About Green Source Landscape & Sports Turf
GreenSource Landscape & Sports Turf is a commercial landscape company, providing landscaping and sports turf services to southern Florida. On April 22, 2020, GreenSource Landscape & Sports Turf was acquired by Juniper landscaping. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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Apr 22, 2020
Juniper acquires Green Source Landscape & Sports Turf With this move, Juniper now employees over 1200 people in Florida in 10 branches. Juniper landscaping, a landscape service provider that ranked No. 21 in Lawn & Landscape's 2019 Top 100 list, has acquired the assets of Green Source Landscape & Sports Turf in Fort Lauderdale. This marks the second acquisition in the area for Juniper and the third on the east coast of Florida. “We are excited about Jason and his team, they bring a depth of talent and expertise while expanding Juniper capabilities in the region.” says Brandon Duke, president of Juniper. “Jason and his team have an excellent reputation in the market. They’re considered industry leaders, especially when it comes to sports turf management. I couldn’t be more optimistic about what the future holds for our east coast operations.” says Dan deMont, vice president of Juniper. With this move Juniper now employees over 1200 people in Florida in 10 branches. “The gained resources and experience joining Juniper is exciting and provides increased opportunity to our employees. We look forward to continuing work in this market and adding value to our customers.” says Jason Wingate, former CEO of Green Source. Here are a few things to consider whendetermining the most effective fertilizer for a given site application. Layout ofthe Area. Small, hard-to-navigate spaces may call forhand-spraying of liquid fertilizer, especially for crews that prefer to usemachinery in their granular applications. “We use liquid when we have to do handapplications – so those are going to be bump outs, small islands, hills,anything like that where we can’t get a machine into it,” says Dan Mausolf,general manager at Stine Turf & Snow in Durand, Michigan. For large, flat areas, Mausolf’s crews preferusing granular fertilizer whenever possible. They typically spread thefertilizer using a metered, calibrated hopper available on commercialspreaders. “It’s just faster and you can cover more area(with granular fertilizer) as opposed to liquid,” Mausolf says. Terrain is a key factor in determining the rightfertilizer, agrees Kyle Rose, business development office for The Green Team,which has offices in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia. But becauseRose’s teams typically spread granular fertilizer on foot using hand-crankspreaders worn over the chest – he prefers granular over liquid for hillyareas. “We have a lot of hills at our branch inVirginia, so it’s hard for us to use push spreaders,” Rose explains. “A lot oftimes we prefer granular because we can be more precise and get those areasdone. If you’re spraying liquid fertilizer on a hill, you’ll be slipping andsliding all over the place.” Type ofApplication Needed. In Sarasota, Florida, owner Michael Falconer’sLawngevity crews typically use granular fertilizer for new starts and at keyapplication times throughout the year in order to get “that really nice greenlawn that your customer's looking for,” he says. “It has to do with the amount of nitrogen youwant to put out,” he adds. “If you want to put a larger amount out – say, onepound of nitrogen per one thousand feet – you’re going to use granular. If youtried to use liquid at that higher rate, you’d probably get leaf burn. Liquid’snot good if you’re trying to put a heavier amount of nitrogen out.” In between seasonal granular applications,Falconer’s crews prefer liquid fertilizer as their go-to tool for more frequentmaintenance applications. The advantage of using liquid for maintenanceapplications is that it allows crews to customize applications for each client,as needed. “The big advantage is, you can pull up on a yardand if you’re going to spray it with liquid fertilizer, you can mix for whatyou see when you pull up,” Falconer says. “So if you pull up to a lawn and ithas an iron deficiency, you could add a little iron to your mix . . . or ifyour lawn has insects, you (can) put the insecticide in there. (With liquidfertilizer) you do everything in one shot.” SpreadingAccuracy. There’s also the issue of correct applicationrate. Many crews feel it’s easier to calibrate the correct application ratewhen using granular fertilizer. “In my experience, it’s easier to train peopleto put out the right amount of granular on a property as opposed to sprayingliquid, just because everybody tends to walk in a different way or spray in adifferent pattern (with liquid),” Rose says. “There are a lot more variables involved withspraying – you have to make sure your gun is calibrated properly. You have tomake sure you’ve mixed at the right rate, and that it’s being agitated properlyin your tank,” Rose adds. Windy days can also pose a problem for