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  • 2020 PGMS scholarship program now accepting applications

    December 2, 2019By

    The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) is accepting 2020 scholarship applications for students in horticulture or related fields. Applicants must be students in at least in their first year of college or in their senior year of high school with acceptance to a two- or four-year program. The top recipient will have the opportunity to attend the School of Grounds... read more

    How to prep for tax season

    December 2, 2019By
    Tax files (Photo: iStock.com/gollykim)

    Filing taxes. No one really likes it, but, year after year, it’s an unavoidable task. For landscape business owners, being prepared with the right information and a savvy adviser can lessen the stress of tax season. Dan Gordon, CPA and owner of Turf Books, a green industry accounting and bookkeeping firm based in Newton, N.J., says it’s a good idea... read more

    Belchim enters supply agreement with Albaugh

    November 20, 2019By

    Belchim Crop Protection USA entered into an exclusive supply agreement with Albaugh for its pelargonic acid-based products, including Beloukha Garden Herbicide, specifically to support the turf and ornamental industry in the United States. Beloukha is a bio-based, foliar-applied, contact herbicide made from sunflowers that provides burn down of both annual and perennial broadleaf and grass weeds, as well as most mosses... read more

    Eliminating ground ivy

    November 15, 2019By
    Ground ivy (Photo: Nufarm)

    A creeping broadleaf weed identified by its scalloped leaves, square stems and, in some cases, blue-violet flowers, ground ivy is sometimes misidentified as mallow, henbit or purple deadnettle, according to Mike Sisti, golf and lawn care market manager at FMC Corp. It tends to germinate in the spring in cooler areas with high moisture such as the Midwest and Northeast.... read more

    Humates and biochars: Better soil, less toil

    November 15, 2019By
    The higher cost of humates and biochars is often offset by increased soil efficiency. (Photo: LebanonTurf)

    Humates and biochars have been around for quite some time, but within the past five to 10 years, lawn care operators (LCOs) have begun to recognize the value they provide in improving soil health and feeding the plant. “There’s a renewed interest because of the regulatory pressure that’s coming down in the industry,” says Jeremy Bigler, landscape channel manager for... read more

    Keep spray equipment in top shape

    November 15, 2019By
    Spray hose (Photo: iStock.com/adventtr)

    When it comes to maintenance of hoses, nozzles, sprayers and reels, there’s no secret formula to keeping your equipment in top form. It boils down simply to time — as in taking the time to follow through on the little things. “Like with any mechanical equipment, maintenance is key,” says Kurt Upham, president of OhDeer in Wayland, Mass. “Don’t neglect... read more