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TAG: Step by Step

Step by Step: How to perform rejuvenation pruning

July 18, 2018By
winter pruning. Illustration: David Preiss

Deciduous shrubs require maintenance pruning to keep them healthy and in scale with their surroundings. Two techniques—extensive and gradual rejuvenation— are used to restore old, overgrown shrubs that are otherwise healthy. After rejuvenation pruning, a shrub regrows from its roots, becoming a compact, youthful plant with maximum bloom. This method is preferred for many flowering shrubs because it’s quick and... read more

Step by Step: How to perform stump grinding

June 18, 2018By
Illustration: David Preiss

Stump grinder operators should always wear personal protective equipment. Follow these step-by-step instructions for how to perform stump grinding. 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