Page 1

May/June 2015

Volume 39, Number 3

PGMS is California Dreamin’! PGMS will be spending time this summer in the beautiful central valley of northern California and we want you to join us! For the PGMS School of Grounds Management Summer Conference “Water Conservation for Landscapes & Sports Fields” we are heading to Sacramento, Calif., Aug. 3-5! Attendees will be treated to an exclusive campus tour of UC Davis, a 4-star Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation campus, a visit to Raley Field, home of the Sacramento River Cats, and also a tour of Maple Rock Garden & Farm and High Hand Nursery. Make this a mini vacation! On Wednesday, take advantage of being in this beautiful area with loads of fun things to do. Plan a trip to Napa Valley wineries or visit the Redwood Forest! Registration and details can be found at Like us on Facebook at Link up with us at Watch us on YouTube at

John Burns, CGM President’s Welcome

The Forum Newsletter is published six times a year by the Professional Grounds Management Society 720 Light Street Baltimore, MD 21230 410-223-2861 / Fax 410-752-8295 E-mail: Board of Directors: President John Burns, CGM President-Elect John Doiron Vice Pres. Marion Bolick, CGM Treasurer Gerald M. Landby Past President Walter Bonvell, CGM Directors Cary Avery, CGM Diana Bramble Bruce L. De Vrou, CGM Gerry Dobbs, CGM Ted Heywood, CGM Joe Kovolyan Jeff McManus, CGM Joe Payne, CGM Susanne Woodell, CGM Supplier Member Rep Paula Sliefert Staff Thomas C. Shaner Executive Director Stephanie Dodd Associate Director Monica Shaner Financial Manager Molly Baldwin-Abbott Director of Communications Meghan Brady Assistant Director of Communications Opinions expressed in PGMS Forum are the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily express the opinions or policies of the PGMS Board and its membership. No part of this newsletter may be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission.


Warm Weather is Here to Stay!

Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner! I know there have been some late blasts of cold weather in some parts of the country, but we are well into spring for the most part. I saw a funny sign the other day and thought I would share it with you. (See photo to the right.) We will be doing more of this as the summer heats up! It’s been a quick six months since I became president. A lot of great things are happening. We currently have over 830 members. We need to all reach out to others in the industry to let them know about PGMS and the benefits of being an active member. The Georgia Branch is active again! I would like to thank Susanne Woodell, CGM, Brandon Haley, CGM and Anthony Williams, CGM for stepping up and leading the effort to get the Georgia Branch back in gear. We currently have eleven active branches and are always looking for new areas to start a branch. Branches provide a great avenue for networking on a local basis. PGMS was represented at the National Association of Landscape Professionals Student Career Day by Susanne, Horace Blue and Dallas Bretzman. I want to thank each of them for the time they put into this effort. The event was successful in collecting over 140 names of students to contact. We will be following up and contacting these students in the next few weeks and hopefully some will become student members of PGMS. I also want to thank David Davis, CGM for successfully implementing the clean up of Odd Fellows Cemetery in Winston-Salem, N.C. for the second year in a row! The Landscape Management and Operations Accreditations program is also making great progress. Joe Jackson, CGM has presented the program at several conferences as well. I was privileged to attend one of his presentations and I also was able to promote the program. We currently have five accredited campuses with the University of California Davis and Western Michigan University both receiving the highest accreditation of four stars. Speaking of UC Davis, don’t delay in signing up for the PGMS School of Grounds Management Summer Conference “Water Conservation for Landscapes & Sports Fields” held Aug. 3-5 in Sacramento, Calif. There is a great line up of speakers and places to visit! It will be a great time of learning and networking with other green industry professionals. As I’m sure you have heard, California is in severe drought conditions and has been for several years. I am very familiar with the situation because we have been experiencing drought in Texas for several years. We will be hearing from several speakers who will be focusing on water conservation and sustainable practices. We should all be practicing sustainable water conservation and should be leaders in our industry and do the right thing! California is a beautiful place to vacation. Why not bring the family and extend your time to include some vacation while on the West Coast? Register before it’s too late and I’ll see you in California in August!

