Noon Turf Care was recently featured in Landscape Management talking about our new approach to lawn tech compensation. We changed focus from compensation based on volume of lawns treated to one that results in more personal interaction with our customers. Now, lawn technicians have a dedicated route they are assigned to for the year. As a result, we’ve seen customer retention increase 7% — and expect it to only continue to rise.
You can read the full article at Landscape Management.
Lawn care may seem complicated, but it’s simple at its core. The fall is the best time of year to seed, water and nourish your yard, with its warm days and cool evenings. At Noon Turf Care, we recommend planning ahead and preparing for the fall as early as August, so that you can take advantage of September and October’s perfect weather. There are three actions we have found most effective in readying your lawn for spring: aeration, over-seeding and fertilizing. Before beginning the planning process, test your lawn’s pH every three to four years. This affordable test will help you determine which nutrients your lawn needs to reach optimal health. Aerate your lawn before seeding and fertilizing. Aeration opens up your lawn, allowing it to accept the newly planted seeds and nutrients you spread during the fall. It will reduce the stress of the summer’s difficult weather and make it easier for oxygen to reach the root zone. From aerated soil comes a denser, stronger lawn, the best way to combat and eliminate weeds. Next, plan ahead to over-seed in September by spraying a weed killer in August, followed by using a power rake in the desired seeding areas to best prepare the ground. As you choose your seed, use the pH-based recommendations from Noon Turf Care to select the best fertilizer to facilitate the growth of new, thicker, greener grass in your yard.
The Cape Cod Bays are facing challenges with the mass amounts of nitrogen in the water leading to murky bay beds and seaweed covered shorelines. There have been many discussions about the best route to eliminate vast nitrogen counts in the water. So far the most popular suggestion has been aquaculture and shellfish cultivation. Scientists conducted a study and found that because shellfish are filter feeders, they take up some of the nitrogen. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe was one of the first groups to conduct research on this matter with their 4.6 – acre oyster farm in Popponesset Bay. For them having an oyster farm isn’t only ecologically beneficial but has economic potential too.
Noon Turf Care owner Chris Noon was featured on Spreecast chat with Wall Street Journal’s Sarah Needleman. Click here to read more!
In case you missed the live chat yesterday, you can watch a replay of the discussion between Sarah E. Needleman, Wall Street Journal reporter; Orly Lobel, Professor of Law at University of San Diego; Carey Smith, CEO of Big Ass Fans; and our own Chris Noon, on whether or not the skills is gap real or if business owners are simply too picky—or even just too cheap—to train possible candidates.
At 2:30pm EST today, July 10, Chris Noon will be chatting with the editor of the Wall Street Journal about small businesses. The segment is titled, “Is the Skills Gap Real?” and discusses why many small-business owners say they’re struggling to find job candidate.
Peter Keough of the Boston Globe asks in his editorial piece, “Why are we obsessed with having a pretty lawn?”
Historically, it could have been seen as a sign of spiritual purity. These days, “lawns offer an escape from daily drudgery, freedom from iPhones, and reconnection with the grit and smell and ephemera of nature.”
Read the article here, then tell us below why you love your lawn.
What do Sudbury, Wayland, Weston, Franklin, and Norfolk all have in common? In addition to being a part of the old Bay State, these communities have been named the top 5 safest cities in Massachusetts.
Safewise, a home security comparison tool, has compiled a list based on independent research as well as the most recent FBI Crime Report. In order to be considered for a spot on this elite list, a city must have been home to over 10,000 people as of 2012. The number of violent and property crimes were identified, and the chance of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 was then calculated. With such safe neighborhoods to boast for, it is no surprise that Massachusetts is the third most populated state in the country!
Many common beliefs about mosquitoes are nothing more than myths. For instance, not all mosquitoes bite humans. Entomologist Joseph M. Conlon explains that not all of the 3500 mosquito species feed on human blood and only the female mosquitoes go after blood, to aid in their egg production. Mosquitoes are also not attracted to specific colors, blood types, or foods. However, they are attracted to heat, carbon dioxide and larger masses which means that men, pregnant women, and people that are sweaty are more prone to bites. Mosquito-born diseases are becoming a larger threat in the U.S. due to increased travel and tourism. Conlon explains, “The world’s becoming a smaller place, and some of (the) nastiest diseases on Earth are only a six-hour plane flight away.” To protect yourself, use repellents on the body which are much more effective than citronella plants and candles.
To learn more visit: http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/04/health/mosquito-bites-myths/index.html
“Right now, the emerald ash borer is the most destructive insect we have in North America,” says Nathan Siegert, United States Forest Service entomologist. The beetle is thought to have traveled from China in wooden pallets, infesting ash trees from Minnesota to New York, and even Ontario. Implications of this situation are far greater than what meets the eye. In addition to the loss of a favorite backyard tree, emerald ash borers will be to blame for an entirely different ecosystem. During the winter, larvae burrow deep into the ash tree’s trunk by eating through the bark as they seek shelter from the cold. In the process, the tree is cut off from access to nutrients and water necessary for its survival. Vast amounts of native insects depend on ash trees for food or breeding, and a number of birds feed on these insects. Entomologists see no clear solution to the problem, but with the development of new insecticides, we hope ash trees can win the battle.