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Step by Step: How to perform stump grinding

June 18, 2018By
Illustration: David Preiss

Cutting down a tree is only the first part of a professional tree removal service. The leftover stump can cause problems long after the tree is gone, so stump grinding services are necessary to grind the stump, remove the debris and return the area to its natural state. By stump grinding, contractors remove the core and kill the base of... read more

Step by Step: How to aerate properly

June 6, 2018By
Aeration step 2. Illustration: David Preiss

As time goes on, soil naturally compacts. Aeration, also called coring and aerifying, perforates the soil to allow air, water and nutrients to reach a lawn’s roots. It also removes mild thatch. This helps roots grow deeper, making the lawn more vigorous and drought resistant. Aeration should occur when turf is in its peak growing season so it can recover... read more

Step by Step: How to install a green wall

April 30, 2018By
How to install a green wall, step 2. Illustration: David Preiss

For their aesthetic and environmental benefits, green walls are becoming an increasingly popular way to personalize a space. Green walls, also known as living walls, can be used in both interior and exterior applications and are effective in commercial, industrial, educational, governmental and residential settings. There are a number of manufacturers that provide green wall systems in their entirety for... read more

Step by Step: How to calibrate a stand-on sprayer

March 19, 2018By
Illustrations: David Preiss

Calibrating a stand-on sprayer before arriving on a customer’s property can save lawn care operators (LCOs) many headaches caused by over- or under-applying products. It’s recommended that professionals recalibrate sprayers each time they change the spray pressure. To calibrate a sprayer, LCOs must find three measurements: distance, time and volume. The distance it takes for equipment to spray an area... read more

Step by Step: How to evaluate a new franchise opportunity

March 2, 2018By
illustrations: David Preiss

Investing in a franchise is an important decision that requires in-depth research and reliable information. While it’s not always easy to evaluate newer franchise opportunities, there are ways to get the information you need to make an educated decision on whether to move forward. Usually, the most valuable thing an entrepreneur can do is interview and visit franchisees. In the... read more

Step by Step: How to do a microinjection

February 14, 2018By
illustrations: David Preiss

Tree care professionals are turning to microinjection units to keep trees healthy and free of pests and diseases. Microinjection units allow applicators to administer a product directly into a tree’s vascular system using a single-dose applicator that’s manually pressurized. This method eliminates spray drift and reduces groundwater contamination, while reducing applicator exposure. It’s also an alternative in areas where spraying... read more