Our own Chris Noon posted a column in this month’s Turf Magazine, discussing the importance of screening sales leads for your business. Speaking with the right customer saves you frustration, time, and money. Find out more: http://www.turfmagazine.com/article-11422.aspx
The United States applies over 1 billion pounds of pesticides per year which doesn’t only harm humans but also causes harm to bees and birds, pollutes the air and damages water quality. That being said, without pesticides the fresh fruits and vegetables that are consumed daily would perish much quicker and production would plummet.
Scientist James Rogers, from Apeel Sciences, and his team have begun to introduce an alternative to pesticide use, allowing fruits and vegetables to double in lifespan. Rogers is revolutionizing ancient and all natural methods of food preservation to keep fresh produce fresh longer and also keep bacteria and fungi away from produce in an environmentally friendly way.
On average, Americans throw out 20 pounds of food each month roughly totaling 34 million tons of food each year. The biggest culprits of food waste production are businesses, colleges and hospitals that are dumping their food waste into landfills all over the country.
In October of 2014, Massachusetts has put a law in place that says if you throw out more than a ton of food waste a month, it can’t go to a landfill. The food waste ban in Massachusetts brought a lot of questions, most important question being “where does the waste go?”
Composting companies are viewing this as an opportunity to gain new business with the ban. In Massachusetts, food waste is being trucked to farms or given to area composting companies. Boston’s own City Soil is taking this opportunity to blend together food waste, yard waste and manure to create a rich soil that can turn around and benefit local farmers and landscapers.
Pictured below is a set of before and after pictures from a Noon Turf Care customer. The before was taking in early September of this year and shows a dried out lawn from the summertime. A month later, after picture, the lawn looks much more healthy and green.
Space Safety recently published an article discussing the many uses for satellite images. They featured Google Earth technology as used by Noon Turf Care for lawn measurement, but also discussed future use cases including measuring roofs for re-shingling, snow removal, or putting up seasonal lights.
You can read the full article on Space Safety, here: http://www.spacesafetymagazine.com/space-on-earth/everyday-life/creative-uses-satellite-images-proliferate-increased-access/
In what could be a bit of good news after the polar vortex last winter, the winter of 2014 and 2015 should have below-normal levels of snowfall. That’s according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac for our area. Also according to the Farmer’s Almanac, we will see near-normal precipitation in Massachusetts. It will, however, be much colder this winter, Farmer’s Almanac says, so don’t go putting away your heavy winter coat just yet.
Actual weather conditions obviously remain to be seen, but the Farmer’s Almanac says it has traditionally been 80 percent accurate in its weather forecasts.
Extreme weather will continue throughout the summer in most parts of the country, which is expected to be hot and dry, meaning California’s drought is expected to continue and delicate lawns won’t get much of a break.
Hurricane season is also expected to be particularly active and the Gulf Coast should brace for more big storms.
Lawn care professionals from around the country gathered at the third annual Landscape Management Lawn Care Forum which was hosted from November 11-13 at the Reunion Resort in Orlando, Florida. This two day event served as a great way for attendees to network, gain valuable and specialized knowledge from industry experts, and hold one-on-one supplier meetings. Sponsors like Bayer, FMC Professional Solutions, Holganix, and many others also attended the forum. Matt Noon, president of Noon Turf Care in Marlborough, MA, attended the event for the first time and claimed to have benefitted greatly from the program of events, but particularly enjoyed the networking aspect.
Bermuda grass, a so-called “noxious weed,” could be the answer to maintaining green lawns in some parts of the country grappling with drought.
A senior crew lead at the University of Utah, in fact, is calling for a lift on the nearly state-wide ban on Bermuda grass because he believes it holds the answer to the drought problem. That’s because Bermuda grass requires a lot less water than other grasses and thrives in areas where many other grasses do not.
However, per the Utah Department of Agriculture, Bermuda grass is far too aggressive and threatens other lawns and crops.
Bermuda grass is only allowed in one county in Utah because it specifically petitioned for an exemption.
In cooler climates, Bermuda grass is classified as more of a weed because other grasses can easily thrive, but warmer climates, like Southwestern states, have more problems with drought, which makes Bermuda grass more compelling to some.
If you think winter means you’re off the hook for lawn care and maintenance, think again. Here are the supplies you’ll need on hand for the coming winter to ensure your lawn not only survives, but is ready to thrive come spring.
If you don’t fertilize your lawn year-round, you’ll want to make sure to give it a good winterizing fertilizer in the fall. That’s a formulation that has a lot of potassium, which will help feed it all winter long.
Fall is also a great time to seed your lawn, so you want to make sure you have grass seed on hand. Alternately, you may want to look into overseeding services, such as those offered by Noon Turf Care.
As winter approaches, you’ll also want to continue mowing your lawn with your trusty mower, but don’t clip it quite as low as you would earlier in the year.
And, finally, you’ll need a rake to gather fallen leaves and other debris. If you leave anything on your lawn throughout the winter, it can suffocate the grass, which means you’ll have a dead lawn come springtime.