Posts Tagged ‘landscape’

A Proposed Fertilizer Restrictions Bill

March 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Bill restrictions not written to squeeze landscape contractors.

A Frederick, Maryland lawmaker is seeking greater restrictions on phosphorous in lawn fertilizers. However, his proposed bill would not affect fertilizers used by licensed landscape contractors because the ban specifically targets residential properties.

How good is the idea of restrictions?

Several state agencies have raised concerns regarding the bill. The Maryland Farm Bureau reported that reducing phosphorous would make fertilizer less effective and contribute to soil erosion, as homeowners would be unable to properly care for their lawns.

Reducing phosphorous, to do or not to do?

Categories: Landscaping, News

Survey On The State Of The Landscape Industry

March 17, 2010 1 comment

Is there going to be an increase in landscaping business this year? [Pro Magazine asks]

Results from a landscape contractor survey conducted in early-March by PRO Magazine show that one in four contractors across all major landscape industry service sectors expect an increase in business this year. However, this level of contractor confidence represents a step backward from a similar survey PRO conducted four months earlier.

Categories: Landscaping

Snapper NXT Mowers: The “NXT” Generation Of Mowers

March 9, 2010 4 comments

Introducing the new Snapper NXT mower line.  Snapper asked thousands of everyday users what they were looking for and needed in a lawn mower.  Snapper used those answers and suggestions to develop the blueprint for the NXT mower line.

The Lawnmower You Designed

Snapper started with a blank sheet of paper and a singular goal: To create new mowers that provide our best mowing experience ever.

To get there, Snapper asked you and thousands of other homeowners what you liked and didn’t like about your mowers. In collaboration with BMW Group DesignWorks U.S.A., Snapper conducted extensive and sophisticated consumer research that can be reduced to this question: Describe the ultimate lawnmower?

From The Snapper Research Center to Your Backyard

After countless hours of interviews and observations, Snapper engineers and designers spent three years incorporating what we learned from you into dozens of prototype mowers. We tested and re-tested them and then engineered key findings into the final product.

The results are nothing short of groundbreaking. These units start with the user and end with the user. Thanks to your input, every feature, every dimension and every control has been nuanced from the operator’s point of view.

Beginning with their revolutionary push button starting system, the Snapper NXT redefines the grass cutting experience. Never before has a lawn mower been so responsive, so intelligent, so comfortable and so powerful. The Snapper NXT is your lawn mower and the next generation of Snapper.

Snapper NXT Lawn Tractors

  • Push Button Starting System
  • Ultra-Tight Turning Radius
  • Electric Height of Cut Switch
  • Revolutionary Cutting System
  • Easy-to-Read Digital Interface
  • Adjustable Ergonomic, Breathable Seat
  • Bright LED Headlights
  • Advanced Briggs & Stratton Professional Series 23 or 27 HP Engines

The Snapper NXT riding mower delivers innovation that starts with the push of a button. From sleek, automotive-inspired styling to innovative control, display and cutting systems, the Snapper NXT riding mower makes your mowing experience second-to-none.

The Snapper NXT lawn tractor brings it all together and puts you on the cutting edge. It’s our easiest starting, best cutting tractor ever — for the ultimate mowing experience.

Snapper NXT Walk Behind Mower

  • Push Button Starting System
  • ” REACT” Variable Speed Drive
  • Revolutionary Cutting System
  • 3-in-1 Mower Capability
  • Electronic Maintenance Minder
  • Single Point Height of Cut Lever
  • Easy Change Handle Height
  • Briggs & Stratton Professional Series Engine

    The Snapper NXT 22″ rear wheel drive walk-behind mower shares the same consumer-driven DNA as the NXT riding mower. From the push button starting system to the REACT™ Drive System, Professional Series™ engine, the NXT walk-behind has significant advantages over a traditional push mower. It delivers a seamless mowing experience second to none.

    Don’t settle for a conventional push mower. The Snapper NXT walk-behind mower’s revolutionary new cutting system and redesigned, aerodynamic deck provide our most precise, most even cut ever — each time you mow.

Contact Aztec Rental for a quote on the Snapper NXT Mower Line.

[Snapper Mowers]

Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) And Planet Merger: On Again Off Again

February 26, 2010 Leave a comment
Back in December The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) and PLANET (Professional Landcare Networkmet) met for two and a half days to examine the potential for a merger of the two groups. [full story
Bill Hildebolt, PLANET president, said the merger has been in the works since 2004, when the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) and the Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) merged, and continued through informal discussions between the two groups. Talks intensified about a year ago, and have been “serious” since then, he said.
“It just makes a lot of sense if we want to be a pro voice of the green industry that bringing these two top green industry association into one makes sense,” Hildebolt said, adding that a unified association would give members more leverage politically.


