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Lawn Care Corner: FAQs on the Benefits of Fall Lawn Aeration, Seeding, and Weed Control

Fall is well underway and with it comes a number of necessary tasks to prepare the lawn for a strong start in the spring. Below are some answers to some common questions. Why are aeration and seeding so important for cool-season grasses? Aeration and overseeding are important cultural practices for cool-season grasses. Aeration alleviates soil […]

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A Happy Fleet is a Healthy Fleet – Five Steps to Rewarding Your Best Drivers

Guest Content Drivers are the lifeblood of any successful fleet, and – just like topping off the oil in an engine – it pays to keep drivers happy by recognizing when they go the extra mile in their day-to-day. Raising morale among a fleet’s drivers isn’t just a matter of doing the right thing; data […]

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Landscape Maintenance: Managing Fall Leaves

The changing of the season is often appreciated for the deciduous trees’ leaves showcasing beautiful hues of red, yellow and orange. However, once the leaves have fallen, they become a chore. While some insist you should just leave the leaves, there is some nuance to that practice. Fallen leaves do decompose and provide valuable nutrients […]

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Lawn Care Corner: Controlling Fall Armyworms

Sponsored Content Fall armyworms are stout-bodied, hairless, striped caterpillars that feed on grass foliage in turf and crops. While Fall armyworms are more often associated with agricultural crops but they can be quite damaging to turfgrasses as well. Host grass species include Poa spp., bermudagrass, ryegrass, fescue, bluegrass, and Johnson grass. Lawn care operators are […]

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Optimizing Operations: Scheduling Irrigation Winterizations

Fall is officially here and with winter lurking around the corner, it’s time for the necessary task of scheduling irrigation winterizations. By conducting irrigation blowouts in a timely manner, you can ensure there is no water in the irrigation system before the freezing temperatures arrive. Perfect Timing Obviously, where you are located will play a […]

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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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Business Smarts: Managing Equipment Assets

If you have GPS fleet tracking on your trucks, you might think there’s no need to track the individual pieces of equipment since they’re with your trucks and trailers going out to jobsites. However, tracking equipment can provide far more information than just its last known location. “If your tools could talk, what would they […]

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Lawn Care Corner: Dealing with Mature Weeds

This late in the summer season if you’ve got lawn care clients complaining about weeds, you’re often dealing with mature versions that are more challenging to banish from the yard. While they may take a little more effort to get rid of, not all hope is lost when it comes to managing mature weeds. Below […]

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Business Smarts: Adding Holiday Lighting As a Service

Holiday lighting can become quite a lucrative business for your landscape or lawn care company if you go about it properly. In the case of Scott Young, owner of Certified Christmas Lights, he started with his father’s pest control business and was able to scale it to $5.8 million with holiday lighting. Some of the […]

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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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