TAG: Illinois

Illinois village considers ban on phosphorus fertilizers

July 2, 2015By

Officials in Mundelein, Ill., are considering enacting a ban on fertilizers containing phosphorus, according to the Daily Herald. Other cities in Illinois, including Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Antioch and other suburbs, have already banned the nutrient. In 2010, Illinois banned lawn care companies from using fertilizers with phosphorous on residential lawns. The state also limits the amount of phosphorous in cleaning agents,... read more

Illinois firm earns 3rd Angie’s List Super Service Award

January 15, 2014By

For its third straight year, Evanston, Ill.-based Nature’s Perspective Landscaping earned an Angie’s List Super Service Award. “Earning this award three years in a row demonstrates our company’s commitment to excellence,” said Tom Klitzkie, president. “Our employees made it possible, and I am very proud of each and every one of them.” Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners met... read more

Melanie Stanton leads TPI

January 14, 2014By

Melanie Stanton accepted the position of executive director of Turfgrass Producers International (TPI). She joins TPI from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) in Arlington Heights, Ill., where she served as accreditation manager. While at ASPS, Stanton secured a six-year accreditation, allowing the society to more efficiently allocate staff resources to other projects, secure outside funding for programs and... read more

Managing seasonality: Alternative services and beyond

September 5, 2013By

Wreaths and tinsel seemed a far better option to Gary Fouts than laying off employees from his landscape maintenance business for the eighth year in a row. For this reason he opted to operate a Christmas Décor franchise in 1999 during the off-season for his New Lennox, Ill.-based company, then-named Principle Lawn Care & Maintenance. He made $30,000 from the... read more

Irrigation contractor license gets 10-year extension in Illinois

August 30, 2013By

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the 10-year extension of the irrigation contractor license into law Aug. 2. Without this extension, the law would have required irrigation contractors to be licensed plumbers in order to do any type of irrigation work in a commercial or residential landscape setting. “This is a big win for the irrigation industry and the people of... read more

Spring-Green recognizes franchisee for excellence

August 21, 2013By

Spring-Green honored Virginia-based franchisee Charlie Marshall at the company’s National Training Conference in Bloomingdale, Ill., earlier this month. Selected from a national network of franchise owners, Marshall was presented with the Founders Award, the highest receivable recognition for a member of the Spring-Green franchise system. “Spring-Green created a Founders Award many years ago to recognize the characteristics, values and efforts... read more