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  • Easy rider: Pros discuss ride-on spreaders and sprayers

    March 19, 2018By

    For lawn care operators (LCOs) who have embraced the benefits of ride-on machines, pushing a spreader or pulling a sprayer hose is now a thing of the past. Technology has made ride-on spreaders and sprayers easier to learn and operate while helping LCOs cover more ground in less time. “The lawn care business for many years was stuck in the... read more

    Arborjet acquires majority interest in Ecologel Solutions

    March 15, 2018By

    Arborjet has acquired a majority interest in Ocala, Fla.-based Ecologel Solutions. Ecologel is a developer and manufacturer of products for water conservation, dust mitigation, plant nutrition, pond and lake management and antifungal coatings. “We are proud to partner with the Arborjet team,” said Rick Irwin, president of Ecologel Solutions. “Through our history with Arborjet, we’ve observed a number of parallels... read more

    Preferred prenotification methods

    March 14, 2018By

    Three lawn care operators share their preferred methods for automated prenotifications. In the late 1990s, Jim Zylstra received an automated call from his dentist reminding him of an upcoming appointment. The owner of Tuff Turf Molebusters in Byron Center, Mich., was so impressed by this service that he quickly began researching how to incorporate it into his own business. “The... read more

    SiteOne opens new Atlanta agronomic sales center

    March 12, 2018By

    SiteOne Landscape Supply opened a new agronomic sales center for the Atlanta area during a ribbon cutting ceremony this week in Doraville, Ga. The 30,000-square-foot facility officially began operations in late February. The new facility will enable SiteOne to stock up to 880 tons of bagged agronomic material to serve customers who frequently purchase large quantities of fertilizer and control... read more

    Trugreen taps IBM Watson for personalized lawn care ads

    March 7, 2018By

    To help consumers develop lawn care plans that are specific to their lawns’ needs, TruGreen is tapping IBM Watson Advertising to create interactive, personalized digital advertising. TruGreen’s Watson ad is available on The Weather Channel app, weather.com and across HGTV properties. Consumers can discover their personalized lawn plan recommendation by simply starting a conversation in TruGreen’s artificial intelligence-powered ad, using... read more

    Dow AgroSciences to become Corteva Agriscience

    February 28, 2018By

    DowDuPont’s agriculture division, which includes the Dow AgroSciences turf and ornamental business, will get a new name once its spin-off is complete. The new name for the intended agriculture company is Corteva Agriscience. The spin-off is expected to be complete by June 1, 2019. Corteva Agriscience brings together DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Pioneer and Dow AgroSciences to create a standalone... read more