From Colorado's recent surge of business to commemorating a man whose legacy lives on at his company, our Top 100 coverage is packed with stories all about the top businesses in our industry. On the heels of Mental Health Awareness Month, we also have a touching first-person story on depression and ways to cope with grief.
The Departments of Homeland Security and Labor has officially kicked off an application process for an additional 30,000 H-2B visas for fiscal 2019. These visas will be limited to returning workers who received H-2B visas in one or more of the previous three fiscal years (2016, 2017 or 2018).
Employers with a valid Department of Labor temporary labor certification for a start date of April 1 can apply directly to the Department of Homeland Security - US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) without re-advertising or going back through the DOL process, provided that their visa petitions are submitted to USCIS before the expiration of their labor certification, which should run through May 14.
Employers will also need to submit an attestation form that without H-2B workers, the employer will suffer “irreparable harm” or permanent and severe financial loss. The attestation form will be available tomorrow from the Department of Labor. It should be posted here. After May 14, employers will need to re-advertise jobs and file a new application for labor certification with DOL.
You can view a pre-publication copy of the rule here.
ELMSFORD, NY. – Central Turf & Irrigation Supply, a North American wholesale distributor of irrigation and landscape supplies, has been named an authorized distributor of Baseline Irrigation Control Solutions.
Central will sell and service Baseline’s industry-leading products across its 46 locations. Products will include patented soil moisture sensors and two-wire technologies, intelligent-irrigation controllers, and central- and remote-control platforms.
“Our goal is to help our customers grow their businesses with sophisticated solutions across irrigation, landscape, and more. With the addition of Baseline to our product offerings, we continue to offer the most innovative components being used with today’s new irrigation systems”, said Bernardo Luciano, President of Central Turf & Irrigation Supply, Inc. “We’re proud that our in-house specialists will be able to make this new technology accessible for a larger number of customers.”
Central’s IA Certified design team will assist irrigation contractors and designers with preparing water-efficient irrigation plans and specifications for commercial, industrial, institutional and sports field projects of all sizes. To ensure successful implementation of Baseline’s irrigation control solutions across all of its service areas, Central offers project support services from project budgeting and management to technical support and troubleshooting.
There are two types of spray hose available for spray rigs: spiral one pass and spiral two pass.
On a spiral one pass, the nylon cord that holds everything together runs through the hose, beginning to end, once.
On a spiral two pass, the cord runs through beginning to end and then back, making a stronger hose.
“The decision is based on the amount of pressure you’re going to be putting through the hose,” says Gary Eichen, BioTurf/PHC manager at Mike’s Tree Surgeons in Troy, Michigan. “Spiral one pass is rated lower pressure than spiral two. I recommend for most cases, especially lawn care where it’s running 150 PIS to 250 PSI, the spiral one pass because of cost.”
Something to keep in mind is that hose pressure is determined at a temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re working in a part of the country that is continually above that, your hose will be slightly lower in pressure because the heat makes the hose softer.
At J Rick Lawn & Tree, crews typically uses a hose that’s 400 feet long.
“When you have to go around houses and through gates, the smaller size makes it a lot easier to drag around obstacles,” says Jon Rick, owner of J Rick Lawn & Tree in Colorado Springs, Colo.,“Especially for residential purposes when you’re dragging it out and reeling it up 20 times a day. It makes a big difference.”
Eichen says flipping your hose once a year helps extend its life.
“In most cases, a technician is pulling out maybe 150 feet of hose,” he says. “Most hose reels come in 350-foot lengths so the last 150 feet is not used nearly as much as the first 200.”
If you’re not working in your business, you’re probably working on it. As a business owner, it’s easy to get worn out and run down between managing emails, phone calls, employees and a personal life.
At the 2019 Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association annual meeting, Ren Laforme from the Poynter Institute shared a few tools to help run your work life – and personal life – a little better.
Tools for work:
ContactOut. With this Google Chrome plug in, your browser turns into an email database. It’s integrated with LinkedIn and supplies you with contact information for whoever you’re trying to contact. The plug in offers a free trial but jumps to $2,400 a year for the paid version.
Sortd. Gmail users are able to create segmented and sorted lists of emails as they fill the inbox. Prioritize your most important tasks and file away those things that may be able to wait just a bit longer. And, it’s free.
Calendly. Your inbox is probably already flooded. This app cuts the back and forth that often goes into setting up a time to meet or call someone. You’re able to create a calendar for yourself and send the link via email to set up a meeting. Your available time slots are shown to the recipient, and they can select the time that works best for them. The basic plan is free, but paid options are available.
Tools for your peace of mind:
Inbox Pause: Sometimes, you need a break. Available for both Outlook and Gmail users, Inbox Pause stops emails from appearing in your inbox. They’ll still come through, but you won’t see them until you turn off the plug in.
Plant Nanny. On the less serious side, but still fun for those in the green industry, this mobile app helps you track how much water you’re drinking via a virtual plant. The more you drink, the healthier your plant gets. Best of all, it’s free.
Nudge. Breaking a habit is hard. If you’re always checking Facebook or keeping tabs on the score of the game, installing Nudge on your desktop can help. It’s not available for mobile use, but it makes visiting your favorite time-wasting websites that much harder. A screen blocker limits your view and a click-and-drag slider appears before you can gain access to the site.