Our own Chris Noon was featured in this month’s issue of Turf magazine, discussing the pros and cons of aerial property measurement software.
One of the pros he mentions is speed. Noon Turf Care is able to call leads back within five minutes to give estimates, usually resulting in a closed sale.
Find out more about aerial property measurement software in this month’s issue of Turf.
Noon Turf Care attended Marlborough Works! job fair on October 7, 2014 at the Courtyard by Marriott-Marlborough Ballroom. The job fair was as part of Mayor Arthur Vigeant’s initiative to increase local employment. There numerous companies from various industries there to take part in the event. Noon Turf Care was happy to participate, collect outstanding resumes and meet local applicants.
“The Marlboro Works Job fair was a huge hit! Amazing to see all the local talent and engaging them about the amazing opportunities here at Noon Turf Care. We got some great resumes and hopefully some future leaders here at Noon.” says Kevin Schofield, Sales Manager.
About Noon Turf Care: Noon Turf Care was started in 2001 by brothers Christopher Noon, Seton Hall graduate class of 2000, and Matthew Noon, Boston College graduate class of 2002. It started as a small internet based Lawn Care Company that provides Massachusetts residences and businesses with fertilization services for lawns, trees and shrubs. Noon Turf care is a privately owned company that prides itself on providing exceptional and personal service in an industry dominated by large national chains. Noon Turf Care services over 8,000 customers and has a team of over 55 lawn and horticulture specialists working for the company. They are currently the fastest growing lawn care company in New England. Noon has been listed on INC. Magazine’s 5000 fastest growing company list for three years in a row.
Sullivan’s ‘Rats’ Book to Be Turned into a Documentary Film
Distributors of the documentaries “Blackfish” and “The Cove”, Dakota group and Submarine Entertainment have announced their upcoming release of a documentary based on Robert Sullivan’s bestseller, “Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants”. In addition to its producers David Koh, Stanley Buchenthal, and Josh and Dan Braun, Sullivan will also consult on the film in order to supply his extensive archive of research material that was not included in the book. “We have been obsessed and terrified by rats living in New York City over the years, and when we read Robert Sullivan’s book, we couldn’t put it down,” the producers said in a statement. Production of this provocative film will begin early next year.
EPA Encourages Homeowners to Care for Their Septic Systems During SepticSmart Week
Release Date: 09/22/2014
Contact Information: Robert Daguillard, email@example.com, 202-564-6618
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold its second annual SepticSmart Week September 22-26. SepticSmart Week outreach activities encourage homeowners and communities to care for and maintain their septic systems. Nearly one-quarter of all American households depend on septic systems to treat their wastewater.
Failure to maintain septic system can lead to back-ups and overflows that pollute local waterways, create dead zones, raise water treatment costs and endanger human health. Pollutants such as nitrogen, phosphorus and fecal bacteria can enter ground and surface waters from septic systems. Such pollutants affect drinking water, lakes, rivers and estuaries. The algal blooms they may generate can produce toxins harmful to human, animals and marine life.
Data collected by states attribute septic systems and other onsite wastewater treatment methods to water quality impairments in 22,909 miles of rivers and streams; 199,995 acres of lakes, reservoirs and ponds; and 72,320 acres of wetlands. By properly maintaining their septic systems, homeowners can help reduce these numbers.
“When homeowners protect their septic systems, it’s good for their health, their neighbors’ health, and their pocketbooks,” said Ken Kopocis, Deputy Assistant Administrator in EPA’s Office of Water. “Not only is EPA directly educating homeowners on septic maintenance, but we are also coordinating with states and municipalities to do the same.”
During SepticSmart Week, EPA will provide homeowners with tips for septic maintenance, including:
· Protect It and Inspect It: Homeowners should generally have their system inspected every three years by a licensed contractor, and have their tank pumped when necessary, typically every three to five years. Many septic system failures occur during the winter holiday season. Therefore, EPA encourages homeowners to get their septic systems inspected and serviced now before licensed inspectors’ schedules fill up around the holidays.· Think at the Sink: Avoid pouring fats, grease and solids down the drain. These substances can clog a system’s pipes and drainfield.
· Don’t Overload the Commode: Only put things in the drain or toilet that belong there. For example, coffee grounds, dental floss, disposable diapers and wipes, feminine hygiene products, cigarette butts and cat litter can all clog and potentially damage septic systems.
· Don’t Strain Your Drain: Be water efficient and spread out water use. Fix plumbing leaks and install faucet aerators and water-efficient products. Spread out laundry and dishwasher loads throughout the day — too much water at once can overload a system that hasn’t been pumped recently.
· Shield Your Field: Remind guests not to park or drive on a system’s drainfield, where the vehicle’s weight could damage buried pipes or disrupt underground flow.