John Burns, CGM PGMS President


PGMS will be spending time this summer in the beautiful central valley of northern California and we want you to join us! For the PGMS School of Grounds Management Summer Conference “Water Conservation for Landscapes & Sports Fields” we are heading to Sacramento, Calif., Aug. 3-5. Planned for attendees are exclusive site tours, invigorating educational sessions and entertaining networking events! 3:45 p.m. – Key Note Speaker – Ahmed Hassan, Celebrity SCHEDULE: Landscaper & TV Host of DIY’s Yard Crashers, Blog Cabin, Turf War and Owner of Ahmad Hassan Landscape Services Network Monday, Aug. 3 7:15 a.m. – Check in UC Davis Conference center (Coffee/Pastries available) 7:45 a.m. –Welcome – Cary Avery, CGM

5 p.m. – Cool off with a beer and friends at the Hyatt Place Hotel

Tuesday, Aug. 4

7:45 am – Coffee Welcome (Hyatt) 8 a.m. – “Landscape History and Landscape Design for a Sustainable 8 a.m. – Board Bus for Raley Field, home of the Sacramento River Future” – Skip Mezger and Christina Reyes, sr. landscape architects, Cats (San Francisco Giants AAA team) – Tour the stadium and spend UC Davis time on the field with Chris Shastid, head groundskeeper 9 a.m. – “Using Technology to Conserve Water” – Michael Smith, 10 a.m. – Board Bus for Maple Rock Garden & Farm Rain Master 10:30 a.m. – Tour of Maple Rock Garden & Farm, One of the best 9:45 a.m. – Morning Break (Coffee & pastries with Sponsors) private gardens in Northern California 10 a.m. – “Accrediting Your Campus with Water In Mind” – Joseph Noon – Board Bus to Loomis Jackson, CGM, facilitator, PGMS Landscape Management & Operations Accreditation 12:15 p.m. – Lunch at High Hand Nursery, Loomis, Calif. – Talk with Scott Paris, owner of Maple Rock Garden & High Hand 10:30 a.m. – Campus Tours and Robert Mondavi Institute Winery/ Nursery (Sponsored by Rain Master Control Systems) Vineyard 2:15 p.m. – Board Bus to Return to UC Davis Noon – Lunch with our Vendors (Sponsored by Turf Star, a Toro distributor) 3 p.m. – Campus Tour and UC Davis Arboretum Nursery Talk “Drought Tolerant Plants for Northern CA” – Taylor Lewis, UC 1:30 p.m. – “Conserving Water and Energy in Your landscape A Davis Arboretum All Stars Holistic Approach” - Don Franklin, specification manager, Hunter Industries 4:30 p.m. – Wrap Up 2:15 p.m. – “Managing and Maintaining your Campus Assets (Trees)” – Melanie Gentles, arborist, UC Davis 3 p.m. – Break with our Sponsors 3:15 p.m. – “Keeping Your Maintenance Budget On Tract” – Gerry Dobbs, CGM, Rancho Cordova Parks District

Wednesday, Aug. 5

Free day to explore the beautiful area! We suggest visiting the Napa Valley wineries or take a trip to the Redwood Forest.

Visit to sign yourself up today!


Best Practices & Implementation Guidelines for Irrigation System Design, Installation & Management Water is an issue all grounds professionals must deal with no matter where in the country you are located. PGMS is working closely with the Irrigation Association (IA) to shed light on the water issues professionals in the green industry face. With that, PGMS wants to introduce you to Smart Irrigation Month! Taking place in July, Smart Irrigation Month is an Irrigation Association initiative to increase awareness of the value of water use… and grow demand for water-saving products, practices and services. Over the next couple of weeks, PGMS will be providing its members with materials to customize and use to promote Smart Irrigation and to educate yourself and others on this important topic. In the meantime, please see below an article focusing on best management practices that was printed last March. In late March, the Irrigation Association and the American Society of Irrigation Consultants released a new version of their Landscape Irrigation Best Management Practices. The update reflects sound engineering practices, emerging technologies and recommended techniques for efficient water use. The updated guidelines incorporate feedback from irrigation designers, consultants, contractors and water managers to ensure the BMPs remain relevant in today’s market. Highlights include: • Three BMPs for landscape irrigation: -Design the irrigation system to efficiently use water resources. -Install the irrigation system to meet the design criteria. -Manage landscape water resources to maintain a healthy and functional landscape. • Practice guidelines for effective implementation and adapting the BMPs to local conditions. • Recommendations for evaluating potential irrigation water resources, including non-potable sources. • Appendices with information on system inspection and commissioning, irrigation scheduling, and water budgeting. “We’ve included more discussion about considering all potential water resources that could be used for irrigation as an alternative to using potable water sources,” said IA Industry Development Director Brent Mecham, CID, CLWM, CIC, CAIS. “We’ve also put greater emphasis on the important role water managers play in ensuring that systems are well maintained and that water resources are used efficiently.”


