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This comes via Marty’s blog, where he outlines his reasons for taking a spring break vacation
For 20 years now, I have taken a week off during the busiest time of the year for Landscapers: Spring. I just got back from a lovely week in Rosemary Beach, Florida; it’s on the panhandle. I had a great time with my kids and wife and many other families from our hometown that went to the same area.
The week off does me a lot of good. I bring a ton of books with me (not to mention the books on my Kindle), many articles I have saved for reading, and my to-do list and strategic plans for both my companies. The intention is to relax, which I do, and to spend time with my family, which I do. But, I am always learning, so this week I thought I would share with you some observations I made while in Florida.
Click through to read what he learned, what ideas you can steal and why you should think like an
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Thankfully, landscaping doesn’t top the BLS list of deadliest jobs, but it still ranks pretty high. According to the most recent data, landscape services saw a 25% jump in fatal injuries from 2010 to 2011. According to the report:
Fatal work injuries in the professional and business services sector were up 16 percent, led by an increase in fatalities in landscape services to 167 in 2011 from 133 in 2010.
Image via NPR.
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Check out our latest installment on the Lawn Care Radio Network: Dive into aquatics.
When it comes to weeds, water is just like turf, only wetter. I caught up with Jason Fausey recently to talk about water and weeds. Fausey, Valent Professional Products’ field market development manager for Midwest, has spent years in the aquatics business. Here, he outlines what LCOs need to know about this profitable service.
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Tomorrow has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to free education. Here are three webinars on offer for you covering a wide range of topics.
Lucky for you, the start times are staggered so you (or your staff) can listen in to all three.
1. The new Facebook
The latest upgrade to the most popular social network automatically goes into effect on March 30 is a big deal for businesses. This webinar, hosted by Lawn & Landscape magazine and presented by social media consultant Chris Heiler, will cover all of the upcoming Facebook page design changes and functionality upgrades. We’ll discuss what is most relevant and important to your green industry business so you’re ready next week.
When: Friday, noon Eastern
2. Creating Water-wise Community Wins
Taking a proactive, sustainable approach to water stewardship and conservation, Seven Hills HOA Board Members have created a water-wise green oasis for 3,000 homes in Henderson, Nevada. Partnering with ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance to upgrade irrigation systems across the desert community’s common areas and streetscapes with efficient sprinkler heads and internet-enabled WeatherTRAK smart irrigation controllers, Seven Hills has saved more than 45 million gallons of water since June 2010.
- Dr. Joel Davidson, Board Member, Seven Hills HOA, Henderson, Nevada
- Richard Restuccia, Director, Water Management Solutions, ValleyCrest
- Chris Manchuck, Vice President, HydroPoint
When: Friday, 11 a.m. Pacific/2 p.m. Eastern
3. Boxwood Blight Update
Boxwood Blight (Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum) is a new plant disease to the United States, having first been confirmed in the October, 2011. The disease can cause significant defoliation and branch dieback to infected plants. Most of what we know about the disease is from research done in Europe where the disease was first discovered in the early 1990s. However, recent work in the U.S. has shed additional light on disease diagnosis, its reproductive potential and host range. Learn what the scientific community currently knows about this problematic disease and the research priorities they have identified.
When: Friday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern