Editor’s Letter: Strange Times Indeed
It’s downright surreal to be writing this as the world fights a virus unlike anything I’ve experienced in my lifetime. While working from home, tying my children to chairs for online learning, and seeking solace in my garden, it is all unbelievable—and quite scary. As Turf managing editor, covering COVID-19 is especially challenging due to its uncertainty and constantly changing nature. Do we go on buying mowers as usual or stock up on disinfectant? Is the curve flattening yet? How do you balance economic survival with bodily survival? What loans are available? Will it get worse in the fall? Masks aren’t necessary; then required. From the micro details of hand sanitizer to the macro picture of death toll and market forecasts, it’s hard to know what version of “normal” to live and work by today, and especially tomorrow.
One thing is clear: we’re all a little freaked out financially. So Turf looked into going the franchise route—could a national name offer greater stability in these times? Or maybe you’re looking long term and want to maximize company value for potential buyers? These business articles kick off the issue and continue with real-world debt advice from fellow landscapers in “Off The Record.”
With summer in full swing, humans aren’t the only ones fighting illness and stress—so are lawns, trees, and ornamentals. The experts at PBI-Gordon share their knowledge on summer lawn diseases and solutions; while three horticulturalists in different regions provide tips on combating plant heat stress. And it’s not your imagination, some stressed plants do look worse after watering!
Good news is especially welcome now so our “Made In America” coverage has a timely spin, focusing on company outreach during COVID-19. In other good news, we bring you an article on “regenerative” lawn care, a concept where the focus on soil has big impacts not only on reduced chemical use, but on climate change itself. It’s an eye-opening read and something every landscaper should think about. Stay safe out there. The grass always gets greener—eventually!
Managing Editor, Turf
Table of Contents
Is Franchising For You? | This enterprise strategy provides techniques and help, versus the pliability afforded by individualism.
Boosting The Worth Of Your Enterprise | Whether or not promoting subsequent yr or wanting long run, look at your operation to extend its value.
Software program For Design Companies | To supply panorama design, maintain these options in thoughts.
Made In America | Earlier this yr, the trade responded to the COVID-19 disaster with innovation and a group spirit.
Summer Disease Solutions | Fight these widespread garden maladies by disrupting the “triangle” of host, pathogen, and setting.
Counteracting Summer season Stress On Ornamentals | Specialists in three areas focus on serving to crops battle excessive warmth.
Maintaining It Inexperienced, With Much less Water | Expertise fosters sensible irrigation for panorama care.
Introducing Regenerative Lawn Care | Can dialing again synthetics nonetheless ship the outcomes your prospects are in search of?
Encourage Prospects With Hardscape | Demand for outside dwelling areas is surging.
Off The File: How A lot Debt Ought to You Carry? | From the Turf LawnSite on-line discussion board, members focus on factoring the true price of ageing gear versus new.
Get Geared up | Fertilizers, Tree Care Gear, Building Gear, and Water Options
My Panorama: Pollinator Backyard Means Enterprise | In Bethseda, MD, Lincoln Property Firm put in a pollinator backyard on its grounds.