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Step by Step: How to store pesticides

May 13, 2015By
Illustration: David Preiss

Pesticides require special attention when it comes to storing them. Proper storage helps extend the pesticide’s shelf life and prevent injuries. Here’s where and how to safely store your pesticides. –Location. Store pesticides in a location (locked or latched) that’s cool, dry, well lit and ventilated. They should be kept away from vehicles, potable water, protective clothing, fertilizers, gasoline and... read more

Meeting prep for successful salespeople

May 12, 2015By
Photo: ©

While riding to a sales call, I asked the young salesman, “What’s the goal for this meeting?” Meet with the guy! “What’s your agenda?” Talk about the job! “Why should he hire you?” Because he likes us! “OK, but what objections might he have to hiring you?” What do you mean—objections? “If he has objections, what’s your negotiation strategy?” What... read more

Irrigation rotors: Which do you prefer and why?

May 11, 2015By
Photo: Toro irrigation

Patrick H. Crais Blue Watchdog Conservation Cardiff, Calif. “I’m a huge fan of the Hunter I-20 rotor due to the way the nozzles are easily installed. I also like its flow stop. It’s great during an installation and it’s a helpful feature when doing inspections and having to change nozzles.” Greg Winchel Winchel Irrigation Grandville, Mich. “Our rotor of preference... read more

Become a talent magnet

May 10, 2015By
Illustration: ©

“There aren’t enough people interested in working in the cold, at night, plowing and shoveling snow. We’re worried about being able to perform the work we’ve sold. A similar problem exists on the green side, but at least the work is more steady and during the day.” Sound familiar? Many snow and ice professionals today tell themselves these same things.... read more

Another type of ammo: Fearless execution

May 9, 2015By

This is part one of LM‘s “Another type of ammo” Snow + Ice Guide. Read part two, “Inclined to think ahead,” here. He works neither in a tux nor with a martini, but Justin Gamester is, in fact, a “James Bond” in the snow removal industry—and he gives some of the credit to using liquid deicers. The vice president of... read more

SafetyWatch: List of string trimming safety hazards

May 8, 2015By
Photo: Laura Watilo Blake

SafetyWatch list of hazards The list of hazards in this photo includes, but is not limited to: -Lack of safety vests. -Lack of hearing protection. -Lack of eye protection. -Lack of cones or traffic control devices. What did we miss? We invite you—as employers and workers in the landscape industry—to share your expertise. Email your responses to LM Editor Marisa... read more