JANUARY 2020
UPDATES FROM THE LANDSCAPE PRODUCTS GROUP

TURF EQUIPMENT UNIVERSITY® 2020: 
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


Stop Procrastinating!!! It's time to invest in the professional development of your key team members and yourself at this year's February TEU! With sessions on Communication , Time Management, Hiring, Leading, Managing, Team Building and more. Taught by respected consultants and experienced industry veterans at world class conference facilities. Click here now and get registered! TEU always sells out so don't be the should've, could've, would've person and register today!

Ok, Here's a second chance to get your 2020 season off to a fresh, positive start. Click here to register today.
 

WELCOME TO 2020. NOW STOP ABBREVIATING IT. 

The new year is giving scammers an easy way to forge documents, but you can protect yourself with an easy New Year's resolution: Stop abbreviating the year.

Why? This year's abbreviation is easily changeable and could be used against you. The concern is that scammers could easily manipulate a document dated "1/1/20" into "1/1/2017" or even "1/1/2021."

Writing out the full date "could possibly protect you and prevent legal issues on paperwork," according to Hamilton County, Ohio, Auditor Dusty Rhodes.

While it's early in the year for examples of this kind of fraud to emerge, the threat is real according to Ira Rheingold, the executive director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates.

Read the rest of the USA Today article here.



ONLINE TRAINING PORTAL NOW AVAILABLE

Turf Equipment and Supply Company now has an online training portal for you and your team. This is great training for the winter months, onboarding new employees and/or educating yourself and your existing crew so you are prepared to be the best in 2020. There are hundreds of courses online including the following:

  • Designing a Landscape Drainage System
  • Growing Sales of Drainage Products 
  • Crew Leader: How to Lead & Motivate
  • Crew Leader: Planning & Scheduling
  • Troubleshooting & Solving Decoder-Based Irrigation System Problems
  • Essential Selling Skills: Mastering Cold Calling
  • Proper Solvent Cementing Techniques for PVC Pipe
  • ...and many more
The training portal is available 24/7 so it's convenient to your schedule. Unexpected rainy day - no problem. Need content for an employee training - no problem. Ground frozen - no problem. New employee but to busy to train - no problem. All great times to access the training portal and improve your teams skills.

The annual fee of $49.95 per login gives you access for the entire year as many times as you wish to visit. Register as a company and do team trainings. Or, register individually and assign courses to employees and then track their progress.

Enroll today at our Online Training Portal here.



GLUING IN THE COLD? NO PROBLEM WITH CHRISTY'S®

Solvent cementing PVC pipe and fittings in temperatures below 40 degrees requires special preparation.

In cold weather, solvents work slower to penetrate and soften plastic surfaces. The plastic itself is more resistant to solvent action. You will need to follow the correct procedures and allow additional time for curing.

Thanks to our vendor partner, T. Christy Enterprises, here's a video showing you the best solvent to use, and how to successfully make solvent cemented joints in cold conditions.


EXPANDING YOUR BUSINESS OFFERINGS IN 2020?
CONSIDER FOAMSTREAM FROM WEEDINGTECH™

Foamstream helps organizations to make outdoor areas greener, cleaner and safer for all those who enjoy them. Safe, cost-effective and multi-functional, it has become the leading herbicide-free solution for managing outside spaces. Its patented low-pressure process combines heat with our biodegradable foam, making it safe for use around people, animals and delicate environments.

Due to the systems high heat retention, Foamstream is also suitable for outdoor cleaning tasks including chewing gum removal, power washing and general sanitization jobs. This makes it a highly effective, all-round, green and urban space management system. 

Want to learn more and see how this may fit into your business offerings? Check out the newest entry level model here.



ADDITIONAL TRAINING TO ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR

Mark your calendars now for some exciting, hands-on training classes coming in the next few months - many of which will be taught in Spanish! The full schedule and registration will be available on our website soon.

  • Feb 18           Atlantic Water Gardens training - Bilingual instructor Demi Fortuna
  • Feb 19           Rain Bird Irrigation Class in Jessup - AM Spanish,PM English 
  • Feb 20           Rain Bird Irrigation Class in Fairfax - AM Spanish,PM English 
  • Feb 20.          Stormwater Meeting in West Chester, PA 
  • Week of March 2      
        • K Rain Irrigation classes in Spanish 
  • Week of March 9      
        • Landscape Lighting in Fairfax, VA bilingual
        • Landscape Lighting in Jessup, MD bilingual

GOLF IRRIGATION TECH TRAINING EVENTS
 

This year's training events will focus on installation and maintenance of HDPE pipe and fittings. Additionally, the program includes updates and refreshers on products, programs and tools your staff need to know about for your facility. Each event will have the same content and will run from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm with lunch provided. GCSAA Education Points are offered for this event. 

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020: Turf Equipment and Supply, Fairfax, VA office
  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020: Turf Equipment and Supply, Jessup, MD office
  • Thursday, February 27, 2020: Cripple Creek Golf & CC, Dagsboro, DE
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020: Ramblewood Country Club, Mt. Laurel, NJ
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020: Turf Equipment and Supply, West Chester, PA office
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020: Pine Hills Country Club, Taylor, PA