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20 Jun 2019
Kubota and Titan Form Exclusivity Agreement for Goodyear Tire 1

Kubota and Titan Form Exclusivity Agreement for Goodyear Tire

Kubota and Titan Form Exclusivity Agreement for Goodyear Tire 2

Goodyear R14 Crossover Tire

Titan International, Inc. (Titan) and Kubota Tractor Corporation (KTC) / Kubota Canada Limited (KCL) are pleased to announce an exclusivity agreement for Goodyear R14 crossover tires on select Kubota compact tractor models. As the first-ever exclusivity agreement KTC and KCL have chosen to enter with a tire manufacturer, it’s a move that further strengthens the long-standing relationship between two industry leaders in compact tractors and compact tractor tires.

Prior to entering into the agreement, Kubota conducted significant testing on the Goodyear R14 tire — which features an industry-unique, new-to-market hybrid tread design combining elements of an ag tread (R-1), turf tread (R-3) and industrial tread (R-4). The results from slip and vibration testing showed the R14 tire as being the ideal fit between an R-1 and R-4.

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Kubota Compact Tractor

Kubota’s Outlook

“The vast majority of compact tractors on the market are being sold with R-4 tires, but there’s a drawback when it comes to traction. If you go with an R-1, then you have more traction, but more vibration on hard surfaces. Up to this point, there hasn’t been a tire as versatile as the compact tractors they’re going on,” said Jacob Sherman, Kubota product manager, compact tractors. “After testing the R14, we knew it could perform equally as well in the variety of snow, field, yard, loader and pasture applications our customers expect from our machines. That’s why we wanted to jump on this opportunity. We believe the Goodyear R14 is a game-changer for our dealers and customers — it’s one more factor that sets Kubota apart from the competition.”

Titan’s Take

“We’re really proud of the R&D that went into this R14 tire,” said Scott Sloan, ag product manager for Titan and Goodyear Farm Tires. “We try to keep our finger on the pulse of our customers’ needs, and we knew there was a serious unmet need when it came to tire versatility in the compact and subcompact market. We’re excited that Kubota, as a leader in that market, shares our vision for the future of compact tractor tires. It’s a great partnership that will ultimately benefit both our companies and our collective customers.”

In addition to the sizes offered exclusively from Kubota at the OEM level, the Goodyear R14 line has been expanded to include a total of 18 sizes — both in standard and Low Sidewall Technology® (LSW®) options — offered in the aftermarket for compact tractors up to the 150 horsepower range.

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19 Jun 2019
EcoMight Introduces Alternative Organic Weed And Grass Killer 4

EcoMight Introduces Alternative Organic Weed And Grass Killer

A new organic weed and grass killer, Whack Out Weeds! (W.O.W.), is now available from EcoMIGHT. W.O.W., an alternative solution to toxic chemicals in weed and grass killers currently on the market, is a professional non-selective liquid concentrate that provides powerful results with a minimum risk designation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).organic weed and grass killer

With the increasing number of cities banning glyphosate, the industry was seeking a non-toxic solution to weed and grass killer products. Since farming, weeding and gardening by hand is not a viable option for professional landscapers and park and facility managers, a chemical-free alternative was vital. EcoMIGHT offers a safe and effective alternative for applicators that does not adversely affect the environment.

With no re-entry period, when used as directed, the product is safe for use around people, kids, pets, aquatic life and most importantly, the applicator. W.O.W. is readily biodegradable and does not destroy the millions of vital soil microbes, nor causes runoff into groundwater that typically harms aquatic life as a result of chemicals in toxic alternatives. With a simple, direct application, it kills unwanted weeds and grasses to the root.

“We saw a tremendous need to provide the industry with a cost-effective and non-toxic alternative, and we have been testing the product for a few years to ensure its effectiveness and safety for applicators. We’re thrilled to be able to finally introduce it to consumers,” said CEO of EcoMIGHT, Michael Briansky. “We’ve already received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from customers who were seeking organic weed and grass killers telling us, ‘Wow! This works.’”

The emergence of organic products and corresponding research has demonstrated the powerful effect that rival results of synthetic ingredients. With W.O.W., customers do not have to sacrifice effectiveness for non-toxic chemicals. According to W.O.W.’s customers, a significant majority have agreed that the product is stronger and more effective than products made with harmful chemicals.