liquidapplications, especially if crews are using low-volume sprayers. “A gust of wind can pop up, and (with liquid)you can end up spraying fertilizer where it’s not supposed to be,” Rose says. To increase accuracy of spreading when usinggranular fertilizers, Falconer recommends using a properly calibrated professionalspreader with a side shield, which he developed, to avoid spraying fertilizerinto pools or into ditches or other waterways. For his part, Falconer said it’s possible toachieve spray consistency with liquid fertilizer, but it calls for carefulcalibration of equipment. “Every truck is calibrated for the technician,”Falconer says. Lawngevity crews do routine water “bucket tests” with theirspray equipment at headquarters to check that they’re releasing around fivegallons a minute – which “is about what a person will walk and spread over1,000 square feet,” Falconer said. EquipmentAvailability. Relying on granular as a primary fertilizer typemeans crews don’t have to wait for access to a tank truck. “You can be more versatile with granular,” Rosesays. “If you’re a smaller operation that has only three or four trucks, andnone of them have a tank, you can still send all of those trucks out withgranular products. But if you’re doing a liquid fertilizer, you can only sendone guy out if you only have one spray tank.” Timeline. Using granular fertilizer with slow release canlead to longer activation periods – meaning crews won’t have to reapplyfertilizer as frequently. The result: cost savings in crew labor time. “With granular options, we can use a materialthat might last 60 days, might last 180 days, or even up to a full growingseason here,” Mausolf says. “So there’s more options (with granular). There’smore consistent growth color, throughout the majority of the season. Youwouldn’t get that with liquid. You can’t put that much down (in a singleapplication).” Cost. In some cases, there may be a cost-savingseffect to using granular fertilizer, particularly when additives are factoredin. “Once you start mixing in potassium andphosphorous into the liquid (nitrogen-based fertilizer), it becomes really,really expensive,” Rose says. “So, it’s actually cheaper to add more potassiumand phosphorus into the granular fertilizers than it is to the liquids.” On the other hand, if you consider crew labortime, there could be a cost savings effect to choosing liquid fertilizer – dueto the fact that fertilization, weed control, and insecticide can be done inone spray application, rather than three separate steps. “When you’re all done applying granularfertilizer, then you have to blow off (sidewalks and driveway) and then (as asecond step) you’d have to pull hose and spray weeds,” Falconer says. “Whereasif you’re just doing liquid, you pull hose, and spray weeds and fertilize allin one shot. So, (using) liquid does help our costs.” Rose agrees that using liquids can mean lesswalkovers of a property. “I think you can be more flexible with liquid.You can mix fertilizer, insecticide, and weed killer in one tank and just walkthe property one time,” he says. “So, it can be a little more efficient, with aliquid, if you have multiple applications on a property.” Client Perceptions. While there are advantages and disadvantages toboth liquid and granular fertilizers, one key factor may ultimately tip thescales in the favor of granular: client perception. Many residential clients appreciate that theycan come home from work and literally see evidence that crews have been on siteand have applied granular fertilizer. When liquids are used, there’s often nosuch visual cue that the work has been done. “There’s always that customer perception – forwhatever reason – (where they fear) they might be getting cheated,” Rose says.“If they come home and see that you’ve been there and see that granularproduct, it gives them peace of mind that the crew did what they were supposedto do.” The author is a freelance writer based inKentucky. Four industry experts participated in a wide-ranging panel discussing important issues in the chemical lawn care industry including how to deal with local chemical bans and how to change the perception of the industry during Lawn & Landscape’s 2019 Virtual Conference. The panel included Harold Enger, director of education, Spring-Green Lawn Care; Bob Mann, director of state and local government relations, National Association of Landscape Professionals; Karen Reardon, VP of public affairs, Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment; and Eric Wenger, president, Complete Lawn Care. Here are some takeaways from the panel discussion: The state of chemical bans Reardon: We certainly should be uneasy about where we are. We have about 600 jurisdictions that have put bans in place that include cities and towns out of about 80,000 in the United States. But really, the core issue is the undermining of our state and federal regulatory processes and generally the trend overall in society not to trust institutions. I think we are an easy target, a low-hanging fruit, if you will. And that’s something that really should get everyone’s