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18 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
E 62: FX Luminaire Sheds Some Light on Design
In this episode of Green Industry Pros’ Grass Roots, Editor Ryan Whisner sheds some light on the subject of landscape lighting design. FX Luminaire Web Development Manager Scott Allison highlights the company’s free digital tool called My Design, a free program that eliminates the need for multiple pieces of software to design landscape lighting systems.
38 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
E 61: A Little About LIfe-scaping
In this episode of Green Industry Pros’ Grass Roots, Editor Ryan Whisner talks to Monique Allen, author of “Stop Landscaping Start Life-Scaping, A Guide to Ending the Rush-rush, Humdrum Approach to Landscape Development and Care,” about some of the steps small businesses can take to have a win for the planet, people and profits. Allen highlights the concept of life-scaping and how it is about elevating the entire industry to more success. For more information visit https://www.thegardencontinuum.com
24 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
E 60: The Life Cycle of a Raindrop
In this episode of Green Industry Pros’ Grass Roots, Editor Ryan Whisner concludes a three-part series on drainage with ADS product marketing management and marketing executive vice president Brian King to discuss some of the solutions used in providing drainage services.
32 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
E 59: How to Use NDS to Become an Expert in Drainage
In this episode of Green Industry Pros’ Grass Roots, Editor Ryan Whisner dives into the second part of the three-part series on drainage. The series began with episode 58 with a discussion with SiteOne Landscape Supply product marketing manager Matt Mikucki to discuss the concept of adding drainage as a service. For this episode, we’re focused on the education of contractors on drainage services through opportunities offered by NDS. The third segment will focus on a discussion with ADS about some of the equipment used in addressing drainage issues.
23 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
E 58: Keeping Up With the Drainage Flow
In this episode of Green Industry Pros’ Grass Roots, Editor Ryan Whisner begins a three-part series on drainage with Site One irrigation product marketing manager Matt Mikucki to discuss the potential benefits of adding drainage as a service. Subsequent episodes will include educational opportunities through SiteOne and NDS and more about some of the equipment utilized in adding the service.
45 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
E 57: Greenzie Ready to Bring Robotics To Commercial Mowing
In this episode of Green Industry Pros’ Grass Roots, Editor Ryan Whisner discusses the latest developments in robotic mowing with Greenzie CEO and co-founder Charles Brian Quinn. The kit developed by the Greenzie team enables commercial mowers to be operated autonomously. Through a partnership with Wright Manufacturing, this technology is coming closer to being available to contractors.
23 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
E 56: Digging In with Ditch Witch
In this episode of Green Industry Pros’ Grass Roots, Editor Ryan Whisner talks to Brant Kukuk, compact equipment product manager, and Chapman Hancock, product marketing manager, vacuum excavators, from Ditch Witch about the variety of benefits and uses of vacuum excavators and stand-on or mini skid steers in the green industry.
37 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
E: 55 He Wants to Mow Your Lawn
Brian Schwartz was laid off from his job amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. On a whim, he started a free lawn mowing service for seniors age 65 and up. I Want to Mow Your Lawn is now a 501©3 not for profit organization that has built momentum across the country. Based on volunteers, he is reaching out to the landscape business community to participate in the program. On this weeks’ edition of the Grass Roots Podcast, Schwartz shares his story with Green Industry Pros editor Ryan Whisner.
23 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
E 54: Weed Man Takes on Mosquitos With New Sub-Brand
Earlier this year, Weed Man officially expanded its service offerings with its own sub-brand Mosquito Hero. On this episode of the Grass Roots podcast, Weed Man CEO Jennifer Lemcke introduces the Mosquito Hero sub brand and its potential benefits for the Weed Man franchisees. She discusses the reason behind the development of the sub-brand and how it fits into the overall service offerings for franchisees.
23 minutes | May 27, 2021
E 53: Bringing a Backyard Paradise To Your Customers
Research shows simply spending time in nature, which can start in your backyard, is good for reducing stress, boosting heart health, boosting Vitamin D levels, and enhancing memory. Thanks to the family yard, the health and well-being benefits of being outside are just a few steps away. Kris Kiser, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute president and CEO, defines this as “backyarding,” referring to the trend to move many indoor activities, from working in an office or classroom to dining and recreation, to the outdoors. Over the past year, backyards and other managed landscapes became a haven for social gatherings, work, play and relaxation. In this episode of the Grass Roots podcast, Kiser shares his thoughts on the future of “backyarding” and the trend’s impact on landscape contractors.
24 minutes | May 13, 2021
E 52: Grounded in a Landscaping Franchise
Small business owners across the country were doing everything they could to keep things afloat despite the ongoing pandemic. For Tricia Capps, owner of The Ground Guys of Waco, her business was just starting. Finalizing the investment into the Neighborly Ground Guys franchise in March 2020, she proceeded to advance in opening despite the challenges of the pandemic.