“I’ve used nearly every alternative weed and grass killer over the last 30 years working in the golf industry, and in order for me to use a product, it must be the best in the industry,” said Shannon Easter, environmental consultant and director of golf course maintenance and sustainability at The Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton, FL. “W.O.W. is not only safe and natural, but it is highly effective and superior to other products I’ve used.”

In addition to W.O.W., EcoMIGHT makes Mosquito & Pest Control INTERRUPTER.  Both naturally organic and highly effective products are available online at www.ecomight.com.

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18 Jun 2019
Boss Snowplow Launches New Solutions for Better Snow Removal 5

Boss Snowplow Launches New Solutions for Better Snow Removal

BOSS Snowplow expands its snow and ice removal product offerings to help professionals prepare for the upcoming winter storm season. The newest members of the BOSS family are the FORGE® 2.0 Long Bed spreader and the SK-R 6 compact vehicle plow, both extensions of popular BOSS collections. Additionally, the popular D-Force® accessory is now available for DXT Plows.

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FORGE 2.0 Long Bed

“At BOSS, we’re focused on every aspect of the contractor’s business — roads, driveways, sidewalks and parking lots — and the solutions they need to work quicker, more efficiently and with more profitability,” said Mark Klossner, marketing vice president for BOSS Snowplow. “We take great pride in listening to our customers and offering the products and accessories they need to operate successful businesses.”

FORGE 2.0 Long Bed
FORGE stainless steel spreaders have become a strong performer in BOSS’ growing line of ice control solutions, and a new design makes the FORGE a quality solution for long bed trucks. The FORGE 2.0 Long Bed features a longer hopper design to optimize its fit on long bed trucks and make filling the spreader easier and quicker with a loader bucket.

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SK-R 6

SK-R 6
The SK-R 6 joins the SK-R 8 and SK-R 10 to expand BOSS’ line of box plows for tractors, skid steers and other compact vehicle equipment. The new SK-R 6 features a reversible 1 ½-inch rubber cutting edge designed for quieter plowing operation and protection to sensitive surfaces. SK Box Plows from BOSS are designed to put the full force and maneuverability of compact vehicle equipment into getting the pavement back to black.

D-Force for DXT
BOSS continues to expand products offering D-Force, an accessory that improves scraping when back dragging by maintaining a consistent hydraulic down force powered by a hydraulic accumulator, leaving cleaner pavement in less time than conventional plows. D-Force will now be available on new BOSS DXT 8’2″ and 9’2″ snowplows, adding even more power to the already fully featured DXT lineup.

About BOSS Snowplow
BOSS Snowplow is a leader in the snow and ice management business with a growing line of plows for trucks, UTVs, and ATVs, salt and sand spreaders and box plows built for the snow and ice management professional, as well as the homeowner. All products are designed for ease of use, quality and durability. With a market competitive warranty, uncompromising quality and high level of craftsmanship, BOSS has grown to be a leader in the sales of truck mount plows. BOSS products are designed and manufactured in Iron Mountain, Michigan, in an approved ISO 9001:2015 registered facility. BOSS also recently acquired the Snowrator brand, with production facilities in Windom, Minnesota. BOSS maintains a network of nearly 800 dealers worldwide.

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17 Jun 2019
Reconnect With Landscape Customers Mid-Summer 8

Reconnect With Landscape Customers Mid-Summer

The communication is flowing between your lawn care company and your customers early in the season. Folks want you to green up their lawns and keep crabgrass at bay. This momentum keeps up until the hazy days of summer.

But, how do you stay top of mind with your lawn care or landscaping customers in July?

Strategy is Key

Six lawn care and landscaping companies were interviewed to share how they touch base with their clients in mid-summer. Overall, these companies educate their clients, whether it’s about turf disease or upcoming fall services.

All companies were purposeful in their outreach approach and some have specific strategies to reach out to their customers about their summer landscaping. For example, Jay Worth of Tomlinson and Bomberger in Lancaster, PA, says, “We strategically send out email blasts. Since turf diseases were rampant last summer in Pennsylvania because of all of the rain, we also posted blogs raising awareness of turf diseases.”

Stacie Callaghan of Gachina Landscape Management located in Menlo Park, CA, shares: “(I) do my best to schedule regular social media posts highlighting seasonal tasks. It’s important to schedule more than one (social media post), so it sticks. (I) space them out far enough that it doesn’t seem repetitive.”

summer landscaping

Photo: Tomlinson and Bomberger

Becoming Customer-Centric

Many lawn care operators educate their clients based on what the customers see in their lawns. For example, Mike Sisti of FMC Global Solutions in Philadelphia, PA, has 25 years in the green industry, including 13 years as an lawn care operator. So, he’s an expert on mid-season communication with customers.

