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TAG: News + How to’s

Step by Step: How to take a soil sample

October 22, 2014By

Many challenges associated with unhealthy turf and landscapes can be traced to soil problems. Soil tests are the place to start to correct these problems. Experts recommend that turf managers test soils every three years or more to check for fertility needs, pH levels, organic matter and/or soluble salts. Fall and spring are traditional times to test soils, but any... read more

Efficiency Tip: Route right

October 22, 2014By

As a former over-the-road trucker, Chris Nieves knows the importance of routing efficiency. He creates a “trip plan” every day to cut down on mileage, improve fuel economy and decrease vehicle wear and tear. The owner of Progressive Lawn Maintenance in Mobile, Ala., uses a Rand McNally IntelliRoute TND 720 LM Truck GPS unit, which allows him to create multiple-stop... read more

Plant growth regulators: Which do you use and why?

October 22, 2014By

Eric Stewart Owner of Eric Stewart Enterprises in Bexley, Ohio “I’ve used Embark to slow growth around tombstones at a 42-acre cemetery. It would allow us to skip trimming for about three or four weeks in peak growing season. I also recommend adding a pre- and postemergent weed control, as the weeds will continue to thrive.” Steve Crowe Founder/owner of... read more

Bruce’s View: The slow-mo pivot

October 22, 2014By

Big change has been brewing in our industry for more than a decade. It started when consulting firm McKinsey & Co. began examining ValleyCrest in the late 1990s. It proved itself with a private equity firm merging ValleyCrest and Brickman in the $2 billion megadeal earlier this year. The upside potential of the green industry is no longer a secret.... read more