An Italian company has come up with a concept to give life to loved ones after they have passed. The company has come up with a concept called the “burial pod” that houses loved ones in an eco-friendly alternative to a coffin. These burial pods will turn the deceased’s body into nutrients that will nourish and help a tree to grow. Unforunately the concept is just that, a concept, since Italian law forbids such burials. The company wants to create an alternative to tombstones and the killing of trees for wooden coffins and instead create entire memorial parks for the deceased.
Come April 2015, the organization know as The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) will be reinventing their vision and recommitting their focus to professionals that represent the landscape industry. The organizations new name will be The National Association of Landscape Professionals. Memberships are extended to those who manufacture and supply the landscape industry as well as consultants, faculty and students. Learn more about The National Association of Landscape Professionals!
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.
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!
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!
Chris and Matt Noon are excited for the 2015 season!
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.
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/
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.
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:
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.