attention, especially professional applicators. Mann: There is a strong correlation between anti-pesticide activity and the presence of a pesticide preemption law in each one of the states. There were 45 states that have preemption language in their laws that say that only the state and the federal government can regulate pesticides. But in those states where that is not the case, like for instance, Maine with its home rule tradition, and Maryland with its similar type of tradition – that’s where the anti-pesticide activists are concentrating and working against that. Then to take the model that was used to ban pesticides in the province of Ontario, they use local momentum to effect change at the state level. In Massachusetts, when we talk about the pesticide preemption, what we’ll hear is how wonderful and things are in Maine where they’re able to regulate it from local level. The local level means that things are going to be banned. I mean, there’s really nowhere else to go after the EPA and the state regulatory agencies have done their job. That’s the only thing left is to ban the product. So that’s what we’re kind of looking at the moment. Know your representatives Wenger: The number one thing that LCOs who are concerned about these things in their jurisdictions should do is to immediately get involved with their local politics, learn who their politicians are, who the representatives are and show up – not just sending a check in to support. You can certainly send money, but you need to be a presence. You need to show that you’re a human being, that you’re a real person – a business that supports the community. You need to learn who your representatives are, and you need to try to make friends with them or at least show them that you are an important part of their constituency. I can’t emphasize it enough. It’s something we didn’t see coming here and we don’t have a lot of friends at our local political level. So do your due diligence as a local person. Learn who your political leaders are, your representatives. Meet them in person. Go to fundraisers, go to networking events and let them know that you’re a real person. Enger: I think what Bob did by inviting the EPA to come out and look at a lawn care operation to see exactly what we do was very good because a lot of these people have no idea what we do. As I often say, I think a lot of customers think that we’re in this big warehouse with the big cauldrons and we’re mixing up all these exotic chemicals. They can buy the same products at the hardware store that we use. So maybe invite your county person or whoever to come out and spend a day with you, looking at lawns, seeing how you run your operation, seeing how that, yeah, we don’t overuse these products. We use proper protective equipment when we’re applying these things so they understand how we do things. To view the full story, and more from the virtual conference, click here . Three new Cat SMARTattachments, the Dozer Blade, Grader Blade and Backhoe, are designed to addsignificant versatility to a range of D3 Series Cat Skid Steer Loaders, CompactTrack Loaders and Multi Terrain Loaders. The control systems for the newattachments allow easily adapting the machine’s standard controls to match therecognized SMART Attachments’ control needs. The SMART Dozer Blade attachment The SMART Dozer Blade attachment—available for Cat 279D3, 289D3,299D3 and 299D3 XE series Compact Track Loaders—are designed for cutting, movingand grading virtually any material used as a base. The blade features a curvedmoldboard to keep material rolling and a trapezoid design with angled end bitsthat allow flush-cutting against vertical surfaces when the blade is fullytilted. The D3 Series host machine recognizes the attachment and unlocksspecial display screens that allow the operator to select how the blade iscontrolled. Selecting the attachment-control mode changes the standardjoystick functions and allows the left joystick to continue to control travel,while the right joystick now operates blade functions—tilt (moving the joystickside-to-side), lift (moving the joystick fore and aft), and angle (rotating thethumb wheel forward or rearward). In addition, the operator can select either a“lift” mode or a “tilt” mode to change which cylinders (lift-arm or bucket)control major blade functions, adapting the machine to be more proficient ateither rough grading or fine grading. The ASSIST feature enhances operator proficiency to achievesmoother grades with fewer passes by coordinating machine and blade movement toattain flat surfaces, allowing the operator to concentrate on building orcutting material to achieve the desired grade. With the ASSIST feature enabled, additional functionsare activated with regard to blade slope. A memory function allows the operatorto select a blade slope and to recall that setting at the touch of a joystickbutton. A double press on the memory button will mirror the memorized bladeslope on the other side. Also, pressing a button on the left joystick returnsthe blade slope to zero when the machine is on a level