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TAG: Bob Mann

Hot spots: States regulations to keep an eye on

April 12, 2018By

It’s the first time in 35 years that lawn care industry veteran Bob Mann hasn’t kicked off spring by pushing a fertilizer spreader. In his relatively new role as director of state and local government relations for the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), he’s been spending his time at local and state legislature meetings to advocate for the industry,... read more

Issue Brief: Local politics matter

March 19, 2018By

In my line of work, I attend a lot of hearings—state legislatures, city councils, county commissions and everything in between. Recently, I traveled to Florida where a county commission was deciding whether to impose fertilizer application blackout dates during much of the growing season. The science is on our side; the judicious use of fertilizer on turfgrass is a net... read more

People on the Move: Bob Mann joins NALP; Ariens names new group president; ArtisTree promotes new GM; ACRT HR exec recognized

September 6, 2017By

Bob Mann, LIC, formerly the agronomist for Lawn Dawg, joined the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) in the newly created role of director of state and local government relations. Mann is a graduate of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture with a degree in turf management and a 1985 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree... read more

Are you ready to expand your lawn care company?

March 10, 2017By
Q&A At the 2016 Lawn Care Forum, LM Editor Marisa Palmieri led a panel about branches and satellites.

The questions you need to ask yourself before opening a new satellite or branch. As a company grows, it can reach a point where it outgrows its facilities and is ripe for expansion. If your shop is full and your crews are spending more time getting to their routes than actually working on them, it might be time to consider... read more

Actively seeking solutions

August 20, 2015By

As many turf and ornamental pesticide active ingredients have gone off patent, LCOs have more choices when it comes to product selection. How do you decide whether 
to use a patented or off-patent pesticide product? 1. Consider profitability. Most lawn care companies operate on slim margins and are affected by factors outside their operational control—such as the weather or how... read more