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The Mad Ravings of a Snowbound Agromomist

Author: lawndawg | Date: Mar 2, 2015 | Category: Lawn Dawg

The original topic planned for this week’s blog was “Spring Tree Care Tips” which seems especially cruel right now so I will defer that topic until such time as we can find our trees in the landscape.  I have it on good authority that they are still out there somewhere beneath the snow.

Instead, today I’ll talk about canceling my newspaper subscription.

Lawn Care Services and Your Pets

Author: lawndawg | Date: Feb 9, 2015 | Category: Lawn Care, Lawn Dawg

The question of pet safety when it comes to pesticide use is a subject that can be raw and emotional – we all love our pets and would never knowingly do anything to harm them. Making sure that everything we use around the house is safe for them is a completely legitimate question; unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there from people who have an agenda against any use of pesticides.

Lawn Care and the Environment: Soils

Author: lawndawg | Date: Feb 6, 2015 | Category: Lawn Care

Don’t ever call it “dirt”…

When I was a student at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, the professor who taught Soil Science would become enraged if you referred to “soils” as “dirt”. “Dirt is something that collects in a vacuum cleaner bag; soil is a dynamic growing medium teeming with all manner of life!” he would bellow.  And he bellowed it quite often as he held court at 8:00 in the morning, five days a week for the entire semester.  College students aren’t very bright at that hour, especially five days a week, so we needed that constant reminder.


Author: lawndawg | Date: Feb 2, 2015 | Category: Lawn Problems

Down in New York City they’re ready to tar and feather the meteorologists for blowing the forecast, but here on Cape Cod where I’m writing from, we’re thinking all this snow would look much nicer in Manhattan.  This was the classic “Cape Storm” that you get when where you live is essentially thirty miles out to sea.  I’m guessing I got 32” or so at my house but that’s not all I got.

A Day In The Life Of A Branch Manager

Author: lawndawg | Date: Jan 28, 2015 | Category: Lawn Dawg

“Bob, don’t take this the wrong way, but you taught me everything I needed to know about how not to manage a lawn care branch office.”

Ouch. That hurt. But those words from a former employee turned lawn care company president were exactly correct – thirty years ago, I was a terrible branch manager. In my defense, I have to say, I was working for a perfectly rotten lawn care company at the time right in the middle of the Wild West days of our industry.

So, What Do You Guys Do During The Winter?

Author: lawndawg | Date: Dec 29, 2014 | Category: Lawn Dawg

It’s a blessing, it’s a curse. The Professional Lawn Care Industry, at least north of the Mason Dixon Line, is a seasonal business. Once we get to Thanksgiving, all of the work we have booked is completed and you might think that we go into hibernation mode. And to a certain extent that is true; most of us have too much vacation time stored up because it’s pretty hard to get away when the grass is growing. You might think that we would do as our cousins in the landscape business do – plow snow.


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