The guidelines are directed primarily toward system owners, irrigation consultants, irrigation designers, contractors, water managers and irrigation system maintenance personnel. The revised BMPs also support IA’s strategic focus on legitimizing the irrigation industry with the public and policymakers through widespread application of best management practices, standards and codes. Since the Landscape Irrigation BMPs were first published in 2002, they have been adopted by many landscape organizations, government agencies and water purveyors. The updated BMPs: • Allow irrigation professionals to adopt accepted practices to minimize water use and waste in managed landscapes. • Serve as a credible resource for policy- and decision-makers who are developing and implementing standards and codes related to landscape irrigation. The updated document is available here: uploadedFiles/Standards/BMPDesign-Install-Manage.3-1814%282%29.pdf. Reprinted with permission from the Irrigation Association.


Celsius® controls a broad spectrum of weeds. Follow us on Twitter @BayerLawn

For more information, visit

Bayer CropScience LP, Environmental Science Division, 2 TW Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. 1-800-331-2867. Bayer, the Bayer Cross, and Celsius are registered trademarks of Bayer. Not all products are registered in all states. Always read and follow label directions. ©2015 Bayer CropScience LP.

© 2015 Husqvarna AB. All rights reserved.


A machine built to handle the most complex lawns while giving you simple comfort. That’s what the Husqvarna Zero-Turn is all about. With the ability to turn on its own axis, the rugged chassis and ergonomic controls vibration-isolated platform, it’s easy to see how Husqvarna delivers optimal maneuverability and comfort, day in and day out. For more information visit


Member Profile: By: John Doiron

Bob Buckley

John: What was your career before being involved with EarthPlanter? Bob: I actually come from corporate America. I was the Vice President of Marketing for Honeywell and Time Warner Cable. But more seriously I discovered EarthPlanter through a friend of mine, used them for a summer and the rest was history. I’m passionate about the product. We launched the line in late summer of 2012 with one model (the small rolled rim,) with hope and many prayers. John: How long have you been a partner member of PGMS? Bob: EarthPlanter joined PGMS in late 2012. That was a big investment for us at the time, but it was a great decision and a turning point for the business. I have to give credit to my friend Dan Schied, CGM at the University of Rochester. I didn’t know Dan prior to this, but he took a chance on us. He was our first customer and he introduced me to PGMS. I am forever grateful. John: What do you think of PGMS and its members? Bob: Where do I begin? PGMS is everything an organization should be - collaborative, inclusive, passionate with a focus on important short and long term challenges facing real people in real jobs. It’s the people that make all the difference - of course Dan, my friend Walt Bonvell, CGM who we are praying for every day, Ted Heywood, CGM, Rob Eichenauer, Hugh

Weldon, John Fik, Ed Harman, Jimmy Viars, CGM, John van Etten, CGM and you too John…just too many to mention! These were all people, who early on, supported us and it’s why we’re here today. The group also likes a good happy hour so that’s right up my alley! John: What do you like to do in your personal life when you are not working? Bob: It may sound corny, but becoming a better person is always at the top of my list. The world is full of challenges and people that need help or simply encouraging words. I try to stay positive. I love to cook, listen to music (I’ve been known to break out into a Sinatra tune or two), golf (any excuse to be outside), family and friends are at the top of the list. I want to thank everyone at PGMS for their support. It’s been a great ride and we hope it will continue for many years to come!

