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Technically Speaking: To Deadhead or Not to Deadhead

Nothing is quite luxurious as having a landscape filled with beautiful flowers blooming and if you’re wanting to extend the length of the blooming season for your customers, deadheading can help achieve this. Deadheading is the practice of removing spent blooms from flowering plants. It refreshes a plant’s appearance, controls seed dispersal and redirects their […]

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Lawn Care: Dealing with Summer Pests

Summer months are the most likely time your clients will want to be out enjoying their yard and the last thing you want are pests ruining their green lawns. Below are some of the insects you can expect to be common in the summer months as well as how to detect and control them. Chinch […]

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From Data to Decisions: Making Sense of the Information Deluge Faced by Fleet Managers

Guest Content With the proliferation of telematics through sensor technology, mobile-based data collection and, more recently, artificial intelligence (AI), there is an unprecedented amount of real-time information fleet managers can acquire from their connected vehicles. However, having all that data at your fingertips and knowing exactly what to do with it are two completely different […]

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The picture illustrates a tall fescue clump in a stand of Kentucky bluegrass ryegrass lawn.
Photo: FMC Professional Solutions

Lawn Care Corner: Not All Lawn Brown Spots Are Created Equally!

The summer months bring about environmental conditions that challenge the development, growth, and health of cool-season grasses. Conversely, warm-season grasses thrive in the summer months. However, the hot and humid weather conditions promote pathogens that could impede turfgrass health, if not managed properly. The most common impact of the summer conditions is the appearance of discolored, […]

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Technically Speaking: Extending Your Mower’s Lifespan

During the peak of the mowing season, the last thing you want to experience is downtime. By following a number of best practices, you can mitigate downtime and extend your mower’s lifespan. When it comes down to it, the main principle is if you take good care of your equipment it will last you much […]

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Yellow nutsedge is one of the many weeds you'll see in the summer.
Photo: FMC Professional Solutions

Lawn Care Corner: Managing Summer Weeds

Depending on your location, what summer weeds your clients see popping up will vary in the coming months. “In general, annual grasses like crabgrass and yellow foxtail have emerged,” says Ken Hutto, Ph.D., product development manager with FMC Professional Solutions.  “Yellow nutsedge and Kyllinga species are more noticeable in cool-season turfgrass markets this time of year. […]

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Jason Minshew and Annie Taylor bought Foxglove Gardening in 2016.
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Foxglove Gardening: Serving the Fine Gardening Niche

In Flagstaff, Arizona, Foxglove Gardening has been offering fine gardening and landscape maintenance services for over 35 years. Founded by Joan Abbott, the company was purchased by married couple Jason Minshew and Annie Taylor when they learned she wanted to retire. Previously, Minshew and Taylor had worked together at a landscape architecture firm called Gardens […]

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Lawn Care Corner: Controlling Summer Insect Pests Begins in May

Depending on your location in the country, May is prime time for certain insects to begin attacking your customers’ lawns. How you go about identifying the damage and treating it properly is crucial so check out the prime suspects that may find their way to your customers’ susceptible turf. Scouting for these insects in May […]

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Lawn Care Corner: Proper Tank Mixing Practices

As a lawn care operator, efficiency is key, especially as you add more customers and need to cover more properties in one day. One method for efficiency is to take advantage of tank mixing multiple products to treat several lawn issues in one visit. “Tank mixing is needed for lawn care operators because oftentimes they’re […]

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How I Do It: Operating with A New or Used Fleet

To buy new or used equipment, that is the question. While everyone likes the idea of an all-new fleet, there’s nothing wrong with operating with a fleet of used equipment or a mixture of both. It really all comes down to where you’re at in the business as one size does not fit all. Todd […]

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