surface SMART Grader Blade attachment with ASSIST The new Cat GB120 and GB124 SMART Grader Blade attachments areavailable for Cat D3- Series Skid Steer Loaders and Compact Track Loaders. Aswith the SMART Dozer Blade attachment, the D3 host machine recognizes thegrader blade and unlocks special display screens that provide options forattachment control, allowing the joysticks to be repurposed to performattachment functions. Selecting the attachment-control mode allows the rightjoystick to operate blade functions— tilt (moving the joystick side-to-side),angle (rotating the thumb wheel forward or rearward) and lift (moving thejoystick fore and aft). In the advanced display, the home screen shows thecross-slope of the blade, as well as the blade angle. The ASSIST feature allows selecting either the Cross Slope Rightpattern or Cross Slope Left pattern and maintains the cross-slope setting,independent of the machine’s operating angle. If the Cross Slope Right patternis selected, the forward/backward movement of the right joystick controls theright side of the blade by raising and lowering the attachment’s right liftcylinder. The machine/attachment will control the left side of the blade tomaintain the desired cross-slope, allowing the operator to focus on the rightside of the blade. Cross Slope Left pattern reverses this setting. Also, as the blade is angled and geometry changes, the attachmentcalculates and maintains the cross-slope setting. It even maintains the desiredcross-slope angle when you rotate the blade to windrow the material. Thespecial display screens of the SMART Grader Blade provides the operator withfeedback about the orientation of the attachment, displaying blade slope, aswell as blade angle. Standard blade width is 78 inches (1 990 mm) for model GB120 and96 inches (2 440 mm) for GB124. With optional wings extended, width is,respectively, 85 inches (2 150 mm) and 103 inches (2 605 mm). Blade tilt forboth models is 15 degrees, blade lift is 6 inches (150 mm), and maximum cutdepth is 4 inches (100 mm). Independent caster wheels rotate 360 degrees andprovide support for forward and reverse grading. SMART Backhoe attachment The new Cat BH130 SMART Backhoe Attachment is designedfor Cat D3 Series Skid Steer Loaders, Compact Track Loaders, and Multi TerrainLoaders. The new attachment increases the versatility of these small machines,allowing them to take on a range of tasks, including utility trenching, diggingfootings and forming and maintaining drainage ditches. In addition, the backhoeis compatible with Cat 3-ton excavator attachments, and its auxiliary-hydraulicsystem allows pairing with hydro-mechanical work tools, including hammers,thumbs, augers and vibratory compactors. The backhoe also hydraulically shiftsside-to-side to allow digging adjacent to buildings and footers, and integratedstabilizers provide a solid digging platform. The backhoe features integrated electro-hydraulic controls, whichare operated using the host machine’s joysticks, eliminating the need to removethe door and allowing the operator to work from the safety and comfort of thecab. Attachment control mode allows existing joysticks to be used for boom,stick, bucket and swing functions. The host machine recognizes the BH130 whenthe backhoe is attached, and when the operator is ready to use the backhoe, pullingthe trigger on the right joystick places the system in its dig mode. Maximum digging depth with the BH130 is 9.75 feet (2 970 mm) andreach at ground level from the swing pivot pin is 13.25 feet (4 040 mm).Stabilizer spread in the working position is 71 inches (1815 mm), and totalside-shift travel is 33 inches (825 mm). Operating weight of the backhoe is2,325 pounds (1 055 kg) Lawn & Landscape collected data from our third survey from April 11-14 (about 800 respondents). Below are how the numbers compare from our first survey on March 20-23 (about 1,300 respondents) and second survey from March 28-31 (about 800 respondents). Overall, changes from the second survey to the third have not been too drastic, which is a positive sign, but the numbers still show the overall industry has taken a hit. Comments left by respondents also show a wide range of expectations and effects. A few have said they may have to close shop and a similar amount have added customers. A majority said they can withstand a short-term reduction of revenue, but are waiting to see how long shutdowns last before assessing the full effects of COVID-19. S1 = Survey 1
Green Source Landscape & Sports Turf Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When was Green Source Landscape & Sports Turf founded?
Green Source Landscape & Sports Turf was founded in 2002.
Where is Green Source Landscape & Sports Turf's headquarters?
Green Source Landscape & Sports Turf's headquarters is located at Fort Lauderdale.
What is Green Source Landscape & Sports Turf's latest funding round?
Green Source Landscape & Sports Turf's latest funding round is Acquired.
Who are the investors of Green Source Landscape & Sports Turf?
Investors of Green Source Landscape & Sports Turf include Juniper.