EPA’s SepticSmart program educates homeowners about proper septic system care and maintenance all year long. In addition, it serves as an online resource for industry practitioners, local governments and community organizations, providing access to tools to educate clients and residents.
For more information, visit: www.epa.gov/septicsmart
The NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) MASS September 2014 Newsletter is not one to miss. This issue will inform you on all the need-to-know news about the environment in which you live. Whether you are interested in learning about soil, grazing, and livestock resources, or simply want to know how you can get involved in local community happenings, the NOFA MASS newsletter is sure to teach you something. Refer to this month’s issue if you would like to learn more about how to get connected with the people and organizations that care about what is going on from the ground up, just like you do.
You can access the online newsletter by visiting: https://interactivepdf.uniflip.com/2/26870/298080/pub/
“If you know how many times a place has had a drought in the last 30 years, you can make a pretty good estimate what the chances are of drought in the future. And that means that you can put a price tag on the risk of drought” said microinsurer, Rose Goslinga. Rose explained that each crop’s life cycle is different. Necessary rainfall varies between the planting, germinating, leafing, flowering, and maturity stages, so if there are too many or few rainfalls at any given stage, the crop will die. So, Rose developed the idea of crop insurance and pitched it directly to farmers, but with little success due to lack of trust she approached the organizations working with farmers. Seed companies, microfinance institutions, mobile phone companies, and even government agencies all provide loans to farmers, but with no way of knowing they will be paid back. If it does not rain, how can they repay the loan? After an unexpected 3-week drought, an entire season’s worth of crops shriveled up and died in western Kenya. Rose along with her team approached the microfinance institution that provided the loans to about 6000 farmers in that area. The institution accepted their offer to collaborate, but wanted the money right away so that farmers still had time to replant and get a harvest during that season. The insurance team then took the idea of replanting to a seeding company, convincing them to price the cost of insurance into every bag of seeds. In each bag, there was a card which directed the farmer to text a number, allocating them to a satellite. With this technology in place, they were able to measure the rainfall for the next three weeks, ensuring the farmers that if it did not rain, they would replace the seed. Rose’s initiative provided both farmers and their partner institutions with the security of insurance which proved to be tremendously beneficial to all parties involved.
Our very own Chris Noon has published an article for Lawn & Landscape, discussing how the move towards consumer privacy is bringing back door-to-door sales for the company. In the article, he discusses five ways Noon Turf Care has improved upon the age-old tactic and brought it into modern times.
Read the full article here: http://www.lawnandlandscape.com/ll-091514-Noon-sales-approach.aspx
New York’s bedbug infestation hit the city hard in 2010, but directed much business towards the bed bug detection service industry. As schools, shopping centers, and movie theaters uncovered cases of bed bugs, small business owners experienced a busy season. It was not solely the detection services that saw an increase in service calls. Lawyers also took cases from victims suing establishments, and therapists were being called upon to treat clients with bedbug anxiety. During this time, inspection services were overwhelmed with requests from frantic customers. Bob Young, operations manager at Terminix said that “More often than not, Terminix would provide a free inspection, only to find nothing more than a few harmless beetles. Everything with six legs was a bed bug. Sometimes things with less than six legs”. However, after the city experienced its bedbug peak, landlords and business owners are required to perform more frequent inspections and treatments, which has proven to simultaneously reduce the widespread panic. Midtown Psychologist Steven Brodsky noted that far less patients enter his office seeking help for bedbug anxiety, and when his existing patients get bedbugs, “they take it in stride – sort of”. Bedbug detection business owners also agree that the panic has lessened. Terminix reported that business is down 20% from the 2010 peak, but specialists are seeing far fewer false alarms. Despite a subdued hype, bedbugs still remain, and will always remain a potential problem since the insects are infamously known for being pesticide-resistant. For this reason, experts suggest that the public stays informed, for spreading alarm has proven to create much unnecessary insect hysteria.
This information is as reported by the Wall Street Journal. For more, please visit http://online.wsj.com/articles/where-are-new-yorks-bedbugs-now-1409337589
Seventy years ago, journalist Joseph Mitchell wrote about New York’s rat problem claiming that “some authorities believe that in the five boroughs there is a rat for every human being.” Nowadays, experts estimate that there are even more. In attempt to fix this problem, New York City officials are piloting an initiative to reduce the rat population in infested neighborhoods. One tactic in practice is to get more exterminators on the streets while also closing up holes in public infrastructure. Caroline Bragdon, a rat expert with the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, explains that “rats only need a hole or a gap the size of a quarter to enter. It’s not enough just to poison rats and collapse their burrows”. Exposure to tips like these are what city officials believe can help solve the problem. Accordingly, the city has introduced the Rat Academy, a free, two hour course offered to business, apartment building, or community garden owners/tenants. Bragdon reinforces that in order to solve a rodent problem, you must rid of all conditions that brought them there in the first place.