Field Report – December 2008

Aloha Landscaping named 2009 Landscaper of the Year
Total Landscape Care has named Roger Grothe and Aloha Landscaping in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, the magazine’s 2009 Landscaper of the Year.

Sponsored by Case Construction Equipment, this annual program recognizes 12 finalists as the best and brightest in the landscaping industry. On November 14-17, the finalists and their guests enjoyed an all-expenses-paid cruise to the Bahamas, where Aloha Landscaping was named the winner during a gala banquet.

Aloha Landscaping received a plaque and will be featured on the cover of and in the January 2009 edition of Total Landscape Care. Each of the 11 finalists will be featured in a story about their business in the magazine during 2009.

Nominations for the 2010 Landscaper of the Year program will be accepted starting in March 2009. Visit for updated information.
~ Christina Jesson Schave

LOY finalists are:

Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson Landscaping
Andover, Minnesota

Robert Bangs
Windswept Gardens
Bangor, Maine

Brian Cuccaro
New Castle Lawn and Landscape
Mohnton, Pennsylvania

Andrew and Kathleen Dangelo
The Ohio Valley Group
Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Sid Grant
Grant Garden Group
Gainesville, Georgia

Roger Grothe
Aloha Landscaping
Mendota Heights, Minnesota

Mark & Kay Halla,
The Mustard Seed Landscaping and Garden Center
Chaska, Minnesota

Brian Lemmermann
Somerset Landscape Maintenance
Chandler, Arizona

Jeremy L. McSorley
Greener Landscaping
Lowell, Massachusetts

Jerry Merrill, Merrill
Quality Landscapes
Rexburg, Idaho

David J. Nelson
Land Expressions
Mead, Washington

Todd Reinhart and Chad Reinhart
Reinhart Grounds Maintenance
Bloomington, Illinois

Kenworth delivers hybrid truck for use at Winter Games

Kenworth Truck Company delivered a new T370 diesel-electric hybrid truck for use in the Quebec Winter Games 2009. Kenworth offers the hybrid option on its T270 Class 6 and T370 Class 7 conventional models. The hybrid system, which can switch among electric only, combined diesel and electric, and diesel only, is monitored through a dash display. The Quebec Winter Games 2009 will be February 27 through March 7.

Rain Bird Academy announces 2008-09 training season
Rain Bird Academy will offer 28 event locations for irrigation professionals to choose from during its 2008-09 irrigation training season. Two types of training camps are offered, the Professional Irrigation Training Camps and the Regional Training Camps. Professionals can earn a Continuing Education Credit (CEU) from the Irrigation Association for each hour of class they attend. Visit or call (800) 498-1942.

Scag Power Equipment names Distributor of the Year
Scag Power Equipment named KPM Exceptional, in Kenvil, New Jersey, Scag Distributor of the Year for 2008. The award is presented to the Scag distributor who demonstrates outstanding sales performance and consistently provides excellent support for Scag products, dealers and end users.

Southern Gardening Symposium to be held at Callaway Gardens
The 23rd annual Southern Gardening Symposium will be January 16-18 at Callaway Gardens, in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Some of the topics include sustainable gardening, tips on roses, insect tolerant/disease resistant plants, non-traditional fruits for the South, perennials and annuals from the University of Georgia’s trials, applying color theory to a garden, and tips on entertaining in the garden. Pre-register for the conference by January 9. Call (800) 225-5292 or e-mail [email protected].

The Attachments Idea Book
Landscapers use a variety of attachments for doing everything from snow removal to jobsite cleanup, and regardless of how often they are used, every landscaper has a favorite attachment.
Attachments Idea Book Cover