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Spring Tree Series with Mike Herrema: Tree Selection

Tree Selection I was driving around my campus the last few days and I was surprised how well it looked. Cornerstone lends itself really well to spring, and for my part it doesn’t take a whole lot of actual work being done in the spring. Probably the biggest reason why the campus looks well is the abundance of flowering trees. There are Bradford pears, dogwoods, varieties...

Resource of the Week: Strategic Planning by Ebener and Smith

Strategic Planning Our primary source material while working through the first handful of steps in the Strategic Planning process is, Strategic Planning: An Interactive Process for Leaders by Ebener and Smith. I love this book for its simplicity and depth, and its focus on incorporating a wide range of voices throughout the process. Strategic Planning will help you walk through the important first-steps of the Chief Grounds Officer...

Challenge of the Week: Write a Mission Statement

Mission Statement In a previous Weekly Challenge, I encouraged you to gather all of your institution’s strategic documents. These could be mission and vision statements, strategic goals, master plans, white papers, letters from the board or directors, or anything else that may help you begin to articulate a strategic plan for your department or shop. Refer back to these documents regularly to keep your work aligned...

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Leadership Series: Praiser

This is the last of a six part series on leadership by Geoff Van Berkel from Calvin College and Eco Green Supply. Read the previous installments below: Introduction Visionary Accountability Empathetic Listener Motivator Praiser One of my previous supervisors had a great tradition. On the morning of Graduation Day (the busiest and most high profile day of the year on our campus), once everything was set...

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Spring Tree Series With Mike Herrema: Cabling

Introduction This is the sixth part of the Spring Tree Series with Mike Herrema from Cornerstone University. Previous articles in this series: Interview With a Groundskeeper: Mike Herrema Tree Economics Tree Nurseries Tree GIS Sharing The Joy of Pruning Cabling Last week I had a chance to have a tree cabled. Cabling is not a service I have completed much, if at all. In the end,...

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Leadership Series: Motivator

This is the fifth of a six part series on leadership by Geoff Van Berkel from Calvin College and Eco Green Supply. Read the previous installments listed below and stay tuned every Friday for more. Introduction Visionary Accountability Empathetic Listener Motivator I am writing on motivation as I sit in my truck watching my 13-year-old son’s first Little League practice of the season. It is, of...

Spring Tree Series: Sharing the Joy of Pruning

Introduction This is the fifth part of the Spring Tree Series with Mike Herrema from Cornerstone University. Previous articles in this series: Interview With a Groundskeeper: Mike Herrema Tree Economics Tree Nurseries Tree GIS The Joy of Pruning One of the tasks that I really enjoy is pruning trees. I believe it really fits my work style. I love it because I can drink coffee and...

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How To Calibrate Your Sprayer: Handheld or Spot Application

Calibrating Your Sprayer for Spot Application If you’ve been following your GDD Tracker, or watching the Forsythia and other plants flower and begin to leaf out, you know that for much of the Midwest it’s time to put away the preventative crabgrass treatments and move towards post-emergent broad-leaf control. Most of you will be utilizing some sort of small-volume, single-nozzle sprayer throughout the growing season to...

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Resource of the Week: Grub Control From MSU

Grub Control Terry Davis from Michigan State University studies grubs for a living. I’ve dug in the dirt with him looking for the little white larvae. He gets real excited when he finds them. I’ve never shared his enthusiasm. What I took away from my grub-digging sessions at MSU was a surprise at how prolific grubs could be, how much damage they could do, and shock...

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Challenge of the Week: Become a Chief Grounds Officer (CGO)

Chief Grounds Officer: The CGO The Chief Grounds Officer? Yes, I made that up. It doesn’t exist. But in a little bit I’ll challenge you to act like it does. Your institution may have a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), a Chief Financial Officer (CFO), or a Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the senior management level. These titles are fairly common, while others such as Chief Technology...

Leadership Series: Empathetic Listener

This is the fourth of a six part series on leadership by Geoff Van Berkel from Calvin College and Eco Green Supply. Read the previous installments listed below and stay tuned every Friday for more. Introduction Visionary Accountability Empathetic Listener I am convinced that for the most part people want to be known. Our society makes that a challenge. Texts, Facebook, email, and other non-personal ways...

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Spring Tree Series with Mike Herrema: Tree GIS

Introduction This is the fourth part of the Spring Tree Series with Mike Herrema from Cornerstone University. Previous articles in this series: Interview With a Groundskeeper: Mike Herrema Tree Economics Tree Nurseries Tree GIS Earlier this week I had a meeting about where to place surveying monuments. These points will have known data about location and elevation and will help the university with any future building...

Campus Tour: Malone University

Malone University I had the privileged to tour Malone University today in Canton, Ohio. Although I was there for another meeting, I was able to connect with Russ Thorn, the Service and Grounds Manager, who was gracious enough to give me a tour of campus. Situated on a hundred acres on the south side of highway 62 on the north end of Canton, Malone is the...

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Resource of the Week: Joy At Work by Dennis Bakke

Joy At Work If you desire to empower your team to thrive and find joy in their work and have not yet read Dennis Bakke’s classic, Joy At Work: A Revolutionary Approach to Fun on the Job, add it to the top of your reading list. This book will transform the way you look at work and, if you lead others, the way you engage your...

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Leadership Series: Accountability

This is the third of a six part series on leadership by Geoff Van Berkel from Calvin College and Eco Green Supply. Read the previous installments listed below and stay tuned every Friday for more. Introduction Visionary Accountability Truthfully- how many of us like to be held accountable, in life or at work? For many years now I have involved myself in accountability relationships with other...

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Spring Tree Series with Mike Herrema: Tree Nurseries

Introduction This is the third part of the Spring Tree Series with Mike Herrema from Cornerstone University. Previous articles in this series: Interview With a Groundskeeper: Mike Herrema Spring Tree Series with Mike Herrema: Tree Economics Tree Nurseries I believe there comes a time for almost every groundskeeper when they think that their institution should have a nursery. It seems natural and exciting. It’s obvious that...

Calibrating a Spreader

How To Calibrate Your Spreader

Calibrate Your Spreader Introduction The following is meant to serve as a simple, yet accurate approach for the use of material spreaders in general turf and landscape applications. This is written for the groundskeeper who needs to apply product properly without spending excessive time becoming laser-focused on the details. More scientific (and a little more accurate) approaches can be found in the resources at the end...

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Resource of the Week: Each Other, Your Most Powerful Resource

Your Most Powerful Resource I hate networking events. A room full of strangers, everyone expected to produce business cards for each other, everyone fishing for that contact that could serve their own needs, everyone trying desperately to avoid the chatty salesman. Yet some of my most enriching relationships have come through my work; working directly with people, meeting people at industry events, or making connections naturally....

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Where’s Spring? Photo Challenge

Few things are as exciting as the coming of spring. This week, share a photograph of the coming of spring on The Campus Green’s Instagram Page (#wheresspringphotochallenge) or on The Campus Green’s Facebook Page. Perhaps some spring bulbs are pushing through the ground, leaves are budding on bushes, your greenhouse is filling up, or your equipment is preparing for warmer weather. Let’s see it. This Saturday I will...