54,000-square-foot facility. Read More
Billy Goat to Offer New Products, New Programs and Pumpkin Chunkin' at GIE+EXPO
Billy Goat's GIE+EXPO booths will not only showcase the company's newest equipment, you can also chunk a pumpkin with the DL3500V 35 hp electric-start truck-loader for a chance to win a "I blew chunks at GIE+EXPO" T-shirt. Read More