By the time outside nighttime temperatures start to hit 45 to 48 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s time to start thinking about bringing your houseplants indoors again. Cold air can damage delicate leaves or cause flowers to drop. But it’s not as easy as simply carrying them inside. Instead, you’ll want to first make sure to check them for pests on the leaves and within the soil.
Leaf-dwelling pests include aphids, spider mites, spiders and gnats. In order to check your plant for these and other pests, look at the leaves – including the undersides – and stems. To remove them, simply give the plant a good watering with a gentle spray or place the entire plant in a bucket of water. If you still see pests on your plants after taking these steps, consider using an insecticide.
Potential pests in the soil include slugs, earwigs and ants. Larger pests are easy to remove by simply picking them off. To remove bugs that are harder to see, use the bucket-dunk step described above. For larger plants, use an insecticide.
On October 8, over 500 local and area residents attended the third annual Marlborough Works! Job Fair at the Marlborough Courtyard Marriott. It was a successful turnout, with companies such as Boston Scientific, Ken’s Foods, Prudential Financial, FedEx Ground and more participating in an effort to find qualified local talent. Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant was quoted by Joan Simoneau of the Community Advocate as saying “this year’s job fair surpassed all my expectations”.
Read the full story here: http://communityadvocate.com/2014/10/20/record-turnout-at-third-annual-job-fair/
Two of the team members from Noon Turf Care took to the links on Thursday, October 2 for the 23rd annual MALCP Golf Classic at Butter Brook Golf Club in Westford, Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Association of Lawn Care Professionals, MALCP, is the official association of lawn care professionals in the Bay State. The event was raising money for local schools. Congrats to Kevin and JT for a round well played!
Read more on Total Landscape Care: http://www.totallandscapecare.com/noon-turf-care-helps-raise-funds-for-local-schools/
“I don’t want my son playing on artificial turf,” said Edward Pertcheck, a San Francisco architect and active opponent in the battle to install four new artificial turf soccer fields in the city’s Golden Gate Park. Pertcheck, however, was not always in disagreement, but after further research, concluded that natural grass’ benefits beat those of artificial turf in nearly every category. Not only is the artificial turf thought to be linked with cancer, but it also requires maintenance and must be replaced every 10 years. Alternatively, there are those who support the effort. Conversation regarding the planned replacement of a natural grass field with artificial turf has also been rampant in Glen Rock, New Jersey. Michael Stewart, a Glen Rock resident and parent of two, openly supports the use of artificial turf expressing that “You have to go based on what the research already tells you. … There’s really no scientific basis for linking a cause to cancer with these fields — yet. It’s a reliable, more durable and in some cases it’s a much safer surface when it comes to physical injury”. The debate continues in both cities, but voters will have the final say on November 4 when the decision will be up to ballot results.
Our own Chris Noon wrote a column for Turf magazine’s October 2014 issue, discussing the personalization of a sales approach.
“Like any other service industry, leaders of lawn care and landscape companies increasingly need to be selling by being personal. Personalized sales can be a refreshing experience for the consumer,” Noon says.
Read more in October’s issue of Turf.
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/