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PLANET Green Industry Weekly NewsBrief
July 15, 2009
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Fine Fescues Finally Getting Their Due
from Landscape Management
Until recently fine fescues have, to some extent, been the forgotten stepchild in the turfgrass picture. Bluegrasses, ryegrasses and turf-type tall fescues have generated the most excitement in regards to breeding advancements and new varieties. These popular cool-season species are now having to share the spotlight with fine fescues, particularly in New England, the Northeast and the Midwest where the attractiveness of this fine-leafed, bunch-type grass, its cold tolerance, attractiveness and, especially, environmental plusses are boosting its popularity. More

Water Woes Are No Worry
from Lawn and Landscape
Ron Newberg does not fear the water restrictions in Florida. In fact, they're bringing in plenty of new business as large commercial sites scramble for better water management. Newberg Irrigation's territory St. Petersburg, Fla. faces a severe three-year drought and parts of Tampa are under a complete water restriction. More

Landscaping on a Slope: An Uphill Battle
from Grounds Maintenance
If you could change one thing about the property you manage, what would it be? A few years ago, I had the opportunity to present that question to an industry group during a presentation at a turfgrass conference. Overwhelmingly, the audience identified maintenance of slopes as one of the most difficult issues they face. More

How to: Sharpen Rotary Mower Blades
from Grounds Maintenance
There is no technical mystery to sharpening a lawnmower blade. It just takes common sense and a bit of know-how. If you have a good bench grinder or a professional blade grinder, you can do a professional job. More

Varieties Bred for a Purpose
from Turfgrass
Turfgrass breeders are always on the lookout for the next new grass variety, perhaps the next breakthrough or even the next "great" or "superlative" grass. But the search for improved turfgrass varieties is not undertaken without some thought toward the end result. Cultivars were bred for a purpose based on a set of breeding objectives delineated at the outset of the program. More

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Small Utah Businesses Urge Health Reform
from The Salt Lake Tribune
Rod Odekirk can't compete as a small business and offer health care. So in 2001, he dropped his employees' coverage. Holding onto it, the owner of General Ceiling said, would have meant "I would be consistently outbid." Odekirk isn't alone. Hammered by mounting health care costs, Utah's small businesses are ready to buy into bold reform -- including a public health insurance option -- so they can offer coverage to their workers and still have a fighting chance of turning a profit. More


Bailouts Are Being Considered for Small Businesses
from the Dallas Examiner
There is a plan from the original Obama stimulus package to redirect a portion of stimulus funds to small businesses in general. In a nutshell the plan would be to take some monies from the $700 billion dollar bank bailout and it available to millions of small businesses which would make sense because statistics show that 95 percent of businesses in the United States are classified as being "small businesses." More

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