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Leadership Series: Visionary

This is the second of a six part series on leadership by Geoff Van Berkel from Calvin College and Eco Green Supply. Read the Intro here and stay tuned every Friday for more. Visionary I have a large family. 8 kids- no joke. 5 of my 8 kids were not born into our family. They were brought in through adoption from a third world country in...

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Spring Tree Series with Mike Herrema: Tree Economics

This article is the second in a spring series on tree care. You can find the introduction interview with Mike here. Tree Economics The Challenge In the ISA catalog of Arborists, since I work for an educational institution, I’m listed as a private not for hire Arborist. Several times over the last couple of years, random property managers have called me to ask for a second...

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7 Things Disney World Does Really Well: And You Can Too

My wife and I took the kids to Disney World last month. I didn’t expect this, but part of the fun of being there for me was enjoying the highly manicured lawns and landscape, the clean facilities, and observing the infrastructure. As a Facility Manager, I notice these things (I can’t help it) and seeing it done at such a high level is enjoyable to me....

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Resource of the Week: Midwest Groundcovers Midwest Solutions

The Problem Most of us are not landscape designers or architects, but are asked to provide micro-design solutions to our landscape. Maybe a perennial bed needs to be refreshed, or a small project has changed existing beds enough that a new design is required. Not enough work to justify hiring an LA, but (if you were honest with yourself) enough to completely overwhelm you. I’ve inherited...

Leadership

Leadership Series: Introduction

This six-part series begins the single most important conversation we can have on The Campus Green and within our own institutions: Leadership. I can think of no better individual to begin this conversation than Geoff Van Berkel. Geoff’s passion and drive are only overshadowed by his thoughtfulness towards his work and others. Hold on to your seats and check back in every Friday because this series...

Mike Herrema

Interview With a Groundskeeper: Mike Herrema

Interview With a Groundskeeper: Mike Herrema Today’s interview is especially enjoyable for me. Mike is one of my all-time favorite people. We first met spreading mulch together on the Calvin College campus when he was a student. A few years later he applies for a full-time job in Illinois where I was running my first grounds shop. Probably my best hire to date. Mike’s an all-around...

Resource of the Week: Growing Degree Day (GDD) Tracker

Growing Degree Day Tracker at www.gddtracker.net If you live in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, or Ohio, this tool is essential. Developed by the good people at Michigan State University and further supported by the Turf Foundations of surrounding states, it is completely free to use. The Growing Degree Day (GDD) Tracker monitors and displays GDD information by specific geographical area, allowing you to more accurately time your product...

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In Praise of the Drop Spreader

A Common Problem This has to be one of the most perplexing equipment conversations I continually have with groundskeepers. It usually goes something like this: Me: “How are you applying deicing material to your walks?” Groundskeeper: “The rotary spreader here attached to the back of this fancy utility vehicle.” Me: “Doesn’t that have a spread pattern much wider than your sidewalk?” Groundskeeper: “Yeah, a lot wider!...

9 Common Tree Planting Mistakes

There are few things as satisfying as planting a tree.  Every time I make the trip back to Chicago I visit the site where I first hosted an Arbor Day celebration.  We planted a Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera).  It was a personal choice, remembering the big Tulip Tree at the end of our sidewalk as a kid.  The tree we planted on Arbor Day many years...

Seven Reasons You Need to Complete a Staffing Level Study in 2017

A few months into a new job I was called into a meeting with my boss, the university architect, and the landscape architect for the new science building going up on campus.  They showed me an incredibly ambitious landscaping plan with 10,000 square feet of native plantings in six different zones, each coordinated with expected sun/shade and soil moisture levels.  Each zone had a dozen or...