Sisti would send educational newsletters out to his customers. For example, using the Northeast’s rainy summers over the past few years, Sisti would send out newsletters focusing on turf diseases, such as red thread and dollar spot.

And he would teach his customers about smart cultural practices they could use right away, such as sharp mowing blades, cut at 3″, and good irrigation practices.

“These tips, along with images of the diseases, help the homeowner more readily identify the issue, but also help establish your business as a resource,” Sisti says.

Mark Kelbacher of Stay Green Lawn Services of Chicopee, MA, offers these three tips for communicating with your clients mid-season:

  1. Proactively reach out via phone or personal email asking your clients how their lawn is doing.
    “The goal here is to open up the lines of communication with your customers and address any potential concerns sooner than later.”
  2. Keep communicating through information and educational emails.
    “Keep a close eye on the weather patterns in your market and send an email talking about potential issues the customer may see in their lawns.”
  3. Send an email the month before an important service, such as core aeration and seeding.
    “One step further would be to break (down) this email into a couple of groups — those without aeration and overseeding, and those with aeration to upsell the seed(ing),” Sisti states.
summer landscaping

Photo: McCoy Horticultural Services, Inc.

Other Ways to Communicate Your Services

Richard A. McCoy, owner and president of McCoy Horticultural Services, Inc., in Ringoes, NJ, educates his clients on his organic lawn and landscape services.

“We’re in continuous contact with our clients via the nature of our frequent services to their properties, and with that, we speak directly to our clients. Additionally, we encourage them to contact us whenever they have questions or concerns.”

Instead of using blogs, social media, or print marketing, McCoy relies on word-of-mouth referrals, which works perfectly for him.

“Due to the success of our programs and our broad range of environmental services, most of our business has been secured by word-of-mouth referrals. We have a detailed website, but we currently don’t have a blog or social media.”

summer landscaping

Photo: Spring Green Lawn Care

Direct mail is another way to stay in touch with your customers. Spring Green Lawn Care, a green industry franchise with headquarters located in Naperville, IL, uses it as part of reconnecting with their customers.

“We send out mail to current and potential customers,” says Rachel Gawel, marketing coordinator at Spring Green.

“Potential customers are sent mail that advertise(s) our lawn care programs, whereas current customers receive information on our additional services, such as Total Home Pest Control, Mosquito Control, etc.

“”We leave these to encourage customers to sign up for additional services. A message is also left on the customer’s invoice,” Gawel says.

Stay connected this summer with your clients by educating and reminding them of your services, whether it’s through face-to-face contact, newsletters, social media, or door hangers. You’ll be glad you did this fall.

Komancheck has a passion for helping small- to medium-sized companies succeed. She writes blogs, website content, and other digital marketing pieces for the lawn care and landscape industries. You can learn more about her at www.landscapewriter.com.

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14 Jun 2019
Keep Ticks Away From Buildings 9

Keep Ticks Away From Buildings

By Angela M. Tucker, Ph.D., B.C.E.

Protection from ticks should be top of mind for not only homeowners, but commercial facility owners as well. According to the CDC, these pests cause an estimated 300,000 cases of Lyme disease each year, in addition to cases of other tick-borne illnesses, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever. While ticks are not considered a “structural infesting pest” (meaning they are not likely to live and reproduce successfully in a structure), any property with a wooded area nearby or a transition zone between a well-manicured lawn and a non-landscaped area could provide harborage for ticks.

ticks

Because these environments can occur near both homes and workplaces, it is important that commercial facility managers understand these pests and how to protect against them. These efforts include ensuring the grounds are well-kept to deter ticks from residing on their property and working with landscaping partners or grounds staff on preventive measures.

What Might Draw Ticks to a Property?
Ticks are outdoor organisms that thrive in naturally occurring grasses and habitats. If a property has a wooded area or a transition zone between landscaped grounds and natural, grassy areas, then there is risk of ticks living nearby. In addition, dense ground coverings and small patches of overgrown grass can become secondary tick habitats in the middle of a well-maintained lawn. These habitats provide harborage for developing ticks, as well as a location for an adult female to lay her eggs.

Read more at FacilityExecutive.com.

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