PRODUCT PREVIEW 

Product Roundup of the latest products in the green industry....

HOW TO: STORE EQUIPMENT FOR WINTER 

As cold weather approaches, so does the need for winterizing your equipment. Following is a short supplies list and some tips for keeping your equipment in top shape....

The Equipment Equation 

Bidding a maintenance job is an art for some and a science for others; a customized trade secret derived from years of historical data, experience and some costly lessons learned along the way....

In Training 

When planning for your business' success, everything flows from one absolute necessity: great people. Without the best possible employees working in your organization and toward a common goal, your journey down the road to success can quickly become an obstacle course....

Paying Fair 

A small employer trying to stay current with state and federal laws regarding wages can sometimes feel overwhelmed. However, taking a few steps to understand the laws and how they can apply ot a green industry business owner can make all the difference in the world in staying compliant with the meaning of the law....

Easy on the Environment 

Environmental design is no longer an elite service reserved for the privileged few. More and more people around 50 million in the United States, according to California researchers Paul Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson--have strong environmental values....

BY ALL ESTIMATIONS 

Today is payday! I still get excited on payday. You'd think the feeling would wear off after all of these years, but it hasn't....

ON SITE: Teaching Tools 

Looking out at the rolling land that had been a part of his family for decades, David Pursell saw the opportunity for something special an 18-hole research and demonstration golf course that would change the way peole viewed an entire industry....

FINDING ANSWERS 

POTTING PROBLEMS Q I am trying more flowerpots around my landscapes to add color in areas without flowerbeds. I have tried several different potting soils that I purchased from wholesale/retail garden centers....

WHITE-TAILED DEER DON'T LIKE BABY FORMULA 

What are you going to do about the deer? You invest money and time to improve the landscape only to have it mown down at the deer's preferred browsing height: to the ground....

HOW TO: PREVENT EROSION DURING CONSTRUCTION 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that one billion tons of topsoil are lost to erosion every year. Not only does erosion take away precious topsoil, but also clogs waterways and damages adjacent properties....

CONGRESS URGED TO EXPAND NATURAL GAS SUPPLIES 

As the nation continues to assist those impacted by Hurricane Katrina and begins to look at the long-term consequences of the devastating storm, the Agriculture Energy Alliance urges Congress to continue to implement policy changes needed to diversify both the types and geographic locations of the U.S. energy supplies....

SHORT CUTS 

According to industry estimates, overall shipments of hand-held products (handheld blowers, backpack blowers, trimmers and chain saws) are forecast to post moderate growth during calendar year 2005, reaching 12.2 million units....

Got Customers? 

Personal contact with clients reaches beyond the responsibility of just business owners and partners. For many service providers across the nation, it's a company mission, a way of differentiating yourself and a means of survival in a harsh competitive landscape....

THE IMPACT OF HURRICANE KATRINA ON BUILDING MATERIALS AND PRICES 

The full extent of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the overall economy and on the housing market is still unclear, but the number of homes destroyed by this catastrophe is larger than the losses from any previous U.S. natural disaster....

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results for the question posted throughout September on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. Does your business...

Dollars by Design 

So, your long-time maintenance client asks you to bid on the installation of a new landscape element on his property. You don't want to pass up the work, but you don't want to get in over your head....

FOCUS ON: Mini Excavators 

Can you dig it? Don't let their size fool you. Mini excavators offer lots of power as well as versatility for lots of tasks. And their small size allows them to go where other machines can't....

CHEMICAL UPDATE: Vertebrate Pest Controls 

They're cute, often furry and more clever than other pests. And while vertebrate pests rodents, birds and deer can appeal to human sentiment, they can also wreak havoc to the properties you manage....

FOCUS ON: 2006 Trucks 

Rollouts of all-new truck models are scarce this year, but changes to existing models are plentiful, including lots of variants that fall just shy of being termed new models in their own right....

PRODUCT PREVIEW: GOLF 

ROTARY DECK MOWER John Deere introduces the 3245C rotary mower, which is equipped with a 48.5-hp, liquid-cooled John Deere Series 220 turbocharged diesel engine....

SHORT CUTS 

EQUIPMENT THEFT RING BUSTED The Sheriff's Department of Ventura County announced that its Construction Burglary Task Force has effectively dismantled a criminal organization responsible for construction site burglaries, rental equipment thefts and landscape equipment thefts that have plagued Southern California and the Southwestern United States for the past three and a half years....

Going Corporate 

Nearly three-fourths of the millions of small businesses in the United States are sole proprietorships, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce....

OPEI PREDICTS MORE EQUIPMENT-BUYING IN 2006 

As the mowing season starts to wind down, you may be auditing your mowing equipment as well as other maintenance equipment that you use to perform your jobs to see what needs to be repaired and what needs to be replaced....

READER POLL 

Here are the reader poll results for the question posted throughout August on the Grounds Maintenance Web site, www.grounds-mag.com. Are you or any of...

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