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LM Gallery: March 2019

March 22, 2019By

Check out a few of the places where the LM team made its rounds recently. read more

In-house maintenance musts

March 22, 2019By
Crew member changing air filter (Photo: Ruppert Landscape)

Grease-stained hands, deflated tires and broken belts are just a few images that come to mind when discussing mower maintenance. For many landscape companies, mower maintenance amounts to much more. “Mowers are the most important piece of equipment for a company,” says Marc Fisher, mid-Atlantic region general manager for BrightView Landscape Services in Sterling, Va. “You want to reduce downtime... read more

Defeat dallisgrass

March 22, 2019By
Dallisgrass (Photo: PBI-Gordon)

A grassy weed that produces many seeds and grows in thick, unsightly clumps in turf, dallisgrass can be tricky to deal with in the warmer months. Read on for ways to spot and eradicate this turfgrass problem. Know your enemy Perennial, warm-season, grassy weed; Grows in thick clumps; Tends to grow more aggressively in open, sunny areas; Wide leaf blade... read more

New development in combination products for LCOs

March 22, 2019By
Spreader (Photo: iStock.com/BanksPhotos)

A new fertilizer combination product — including the herbicide Mesotrione — helps LCOs overcome labor limitations when seeding read more

Fighting fire ants

March 22, 2019By
Fire ants (Photo: Joanie King, Texas A&M University)

Fire ants. These mound-creating, stinging crawlers can pose a problem for lawns in the South and Southeast. A lawn care operator and a researcher offer their recommendations for getting these insects under control. “Fire ants are pretty simple things; they tear you up, and you have to suppress them,” says Steve Alicky, the integrated pest management (IPM) manager for West... read more

Keep on trucking: Maintaining lawn care fleets

March 22, 2019By
Lush Lawn truck (Photo: Lush Lawn)

Trucks are a major expense for lawn care operators, and many begin each day ensuring their investments are well cared for. Jason Zielesch, production manager for Lush Lawn in Grand Blanc, Mich., says before technicians leave the lot, the company requires they complete what it calls a “three-minute 360.” The three-minute 360 is a full inspection of the truck to... read more