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4/17/2014 - Randy Coleman Replaces Larry Hilsheimer as ScottsMiracle-Gro CFO

MARYSVILLE, Ohio - The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG), announced April 17 that its board of directors has named Randy Coleman as executive vice president and chief financial officer.Coleman replaces Larry Hilsheimer, who has left the Company effective immediately and is pursuing other opportunities, according to a news release from the company. "I have worked with Randy for more that a...


Gravely Wins 2014 Mower Madness Championship - MowersDirect.com to host Mower Madness again in 2015 - BOLINGBROOK, Ill. - ...

4/17/2014 - Gravely Wins 2014 Mower Madness Championship

MowersDirect.com to host Mower Madness again in 2015
BOLINGBROOK, Ill. - Gravely took an early lead in the 2014 Mower Madness Championship and cruised to a 64%-36% victory against sister-brand Ariens. The Mower Madness Tournament started with 64 lawn mower brands and used bracketology, pitting the top lawn mower brands against each other to eventually crown the 2014 Mower Ma...


FMC's New Turf Advisor Provides 'On the Go' Weed Info - PHILADELPHIA - Having trouble telling buttonweed from buttercup? D...

4/17/2014 - FMC's New Turf Advisor Provides 'On the Go' Weed Info

PHILADELPHIA - Having trouble telling buttonweed from buttercup? Don't know nutsedge from kyllinga? Need instant solutions to weed problems while on the job? You can now be as smart as your smart phone with Turf AdvisorT by FMC. Providing instant mobile access to a wealth of weed and herbicide information, the new FMC mob...


4/16/2014 - Scalding Hot Water Safer than Roundup?

Mid-sized Canadian city seeking a contractor to 'cook' its weeds
RICHMOND, British Columbia, Canada - City officials here are in the process of seeking a contractor to spray the weeds in their sidewalks and medians with scalding hot water. Council banned the use traditional lawn care herbicides, including Roundup, five years ago, reported the Richmond Review newspaper April 2. City spokesperson Ted Townsend...


4/16/2014 - PLANET Names Zachery Johnson AEF 2014 Educator of the Year

HERNDON, Va. - The PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation (PLANET AEF) recently honored Zachery Johnson, LIC, PLA, as its 2014 Outstanding Educator of the Year. Johnson is associate professor of Landscape Design and Contracting and the Landscape Business programs at Colorado State University (CSU). He received the honor March 23, at PLANET's Student Career Days event, hosted by CSU in Fort Collins,...


4/16/2014 - PGMS Streamlines Green Star Application Process

BALTIMORE, Md.- The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) streamlined the online system for submitting Green Star Award applications. The online system is completely paperless and easy to use. Applicants can now submit their entire application and PowerPoint with one click of the mouse and be on their way to be the next Green Star winner. With the new system in place, PGMS is now accepting...


4/16/2014 - Bayer CropScience Celebrates Grand Opening of Bee Care Center

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.- Bayer CropScience on April 15 celebrated the grand opening of its North American Bee Care Center, at its North American headquarters in Research Triangle Park. The $2.4 million center brings together significant technological, scientific and academic resources, with goals of promoting improved honey bee health, product stewardship and sustainable agriculture. A 6,000-square-foot,...


4/16/2014 - Governmental Creep Our Industry's Biggest Threat

by Ron Hall/Editor-in-Chief
I call it governmental creep. That's creep not as in "creepy," although now that I consider that a bit more, perhaps that's not so far off. But, to be clear, let's consider creep in the sense of slight almost imperceptible movement in a single direction. In the case of government that direction is toward more oversight, more regulation and more meddling. It's inexorable and promoted (ostensibly)...


4/15/2014 - Dealers Choice Award Goes to Kubota Tractor Corp.

TORRANCE, Calif.- Kubota Tractor Corporation has received the number one rating and "Dealer's Choice Award" among Tractor Manufacturers, according to the North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) 2014 Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey. "This award is positive reinforcement that we are delivering on the Kubota promise to provide a rewarding experience, not only for our customers, but...


4/15/2014 - Swank Long Island Village Tells Contractors When They Can Work

East Hampton, N.Y. - This village of estates and very expensive properties on the far east end, south shore of Long Island had considered prohibiting construction before 9 a.m., for noise reasons, but, heeding contractors' concerns, decided to continue to allow a 7 a.m. start, recently reported the East Hampton Star newspaper. A...


4/15/2014 - 5 Elements of Effective Digital Marketing

Why is effective web content important to your green business? Because you want to grow your business, and you know that in today's world, you need to invest in digital marketing. Digital marketing? Digital marketing is simply marketing your business on the Internet, whether that's through blogs, podcasts, videos, e-newsletters or any other way that you communicate with your audience online. Here...


4/14/2014 - John Deere Landscapes Buys Eljay Irrigation

ALPHARETTA, Ga.- John Deere Landscapes, Alpharetta, GA, and Eljay Irrigation, Calgary, AB, announce that John Deere Landscapes has purchased Eljay Irrigation. The companies signed an agreement and plan for an immediate integration. Eljay Irrigation is a wholesale distributor of irrigation and related landscape enha...


4/14/2014 - Texas City Considers Limiting Irrigated Lawn Size

GEORGETOWN Texas - The city council here recently adopted its 2014 water conservation plan and approved the first reading to amend the city's water utility services ordinance. The plan outlines irrigation and landscape requirements, including limits to the amount of area in a lawn that can be landscaped and irrigated as well as allowable plants and turf grasses, for new construction and installation...


4/14/2014 - Connecticut Senate At Odds Over Genetically Modified Grass Seed

HARTFORD, Ct. - Legislation to ban the sale or use of genetically modified lawn seed in Connecticut won state Senate approval this past week even though GMO grass isn't expected to be available here for at least one to two years, reports the Hartford Courant newspaper. The bill had the strong support of the Senate's top...


4/11/2014 - 2014 IPM Guide for Turf Now Available

UMass Extension Guide appropriate for cool-season turf regions
AMHERST, Mass. - The 2014 edition of UMass Extension's Professional Guide for IPM in Turf for Massachusetts is available now in a new electronic, web-based format. The guide is intended for use by professionals as a tool in the management of all types of turf: from roadsides and utility areas, to lawns, to fine playing surfaces. The fresh...


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