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Lawn Care Businesses Face Wooly Competition

Chattanooga, Tennessee is one of many southern cities fighting a continuous struggle against the invasive vine Kudzu. Kudzu was brought to the southeast in the 1800’s from China as an erosion control mechanism. Kudzu almost worked too well as the weed continues to grow and engulf landscapes.

Since kudzu was planted to control erosion, it was planted mainly on rocky slopes that cannot be cut with conventional lawn mowers. Chattanooga, and other cities, have experimented with goats for a number of years. Goats are released into the kudzu and nibble away at the vine to control its growth.

Goats do such a thorough job tending to invasive vines, they are being employed in other areas where conventional lawn mowing is problematic.

According to a USA Today report, a vineyard in California has begun using goats where lawn mowers have difficulty mowing grass or where chemicals may seep into local water supplies.

While use of goats and sheep often costs less or the same as conventional mowing and chemical weed control, San Jose, California is willing to spend up to 45% more money to have a natural form of weed control than using chemicals and gasoline powered lawn equipment. They are willing to pay extra solely for the ecological advantage.

Readers of this lawn care blog often read our reports of the coming movement toward much more ecologically minded customers. If you haven’t believed it before, willingness to pay 45% more for lawn care (in San Jose’s case) should convince you to introduce ecological strategies into your lawn care business.

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Atlantic Hurricane Names for 2009

Most lawn care business owners keep a keen eye on the weather.  It behooves us all to know a minimum of a five day forecast.  Knowing the upcoming weather helps with scheduled mowing and landscape jobs.  It also allows better planting and fertilizing schedules.

If you are keen on the weather, you may also be interested in the Atlantic hurricane season.  A huge swath of our country is affected each year by hurricanes and their related weather systems.

We think a neat marketing idea for 2009 would be to develop advertising campaigns around 2009’s Hurricanes’ names.  We’ll list the names below so you can get a jump start coming up with ideas.

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Now, onto the Hurricane Names for 2009
Ana
Bill
Claudette
Danny
Erika
Fred
Grace
Henri
Ida
Joaquin
Kate
Larry
Mindy
Nicholas
Odette
Peter
Rose
Sam
Teresa
Victor
Wanda

Good luck with your lawn care business.  Let us know of your marketing campaigns around Hurricane names.