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Winter Burn on Minnesota's Evergreens
All evergreen species can be injured by winter burn and the winter of 2013-14 is proving to be no exception. Winter burn injury has been observed on many evergreen trees and shrubs. As we move from late winter into early spring and temperatures continue to increase, more o....


EPA Announces Voluntary Process to Provide Applicators with Online Access to Pesticide Labeling
As part of a series of initiatives to improve pesticide labeling, EPA has issued a Pesticide Registration Notice (13 pp, 2.7 MB) on web-distributed labeling. PR Notice 2014-1 outlines a new voluntary process by which registrants can opt to make legally-valid pesticide labe....


Celebrate National Lawn Care Month
The start of the spring season is the perfect time to harness the public’s excitement about the outdoors and remind them about the benefits of a well-cared-for lawn. PLANET has created a web page to help you spread the word about National Lawn Care Month. Feel free t....


Pruning Priorities for Spring of ’14
Tree Pruning: Get your winter tree work done soon – spring is coming. There may be time for late winter trimming of Flowering Crab and Hawthorn, but not Honeylocust trees. Because Honeylocust are susceptible to Nectria Canker they should have been trimme....


MNLA President Heidi Heiland profiled in StarTribune
Heidi launched her own company when she was just 17. She’d been working at her summer job as a landscape “water girl” for a townhouse developer. “They were putting in a garden for the CEO,” she recalled. But the garden was uninspiring — ....


How To Develop a Weed-Management Program
According to Ronald Calhoun, Ph.D., the foundation of any successful weed-management program includes the following: command of weed ecology, weed identification skills, and an understanding of herbicides and their active ingredients.....


Prune for Winter Cash Flow
Winter pruning can be a smart business move for any company offering landscape maintenance services. The key is matching the services provided to your clients' needs and to the expertise of your staff. Consider also the investment you want to make in specialized equipment.....


Branded by a smile
How Your Green Team grew 200 percent by winning over their clients’ neighbors.....


Combinations: 15 Hot Picks For Spring
Mixed upright combinations and hanging baskets are becoming more and more sophisticated as customers clamor for a variety of choices for patios, decks, porches and anywhere else they can fit or hang a pot.....


How Safe is Glyphosphate?
Although glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup® and a number of other herbicides, has been generally determined to be of minimal risk to non-target organisms and human health from a regulatory perspective, some research findings have questioned this conclusion a....


2014 Zero-Turn Mower Preview
A look at key trends in commercial zero-turn riding mowers, along with what leading manufacturers are introducing for this season.....


Neonicotinoid Pesticides Certain to be a Target of Activist Groups in 2014
Last year a couple of high-profile incidents where neonicotinoid treatments were apparently misapplied resulted in large bee kills. Some groups have used these events to put pressure on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and some state regulatory agencies to limit a....


Perspectives on Neonicotinoids
Many in our industry are being bombarded with questions about pesticides and how they affect pollinators like bees. Joe Bischoff (ANLA Government Affairs guru) wrote an excellent article on neonicotinoids that appeared in the October Scoop. I believe Joe's stance on the ....


Soft landing for economy?
Landscapers and lawn care contractors will find the economy providing enough support for them to make progress, but 2014 will not be strong enough to bail out poorly managed operations. The local economy is important to everyone, and they will continue to be quite varied. ....


“Why do we do what we do?”
I would encourage green industry leaders to “start with why.” What are the reasons behind why your organization does what it does? Focus on those, and rally your team around those values, to lead them to excellence in the green industry.....


Artificial Turf Trend Not Slowing Down
Artificial turf is a growing trend all over the world, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. ....


Watch Out For Palmer Amaranth
Palmer or Palmer’s amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri S. Watson) is one of many species of amaranth found in North America, but one that has not yet been documented in Minnesota. It is, however, a serious weed whose distribution is expanding and for which the agricultural ....


Bee kill in Mpls. blamed on insecticide
A large-scale bee kill in Minneapolis is being blamed on exposure to a common insecticide. The University of Minnesota's Bee Lab and Bee Squad, with help from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, says the kill that claimed the life of thousands of bees in mid-Septemb....


Holiday Lighting
In today’s busy world, many owners have neither the time nor the inclination to do it themselves. That’s where you come in. Many green industry professionals have added holiday light installation to their roster of services, to the great benefit of their bottom....


Are You Safe From Lightning?
Lightning, a weather phenomenon we are all familiar with, is an employee and customer safety issue that should be treated with respect and taken seriously. Research reported by the National Oceanic and Aeronautics Administration (NOAA) and others can be useful in understa....


Masters of Disaster
What happens when Mother Nature interferes and you’re faced with the super storm of the century? Or, when a fire next door spreads to your facility and destroys your business property? No one wants to plan for disaster. But preparing for business interruptions is cri....


A Cut Above Landscape Management's Mission, Vision and Core Values
This past year, Brad Terrell of A Cut Above Landscape Management based in Fortson, GA, decided to conduct an exercise he’d heard about for years but never deemed a priority: develop a company mission statement, vision, and set of core values. Doing this has helped ge....


Is Your Weed Management System Safe, Effective and Up-To-Date?
The 2013 edition of Turfgrass Weed Control for Professionals is a great source of up-to-date information on the herbicides and plant growth regulators (PGR’s) available for use on turf. It is a practical, information-packed publication that provides the key informat....


Retaining Customers in the Snow Removal Business
Why do I want to go into the snow removal business? That’s a relatively simple question to answer. If I were a landscape contractor living and working in the colder climates, I would like to find something to generate cash flow during the slow months of winter. After....


Install Sod Like the Pro That You Are
For landscapers who install turfgrass sod on a regular basis it might seem relatively easy, but for the inexperienced, what they don't know can have consequences down the road. To avoid the unexpected and make your job easier, a few easy-to-follow steps recommended by The ....


Healthy Turf Benefits Water Quality
Turf is often viewed negatively from an environmental perspective and especially as it relates to stormwater runoff and water quality. The belief that turf is inherently bad for water quality doesn’t otherwise appear to be supported by scientific research.....


Recent Bee Kill Serves as a Reminder: Always Read & Follow Pesticide Label Instructions!
On June 27, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced a 180-day temporary use restriction for all plant applications – by professionals and non-professionals – of any pesticide product with the active ingredient dinotefuran. ODA has implemented the re....


13 big ideas any size company can learn from
The companies on the LM150 list are chock full of good ideas that firms of any size can learn from. We take a look at 13 programs, systems and philosophies that can help you boost business in 2013 and beyond.....


Avoid 3 Summer Lawn Diseases
All lawn diseases have their peak seasons, and some in particular are more prone to show during the summer months. Here are three to look for as the weather warms up. ....


Mid-Season Mower Maintenance Tips
Now that mowing season is well under way, the last thing you want is for your mower to experience downtime. The following tips will help you keep your mower running in tip-top shape.....