NFL Uses Retractable Natural-Grass Turf for Super Bowl XLIX

Retractable roofs on NFL stadiums are nothing new, but retractable fields certainly are. Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium tested out this exciting display of landscaping greatness for this year’s Super Bowl, though the technology is far from new. It was first debuted during the 2006 Pro Bowl, when they had 92,000 square feet of Tifway-419 Bermuda hybrid grass turf flown in from Alabama.

The turf was placed inside of a 19-million pound tray complete with drainage and a full irrigation system, and it rested on 546 wheels that enable it to move through an opening in the end zone. Although the grass was installed inside of the stadium right before the Pro Bowl festivities, it was later moved back outside so that the imported grass could get more essential sunlight. This also eliminated humidity problems in the stadium during the game and enabled the city to use the stadium for other events when the Cardinals weren’t in season. While the football game may have been the center of attention at the Pro Bowl, for landscaping enthusiasts, the turf was also a source of entertainment in itself.

Drones Soon to Enhance Agriculture Industry

NPR  met with Jimmy Underhill a drone technician with Agribotix, a Colorado-based drone start up that sees farmers as its most promising market. Listen to the interview below!

Healthy Turf, Health Tomorrow Plant Health Webinar

In March of last year, Bayer sponsored a webinar called Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow, where associate professor of Agronomy at Purdue University, Cale Bigelow, provided a discussion of current and future trends in management of soil properties for maximum turf health. Watch the full webinar to learn more about the chemical, physical and biological aspects of soil health in turf!

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Keep your turf healthy

Great Outlook for 2015

Chris and Matt Noon are excited for the 2015 season!

 

Press Release: Noon Turf Care CEO Chris Noon Speaks at 2014 Lawn Doctor Annual Conference

 

Marlborough, MA (PRWEB) January 09, 2015

 

Chris Noon, CEO of Noon Turf Care, recently attended the Lawn Doctor Annual Conference as a guest speaker. Held from December 9 to December 11, 2014, in Orlando, Fla., the event offered ongoing training for business owners and lawn technicians as well as insider tips from industry leaders. As a guest speaker, Noon led a roundtable discussion on first-contact sales. Noon was chosen as a speaker by David Newman, VP of Operations, and Scott Frith, CEO of Lawn Doctor, Inc., based on his experience in business development and sales innovation.

 
Since Noon also works as a sales consultant within his industry with Green Light Consulting Services, his expertise was highly valued by conference attendees; many left eager to implement some of the ideas he shared with the panel. His specialty is the One-Step Sales process, which he has developed over the last several years. This unique approach is a potential game-changer for other lawn care business owners, especially since it has proven to be so successful for Noon Turf Care.

 
“I appreciate the amazing opportunity I was given to assist franchise owners at the conference,” said Noon. “I hope the insight I provided will help all those in attendance make improvements to their businesses. The conference also proved to be an excellent way to network with likeminded people within the industry, so hopefully there were some fruitful connections with other owners and team members forged. In general, I was impressed by the professionalism and passion seen at every level of the event.”

 
Noon’s guest speaking role at the Lawn Doctor Annual Conference demonstrates the exceptional reputation that Noon Turf Care has worked so hard to achieve. As a leader in lawn care, Noon Turf Care continues to revolutionize the industry year after year. In addition to Noon’s proven sales methods, the company has also developed an innovative scientific approach to lawn care. Named the most innovative landscape company of the year by Lawn and Landscape Magazine in 2008, Noon Turf Care continues to develop new and exciting strategies for lawn care services. These advancements will have a positive impact on industry leaders as well as current and future customers.

 
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 provided 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 more than 8,000 customers and has a team of 50-plus lawn and horticulture specialists. They are currently the fastest-growing lawn care company in New England.

 

 

How to upsell? Market well

 

In October’s issue of Landscape Management, our own Chris Noon talks about the importance of marketing yourself and your firm to make customers aware of services you offer. Don’t make the mistake of assuming they know everything you offer. Be proactive, and you just might make an upsell and further build an existing customer relationship.

 

Read the entire article here: http://landscapemanagement.net/how-to-upsell-market-well/

 

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Trees: The New Status Symbol

 

Recently, the Wall Street Journal did a piece chronicling the lengths owners of luxury real estate will go through to protect the ancient trees on their property, going so far as to hold vigil during a snowstorm to brush snow off the branches, or hiring arborists to consult on the property. And why not? These old trees can up the value of a home. One developer-designated “tree-preservation area” bordering a property can help add a premium of anywhere between $500,000 to $1 million to the average lot price in Foxhall, near Washington, D.C.

 

You can read the full article here, or click the image below to view the gallery of some of these homes.

 

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Home Buyers Flocking to Trees. Image from Jesse Neider for the Wall Street Journal.

Oh, Deer! Keep Your Plants Safe with Noon’s Deer Off Treatment

While deer certainly are pretty creatures, they become less appealing when they decide your expensive shrubs are their snack of choice. Below are some images captured by a customer showing where deer have come to feast on his lawn. You’ll notice the ends of the branches are broken off, stunting foliage growth:

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Don’t let this happen to you! Call Noon Turf Care to get a quote for their Deer-Off application and keep your landscaping looking lush.

Business Insights: Screening Sales Leads

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

 

Longer-Lasting Produce Without Pesticides is the Future

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.

Find out more: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/10/17/356723087/startups-new-sprays-promise-longer-lasting-fruit-fewer-pesticides