Bob Mann, Author at The Edge from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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Author: Bob Mann

Bob Mann is the director of state and local government relations for NALP.

The lawn in the foreground is 100 percent crabgrass while the lawn in the background has virtually none.

The Agronomist: What Weed Killer Should I Use to Kill This Weed? Try Healthy Turf

I have a stunning admission to make. I love lawn weeds. I know, I know. You don’t need to tell me. Failure to control weeds is the number one reason that lawn care customers cancel their services. And yes, I have battled the dastardly dandelion and the crafty clover in lawns for years. Most of […]

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The Agronomist: Getting Round 1 Right

As goes Round 1, so goes the season. Or at least that’s the saying in the lawn care business; the first visit to a customer’s home and the quality of the application sets the tone for the rest of the year. This is not only true for agronomics but also from the perspective of customer […]

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The Agronomist: Best Management Practices to Combat Material Shortages

Back in 2008 I still owned my own company and part of my portfolio of work was performing bulk applications of fertilizer to golf courses, sports fields, and similar large properties. A fertilizer salesperson would complete a sale and ask if the customer planned on spreading it themselves or if they wanted me to do it. One […]

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The Agronomist: Reflecting on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Your Lawn Care Season

Hopefully by the time you read this your lawn care season is drawing to a successful conclusion. A well-deserved rest awaits before you begin the planning process for the 2022 season. But before you put things to bed for the year, I suggest you take some time to reflect upon the good, the bad and the ugly of the […]

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The Agronomist: Eyes on the Future

You may not know this about me, but I grew up on a golf course. My dad was a superintendent for over 60 years and in that time, he saw incredible progress in his profession from the pesticides that he used (DDT, aldrin, chlordane – all the old-fashioned stuff) to the equipment used to maintain the course. The first course that he worked […]

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The Agronomist: Take a Leaf Out of a Farmer’s Book and Till Your Customers’ Properties

I must admit that I really enjoy watching farming videos on YouTube. The Millennium Farmer and Farmhand Mike are some of my favorites. I live in a part of the country where my food comes from a supermarket so seeing how crops are tended on such an enormous scale is something that fascinates me.   What stands out in these videos is something […]

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NALP members met with Rep. Billy Long, (R-MO) as part of the Virtual Legislative Days.

NALP’s First Virtual Legislative Days Made a Big Impact

Our first virtual Legislative Days drew to a close on Friday afternoon, June 25, with over 130 meetings between elected officials and their staffs and NALP members. Conversations focused on supporting the recently introduced H-2B returning worker exemption bill, HR 3897 introduced by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and by bipartisan co-sponsors. Staff members on the […]

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The Agronomist: ‘I’ve Got Crabgrass in My Lawn!’ (Do They Really?)

In the early spring, you will encounter a great many phone calls from customers that deal with the subject of crabgrass. Let’s look at a couple of frequent ones. Q: It’s early spring and I’ve already got crabgrass in my lawn. A: Not likely. Until the weather gets hot, crabgrass seedlings stay relatively small and […]

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The Agronomist: Productivity Tips for More Efficient Mornings

It’s spring! Finally, the birds are singing, the forsythia is blooming, the lawns are greening up and the phone is ringing off the hook. It’s go time in the lawn care business! But why does it seem as though your day is a repeat of one of those dreams where you can’t move? You have lots […]

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Portland, Maine Ordinance Passes

Last week on a 9-0 vote, the City Council in Portland, Maine approved an ordinance that will prohibit the use of all synthetic pesticides on both public and private property beginning July 1, 2018. This ordinance follows a similar one passed in neighboring South Portland. For landscape professionals, this means that only products that are […]

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