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Green Lawn Fertilizing Offers Employees Free Truck as a Safety Incentive

It’s easy to say safety matters at your company but implementing safety programs that are effective is another matter. In the case of Green Lawn Fertilizing, based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, they have recently implemented an interesting safe driving incentive program that got its inspiration back in 2006. The company was in its third year […]

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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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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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Shifting Gears: What to Consider When Changing Your Company’s Focus

People are creatures of habit and typically avoid change when they can. However, sometimes it may be necessary to take a hard look at your current business model and shift your focus. In the case of The Plant Concierge LLC, based in Dallas, Texas, the company has actually changed its model several times. The first […]

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Technically Speaking: Common Lawn Diseases to Watch For

Lawn diseases are unsightly and unwanted in any customer’s yard. They can also be a challenge to identify properly as drought and pest-damaged lawns can look like diseased turf. Fungal pathogens are the culprit behind lawn diseases and for a lawn disease to truly take hold the right conditions, a vulnerable grass plant, and a […]

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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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Technically Speaking: Controlling Nutsedge

Nutsedges are perennial weeds that are aggressive and difficult to control. While the weed may look grassy, it is not a grass or a broadleaf weed but a sedge. Sedges have triangular stems and three rows of leaves. They grow at a much faster rate than turfgrasses, making them very noticeable in yards. Sedges require […]

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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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Call Backs

Lawn Care: Preventing Customer Call Backs

With the official start of spring just around the corner, lawn care crews are ramping up for the season. One way to make sure this season is particularly productive is to cut down on customer call backs. “Call backs are very costly to a business: the inefficiencies on your time and labor, fuel, wear and […]

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Soil

Lawn Care Corner: Why Knowing Your Soil pH Is Important

When it comes to managing your customers’ soil fertility, knowing soil pH values is critical. “By definition, soil pH is a measure of the soil Hydrogen ion (H+) content in the soil solution,” says Ben Hamza, Ph.D., product development associate director with FMC Professional Solutions. “This measure falls on a scale from 0 to 14, […]

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