TAG: Jim Novak

People on the Move: Davey vp, TPI communications manager retire; more from PBI, Hartney Greymount, Cool Planet, Ruppert

April 26, 2017By

Steve Marshall, executive vice president and assistant to the president, retired after 40 years of service to The Davey Tree Expert Co. Marshall, who retired April 1, started his career with Davey in the Akron office in 1977 as a lawn care technician. Rising through the ranks, he eventually joined the corporate office and became a key member of the executive... read more

Don’t double up on sod

December 20, 2012By

Turfgrass sod experts agree: Installing sod on an existing lawn will create more work in the end. The Internet can be a tremendous tool, especially when it comes to seeking helpful information. Unfortunately, misinformation is abundant. Consider this “advice” one website’s contributing writer offered. “Professional landscapers often apply sod directly over grass. The sod compresses the grass and limits its... read more

TPI 2012 Summer Convention & Field Days

April 3, 2012By
Image: The Grove Park Inn

By: Jim Novak, Turfgrass Producers International – TPI   Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) will hold its 2012 Summer Convention and Field Days, July 31-Aug. 2 in Asheville, NC — and there’s already a great deal of excitement surrounding the event. The host hotel is the historic Grove Park Inn nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Turfgrass producers from around the world, including... read more

Researching the Research

October 14, 2011By

By: Jim Novak, Turfgrass Producers International – TPI Landscape professionals, lawn care specialists, park district field supervisors and even sports field managers are sometimes challenged by well intentioned, but often misinformed parties, asking them to justify the resources required to maintain a natural turfgrass field or a healthy lawn. Questions often arise because getting the message out on the environmental benefits... read more

The EPA wants to regulate this and that…but does it know what this and that is?

March 11, 2011By

By: Jim Novak, Turfgrass Producers International It seems as if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making rules and regulations on just about everything. Of concern is the perception that some EPA decision-makers and regulators sometimes seem a bit remiss when it comes to doing their homework or consulting with members of the scientific community prior to making far-reaching decisions that... read more

Measuring golf’s carbon footprint benefits the entire industry

March 2, 2011By

By: Jim Novak, Turfgrass Producers International The Colorado Golf Carbon Project was initiated to recognize the ecological value of golf courses and to fund related environmental research. The research findings resulting from such an undertaking will no doubt benefit everybody involved with turfgrass, whether we’re talking about turfgrass on golf courses, sports fields, community parks or home lawns. Presently, there are... read more