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PLANET Green Industry Weekly NewsBrief
Aug. 19, 2009
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INDUSTRY

Insects' Biological Clock Can Signal 'Die Time'
from Landscape Management
Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered that the circadian rhythms or biological "clocks" in some insects can make them far more susceptible to pesticides at some times of the day instead of others. More

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Scientist Works to Create the Ultimate Drought-Resistant Lawn Grass
from Lawn & Landscape
Jason Goldman's goal is a Kentucky bluegrass-like lawn grass that is highly tolerant to drought. Bluegrass hybrids ideal for pasture and for lawns could be developed faster using genetic markers developed by an Agricultural Research Service scientist. More

Safari Insecticide Labeled for Control of HWA in Eight States
from Landscape Management
Safari Insecticide has received a Section 24(c) Special Local Need label in multiple states for use against the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, a highly devastating, invasive pest that is killing hemlock trees in huge numbers along the U.S. Eastern seaboard. Previously available for use in ornamental landscapes, this label expands the approved use of Safari to include hemlocks growing on public and private lands, including national parks. More

Season, Zone Dictate Weed Control in Seeded Tall Fescue and Bluegrass
from Turf Grass Trends
Weed control during establishment of tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass from seed is difficult for many reasons. First, many herbicides normally considered safe on fully established stands of both grasses can be detrimental to newly developing seedlings. Herbicides containing broadleaf herbicides, such as 2,4-D and dicamba, can injure developing seedlings so severely that if applied to seedlings under the wrong conditions, a delayed turfgrass development can occur. More

Pitt Research Suggests EPA Standard for Pesticide Safety Overlooks Long-term Effects
from Landscape Management
The four-day testing period the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency commonly uses to determine safe levels of pesticide exposure for humans and animals could fail to account for the toxins' long-term effects, University of Pittsburgh researchers report in the September edition of "Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry." More

BUSINESS

Advice Site Starts for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses
from Lawn & Landscape
As Forbes, Fortune, Business Week and other management magazines wither away, another business media start-up is moving to fill the void. Bizmore aims to be a sort of Yahoo Answers for executives at small and medium-size companies. Users pose business questions like "Is search engine optimization right for you?" or "How do I increase online sales?" and others weigh in with answers and vote the best responses to the top. More

Diversify Your Business by Offering Perimeter Pest Control
from Grounds Maintenance
While many green industry professionals focus on providing their customers with green lawns, many have also realized the benefit and opportunities in offering add-on services, such as pest control. Providing these additional services offers consumers the ease of having one trusted service provider to meet both their landscape and pest control needs. This also affords lawn care operators an opportunity to increase revenue, generate additional sales, increase their brand awareness and build a loyal customer base. If you're considering adding this service to your business, take some tips from the experts profiled below. If not, you may want to reconsider. More

ENVIRONMENT

Green Vegetative Roofs and LEED Standards Highlighted
from WHSV-TV
Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine toured the renovated, environmentally friendly Virginia Association of Counties headquarters where he highlighted the benefits of green construction and green roofs. The VaCo headquarters in Richmond was built in 1866 and recently was completely renovated using LEED standards. More





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