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Helping Make the Impossible Possible

Sponsored Content Syngenta understands that your customers have high expectations when they hire a lawn care company. One of the top concerns from homeowners is weed control, which is why Barricade® herbicide is the first choice for reliable pre-emergence control of tough weeds such as crabgrass for well over a decade. However, if the pre-emergence […]

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Technically Speaking: The Importance of Soil Testing

When you take on a new lawn care client, you may think you know what products should be applied based on what you’re seeing in the turf. However, there is a lot more going on than meets the eye and this is where soil tests come in. “It’s like going to the doctor,” says Mike […]

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Tree Care: Pros and Cons of Bare Root, Balled and Burlapped and Container Grown

Nursery stock is grown in several different ways, and you might think that as long as you can get the trees you need for the job, it doesn’t matter how they arrive. However, no production method is the best for all situations. You should consider the availability, price and adaptability to local site conditions. Check […]

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Spotting Signs of Trouble During Irrigation Startups

As temperatures warm up across the country, the time for conducting spring irrigation startups has started or is just around the corner for your landscape company. Russ Jundt, founder of Conserva Irrigation, based in Glen Allen, Virginia, calls this process summerization because it is the opposite of winterization and there is far more to summerizing […]

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Maintenance Matters: Extending the Life of Handheld Equipment

Sponsored Content There’s no specific season when your handheld equipment is more likely to break down, but you definitely don’t want it to happen during the spring busy season. Being proactive with your equipment maintenance is the key to preventing early wear and tear. “Any of the products are subject to two major causes of […]

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Lawn and Landscape Companies Adjust to Rapidly Rising Gas Prices

As if labor challenges and supply chain issues weren’t enough, the recent increase in gas prices is another topic keeping lawn and landscape company owners up at night as they try to adjust to this newest complication. The highest recorded average price for regular unleaded gas was hit earlier this month at $4.33, according to […]

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Spring Cleanup Strategies: Should You Offer Single Service?

Spring cleanups can be used to set client expectations throughout the season and assure them that they are in good hands. One choice you’ll have to make is if you want to offer this service as a single-time offering or as part of a maintenance contract. Jay Rotonnelli, vice president of business development for Piscataqua Landscaping […]

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Starting Spring Cleanup Season Off Right

First impressions do matter and for companies that provide landscape maintenance, your spring cleanup work can serve as the first impression of your quality of work to companies and homeowners. Not only do spring cleanups set the tone for the customer relationship, but they are also important horticulturally. It sets up the foundation for healthy […]

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Technically Speaking: Conducting Rejuvenation Pruning

Many landscape shrubs grow larger than the location where they are planted. When these shrubs get out of hand, it is best to conduct rejuvenation pruning to bring them back to an appropriate size. Regular pruning to keep a plant at an acceptable height can cause shrubs to get twiggy and ugly. “To correct this, […]

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Vole runways are most noticeable in the late winter or early spring.
Photo: University of Maryland Extension

Landscape Challenges: Dealing with Voles

Voles go by many names including meadow mice, ground moles, and field mice. Call them what you want them, but regardless of the name, voles can leave some serious damage in their wake. Voles can often be mistaken for moles, shrews and mice. They have rounded blunt snouts, pointed front teeth and their eyes and […]

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