Friday, February 25, 2011

Snowy Grass

Peculiar snow storm today.
Less than an inch when I crept out @ 6 am for the paper.
But by 830 am it had snowed quite a bit. Almost 3 inches had blown in front of the garage door.

The roads were treacherous. The snow was falling "rapido". Stoney Creek Rd was icy patch
At the top of the road, a car spun out in front of us and slid into the ditch. Stopped to see if the occupants were all right. Met Michelle and Grace. Waited for the tow truck.

The roads were very slushy and slippery. Hard to get any traction.

Yet at 4 pm, after a sunny afternoon, the roads were relatively clear.

These tufts of grass in the white remind us that spring is just around the corner.

Lawn Care time soon.
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Turf King Staff Stay Informed on Lawn Care Topics

Turf King Staff Stay Informed on Lawn Care Topics

Four members of Turf King - Hamilton staff recently attended the 2011 Ontario Turfgrass Symposium at the Unlversity of Guelph. Their attendance is part of the firm’s continuing commitment to excellence and education of its lawn care technicians. These seminars are structured to provide information and updates of interest to lawn care professionals as well as golf course and sports field professionals.

The Ontario Turfgrass Symposium is a premier education symposium developed exclusively for the Turfgrass Industry. This professional development program is presented by the Guelph Turfgrass Institute, Nursery Sod Growers Association of Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association, Professional Lawn Care Association of Ontario, Sports Turf Association, Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation and the Office of Open Learning, University of Guelph.

Some of the speakers included Dr. François Hébert, University of Guelph, Pam Charbonneau, OMAFRA, and Dr. Ken Carey, Guelph Turfgrass Institute.

The Seminar topics included such things as:
  • Using corn gluten based products for weed control in turf
  • Fiesta™ and Organosol® for broad-leaf weed control
  • Alternative Strategies to Growing Turfgrass without conventional herbicides
  • Alternative pest management
  • Turf seeds vs. weed seeds: The ultimate competition for space and nutrients

The firm's owner, Gerry Okimi, encourages the Turf King Hamilton’s lawn technicians to stay abreast of current practices and emerging technologies. By being aware of the lawn industry, "our technicians are better prepared and well informed. They can provide better service and helpful information to our valued lawn customers."

About Turf King Hamilton

Turf King Hamilton has been in the lawn business since 1991. It was started by Gerry Okimi who has a degree in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Guelph.

Turf King Hamilton is a premier lawn care provider serving the residential and commercial markets in Hamilton, Halton and Haldimand. Turf King Hamilton embraces the use of high quality fertilization products to provide long lasting nutrients to the lawns of their clients. Every effort is made to use products and practices that keep lawns healthy and to also keep them safe for pets and children.

An industry pioneer since 1962, Turf King Hamilton has grown into a brand that ensures that its clients are well looked after by the King of Green. Our goal is to provide the best Lawn Care in this area and to continue our commitment to serving our customers with a level of service that is unmatched. For more information or to request a lawn evaluation, please visit

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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Groupon Merchant Store

You may have noticed some full page ads in the Hamilton Spectator for WagJag deal of the day. I have too and started to investigate. 
Here's what I found out. First there are a number of companies/promoters that do the same sort of thing. (There's a link at the bottom if you like to keep on top of the latest deals.) Some are new, not all are up and running fully in Hamilton. Wagjag is run by the Metroland newspaper chain.
Many of the deals are for restaurants. It's great for restaurants. Fo one thing a restaurant has a lot of potential future business with any one customer or family. So they practically give you something for nothing. But if you like the food, the service, etc, the eating establishment has a huge potential for more business. Until you are eating there 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, you haven't reached your full potential at that one place. Plus there even may be the other 2 meals for the day.
With Lawn Care, though, it's a bit different. Once you've signed up with Turf King or one of our competitors, you are essentially not in the market again until next year. Okay, you may move or maybe you want to give it as a gift to your parents or your son or daughter, but that's not too common.
Now Wagjag and the others take a hefty commission of up to 50% of the price that the consumer pays for the voucher. So if that voucher cost $10 for $20 worth of food, the restaurant is only getting $5 for giving you $20 worth of food. 
I found that Groupon has a special Merchant Store where the commissions are lower, but the Merchant has to do the promoting of the coupon themselves. 

At first, you could put a special coupon at your Merchant Store.
Then a couple weeks ago, they called to say that we can't run deals until we have 25 followers.
We are up to 7 followers. 

So Sign up as a Groupon Follower. 
Not a "groupie". Groupon is supposed to be a Group Coupon

Go to our Groupon Merchant Store - Turf King Hamilton Groupon Merchant Store
Follow us at Groupon, we need 25 Groupon followers to run another special.