32 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
E 51: Proper Maintenance Is Part of Chainsaw Safety
Overall, a safety culture within any landscaping or tree care operation is vital, particularly when chainsaws are regularly being utilized. To learn more about the importance of safety in relation to chainsaws, Green industry Pros Editor Ryan Whisner sat down with STIHL product manager John Allen; Husqvarna senior brand manager for professional chainsaws and cutting equipment Ben McDermott and ECHO chainsaw product manager Jason Wilk for a panel discussion on the topic. On the last episode, the panel focused on personal protective equipment and training. On today’s episode, we pick back up with the panel discussion as they continue their discussion on safety and discuss the importance of proper chainsaw maintenance.
23 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
E 50: How to Keep Your Number One Assets Safe While Using Chainsaws
Safety, when it comes to chainsaws is a mix of personal protective equipment (PPE), training and proper maintenance. To learn more about the importance of safety in relation to chainsaws, Green industry Pros Editor Ryan Whisner sat down with STIHL product manager John Allen; Husqvarna senior brand manager for professional chainsaws and cutting equipment Ben McDermott and ECHO chainsaw product manager Jason Wilk for a panel discussion on the topic. The panel discussion has been split into two parts to accommodate all the information. On this episode of the Grass Roots podcast, the trio of product managers discuss the importance of PPE and training. Tune in next time as the panel highlights the importance of chainsaw maintenance.
24 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
E 49: Protect Your Customers From Ticks and Mosquitos
Warmer, humid weather brings out ticks and mosquitos. The most vulnerable months for tick and mosquito bites is April through September. On this edition of the Grass Roots podcast, Green Industry Pros editor Ryan Whisner discusses the addition of mosquito and tick control to a lawn care provider’s service options with Mark Wilson, president and founder of Tick Killz.
47 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
E: 48 If You Don’t Adopt the Cloud, You’re Toast
Technology is both a blessing and a curse. It can help a business grow or at times, if implemented incorrectly can wreck it. Managing all the technology it takes to run a business these days can be a challenge. On this edition of the Grass Roots podcast, SquareStack founder and CEO Bill Furlong shares his insights on the importance of using apps to manage your business and highlights a solution offered by SquareStack and GreenIndustryPros.com to simplify the process using GreenApps.
34 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
E: 47 Robots Rising
Robotic mowers do a fantastic job of maintaining grass at a specific height of cut and giving commercial and residential sites good curb appeal.In the past few years, consumers and professionals have taken more interest in the use of robotic mowers for a variety of reasons, mainly to offset the cost of labor and looking at the opportunity to have a service that is sustainable or eco-friendly. On this edition of the Grass Roots Podcast, Graze CEO John Vlay shares the latest development of Graze’s first fully autonomous or robotic mower, as well as some of his own insights on the future of robotic mowers in the green industry.
26 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
E: 46 No Time for Design
Tilly Design is a woman-owned online service that creates custom landscape plans for outdoor spaces. Originally designed for homeowners to have easier access to a landscape design, their latest product line is strictly for contractors. For those landscape professionals who don’t have the time or knowledge of landscape design, through Tilly they can offer the service to clients. In this episode of the Grass Roots Podcast, Blythe Yost, landscape architect and CEO of Tilly Design and Alexis Sutton, president, discuss how the process works and the benefits for small to mid-size landscape contractors.
42 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
E: 45 How to Franchise Water Conservation
Conserva Irrigation was founded in 2010 by Russ Jundt under the concept of conserving the 1.5 million gallons of fresh water wasted daily in the U.S. by inefficient landscape irrigation systems. Now franchised, Convserva Irrigation has grown to more than 100 territories around the country. In this episode of the Grass Roots Podcast, Jundt share the story of Conserva Irrigation while also discussing the current state of the irrigation industry.
34 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
E:44 Digging Deep With the Versatility of Vacuum Excavation
Vacuum excavators can save contractors time, labor and most significantly reduce surface disruption in the excavation process. There are a lot of different applications for vacuum excavators and drills. On this episode of the Grass Roots Podcast, Ditch Witch product managers Chapman Hancock and Cory Maker about the various applications of the vacuum excavators and drills.
42 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
E 43: Hey Mom, the Weed Man is Here!
Weed Man recently announced its newest sub-franchisor, ASI Landscape Management. The company is now the official sub-franchisor to drive Weed Man expansion in Florida. On this episode of the Grass Roots podcast, Weed Man CEO Jennifer Lemcke shares the story of Weed Man and also introduces ASI Landscape Management’s CEO Joe Chiellini and COO Mark Almeda to discuss the expansion of the franchise.
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