Talks and merger have now been put on hold. [full story]

 The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) and the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) have announced that the organizations have decided to defer continued discussions on unification at this time. They will continue to pursue partnership opportunities and explore ways to work together to further the interests of both memberships and the Green Industry as a whole.
Categories: Landscaping, News

Mike Rowe And Cub Cadet Support GreenCare For Troops

February 24, 2010 Leave a comment

GreenCare for Troops is dedicated to helping military families care for their lawns while their loved ones are deployed. Since 2006, the non-profit has helped nearly 10,000 military families with Cub Cadet as the major supporter.

Mike Rowe and the Dirty Jobs crew join Cub Cadet and GreenCare for Troops at the California home of Sgt. Peter Mavropoulos.

Mike Rowe’s [take.]

Do you want to help our troops? [get involved]

[Green Care For Troops]
[Mike Rowe Works]
[Dirty Jobs]
[Cub Cadet Equipment]

Categories: Cub Cadet, News

Suspension On Zero Turn Mowers, It’s A No Brainer

February 23, 2010 13 comments

You don’t need to be an Olympic athlete to drive a zero turn mower, but it sure would be less painful if you were for most zero turn mowers. Operators that run zero turn mowers for cities, landscape companies, commercial cutters or acreage owners know what we are talking about. Running a fixed frame zero turn for 6 to 8 hours a day, everyday is very taxing on the body, especially the lower back. Anyone that has operated these units for that long has felt this in some way, shape, or form. Even mowing you own lawn for 2 to 3 hours once a week I am sure you have felt like you have gone a few rounds in a boxing ring when you get off.

Landscape companies, commercial cutters and acreage owners there is a way to remedy this problem, oh and not to mention INCREASE productivity. For company owners this means less time your guys are on each job, which translates to more jobs and a healthier bottom line. Acreage owners you can decrease the time you are spending on you lawns exponentially. I don’t know of any company or person that doesn’t look for more efficient ways to do business or get jobs done.

The solution for the pain and increased productivity is very simple; the Ferris Zero Turn Mower with its patented independent suspension system.

How much faster, more productive and more efficient would you or your employees be if you were operating a much smoother machine? There would be no more slowing down to compensate for all of the different terrain variations. You would mow over these same areas carrying the same ground speed at all times, unlike before when you would slow down to negotiate these obstacles. Operators would not feel like they have been beat with a sledge-hammer every time they get off the machine, which makes it that much easier for them to go to work each day.


No matter if you’re a professional cutter, weekend warrior or discriminating buyer, Ferris zero-turn mowers with suspension will give you a measurable improvement in your mowing efficiency. The smooth ride will enable you to get more done in less time than conventional mowers. A Ferris mower can help you finish your job faster, boost your productivity and produce beautiful results.

Ferris zero-turn mowers are the only commercial mowers that feature a suspension system that was developed by engineers with landscape contractors’ needs in mind. We didn’t just mask operating vibration with a special seat. These mowers were built from the ground up to be the hardest working and smoothest riding in the industry. Operators experience less fatigue while tackling tough jobs. Our patented suspension technology provides exclusive benefits that maximize productivity for years to come.


PRODUCTIVITY: The benefits of Ferris suspension add up to increased productivity for you. The more productive you can be the more time you will save and the more money you can make.

SPEED: Many operators are not aware that they slow down to compensate for uneven terrain – until they test-drive a Ferris with suspension. Insulated from these effects, the operator naturally increases speed, taking full advantage of available horsepower. The result: More acres per hour and more money in your pocket.

CONSISTENCY OF CUT: The mower deck follows the movement of the wheels and the flow of the terrain. The result is a beautiful, consistent cut.

EXTENDED MOWER LIFE: Suspension also benefits the chassis by reducing shock load. Our frame rails are made of much heavier material because we do not rely on frame flex to keep all four wheels on the ground. As a result, a mower with suspension will last longer and require fewer repairs than a similar non-suspension mower.

COMFORT: Ferris’ exclusive suspension system absorbs the shocks and vibrations that cause operator fatigue. The increased comfort translates to operator satisfaction and increased productivity.

So How Does It Work?

The Ferris patented suspension system allows each wheel to move up and down independently smoothing out uneven turf. The deck of the mower works in conjunction with the suspension system

to provide a consistent cut. This system virtually eliminates shock to the chassis, resulting in superior operator comfort, increased mowing speeds, stability and extended mower life.

Take a look at this video.

Like every commercial mowing innovation, the success of suspension depends on its value to the landscape contractor. But, get any five owners of Suspension mowers together and ask them what they find appealing, and you’ll get five different answers. Suspension offers multiple benefits to the landscaper. This, perhaps more than anything, has made the advent of Suspension, not just an innovation, but a revolution in commercial mowing.

There you have it, so anybody against less mowing time, increased jobs, or a healthier bottom line?  Probably not, so get off your fixed frame unit and check out the Ferris mower line, which can make this happen for you.

[Productivity Calculator] – plug your numbers in, and see for yourself what kind of money can be saved.
[Ferris Mower Models] – zero turn mowers and walk behind units