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TURF BIZ NOTES:
Ron Hall

Quit Playing Chicken with Our Futures
By Ron Hall
What we're facing is a national debt of about $15 trillion and unfunded liabilities (Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, etc.) many trillions more exceeding that, say some experts. Our elected officials in Washington, engaged in a bitterly partisan "chicken race," are steering us into an economic abyss. So, what can we do? Go to the polls and vote. Read More

Patrick McGuiness

Who Pays for Workers' PPE?
Here's the Low-Down

By Patrick D. McGuiness
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that all employers provide the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to all workers whose jobs require it. This is a very broad statement that leaves a lot of room for clarification. Read More


TURF SCIENCES:

Can You Still Establish Turfgrass this Fall? It Depends
For those of us in the far northern climates, the optimum time to establish new lawns from seed passed weeks ago. Those of us living and working below the Mason-Dixon have a much better chance of getting turfgrass established yet this fall if we act quickly. Read More

FMC Announces Early Order Program for 2013
Order Echelon herbicide, Segway fungicide and Talstar Professional insecticide from FMC Professional Solutions and save up to 7 percent, now through Dec. 15, 2012. Read More

Direct Solutions and Swingle Team Up for CSU's Ram Town Green Up
Football fans visiting Ram Town at Hughes Stadium tailgating area before Colorado State University's home football games this season have been celebrating on greener, healthier turf courtesy of Direct Solutions, Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care, and Agrium Advanced Technologies' (AAT) Spread it & Forget it Controlled-Release Fertilizer. Read More

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IN YOUR OWN WORDS:

How Can You Tell When the Season is Over?
How do you know when it's time to pack it up for the year? Members of LawnSite.com reveal whether falling leaves, snow, freezing temperatures—or something else—signifies the end of their season. Find Out More

INDUSTRY NEWS:

Turfgrass Pioneer Dr. C. Reed Funk Dies
Dr. C. Reed Funk passed away the morning of Oct. 4 after a brief battle with pneumonia at the age of 84. Read More

TruGreen President Thomas G. Brackett Resigns
Thomas G. Brackett, president of TruGreen, has resigned from the company. Read More

Pro-Tech Completes E-Commerce Project
Pro-Tech Manufacturing and Distribution has announced the successful launch of its e-commerce initiative: allowing customers to purchase its complete product line of industrial snow and ice equipment from its website. Read More

2011 Drought Takes Awful Toll on Texas Trees
A whopping 301 million trees have died across state forestlands as a result of the 2011 drought, the Texas A&M Forest Service has reported. Read More

WSI Conference and Exposition Draws 900 Water Professionals to Las Vegas
More than 900 participants from 33 states and the District of Columbia, as well as seven foreign nations, participated in the fifth annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition, held Oct. 3-5 in Las Vegas. Read More

PLANET Announces Design/Build Symposium
The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) is planning a Design/Build/Installation Symposium, Nov.15-17, at the Westin Galleria, Dallas, Texas. Read More

New Study Suggests Landscape Plants Do Well Irrigated by Graywater
The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), in its Fall 2012 Progress Newsletter, reports that most landscape plants irrigated with household graywater are as healthy as those watered with freshwater. Read More

Toro Announces "Green Spaces Make Great Places"
Grant Program

To help improve outdoor environments like neighborhood parks, playgrounds and other great spaces, Toro has launched "Green Spaces Makes Great Places," an all-new community grant program awarding $15,000 to communities and nonprofits to improve landscapes across America. Read More

Spring-Green Lawn Care Targets Green Industry
for Expansion

Spring-Green Lawn Care has developed two new franchise ownership options to attract green industry business owners and professionals to the franchise opportunity. Read More

Project EverGreen Hires New Program Manager
Project EverGreen has hired Dan Jacobs as program manager to oversee its breadth of programs benefiting the green industry. Read More


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