Retail: $359 PGMS Introductory Offer $239! Specifications: ■ 31” Top Diameter x 25 3/4” H ■ Water Capacity: 20 Gallons ■ Planting Tray Depth: 13 ”

You’ll reduce watering and labor cost up to 80% while achieving superior results versus traditional planters, Guaranteed!

Order Today, Offer Ends July 1! • Toll Free: 1.877.815.9276 • Email:



What’s Growing On With...Cincinnati


Walt Bonvell, CGM was given the Outstanding Service Award for supporting the interns at Project SEARCH Xavier University. Project SEARCH is a transition program for students to go from high school to a competitive job. The program was developed in collaboration with Great Oaks Institute of Technology, Xavier University, and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency. These three organizations together focus on education and employment for people with mild disabilities. Within Project SEARCH, students are at worksites for one school year and work as interns, without pay. These “interns” range from 18 to 21 years old. Project SEARCH Xavier University celebrated its 10th anniversary on April 14, 2015. Xavier University was the first University to host the Project SEARCH program which started in the fall of 2005. Project SEARCH has now been replicated in close to 340 sites in 46 states and four countries, including 30 sites in the United Kingdom and one in Ireland, Canada and Australia. The program was modeled after the first Project SEARCH program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. While at Xavier, the interns rotate through three work site internships which allow them to build technical skills and focus on communication and problem solving. The goal is for the interns to learn these job duties based on their individual abilities so they can become independent in a competitive work environment. Throughout the interns’ rotations, they receive on-the-job coaching if necessary, support with accommodations and interaction with various employees and students at Xavier University. It is a win-win situation for everyone. The goal is competitive employment and can occur anytime throughout the school year, either on campus or back in their home community. Since 2005, 94 interns have participated in the program at Xavier University. Each May, the interns have a recognition program at the Cintas Center to celebrate the completion of the program. All who complete the program work with their Transition Counselor to find employment in their local neighborhoods. Project SEARCH awarded the Xavier University program an Employment Outcome Award for 90-99% placement for 2013. Trisha Heim, the first coordinator of the program, recognized Walt Bonvell, CGM, senior lead groundskeeper. Heim said, “At Xavier, one employee that has been our rock from the very beginning is Walt Bonvell, CGM. Walt presented at the Professional Grounds Management Society how the university benefited from Project SEARCH. He served on the Business and Industry Advisory Council, was the main speaker of the 2013 Project SEARCH Recognition program and spent many days eating lunch with the interns and giving them advice.” Congratulations to Walt on this amazing accomplishment!


Reelmaster® 5010 Series

Groundsmaster® 5900

Pro Force


Optional 100" Deck

Groundsmaster® 360 Quad-Steer

Workman® HD Series


©2015 The Toro Company. All rights reserved.


Sand Pro® 3040

The tools for all your grounds maintenance needs. Quality turf equipment since 1914. Toro is committed to creating the most durable and reliable equipment to help grounds and facilities maintenance professionals work more efficiently. With a wide range of innovative, productive products to choose from, Toro has the right solution for any season. Contact your local Toro distributor today.


Toro_Family_Ad_PGMS_5_15.indd 1


4/30/15 9:00 AM

Time to Take a (Tree) Walk Do YOU Have What it By: Beau Mastrine, CGM Takes to be a 2015 Green Star Winner? You are invited to enter the 43rd annual maintenance awards program sponsored by PGMS. The annual Professional Grounds Management Awards Program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence. The program complements other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding landscape design and construction.

Now that spring has finally arrived, why not consider a pleasant walk around The College of Wooster’s campus to experience what horticulturist Mark Niemczyk calls “the urban forest.” More than 3,000 trees — all with GPS coordinates — are spread across Wooster’s rolling landscape. As you traverse the campus, you will encounter Sycamores, Magnolias, Scotch Elms, Paperbark Maples, and Japanese Umbrella Pines, as well as Red, White, Black, and Willow Oaks, among scores of others. One of the best ways to prepare for this jaunt is to pick up a copy of the new Tree Walk booklet, which highlights twelve campus trees of special interest, based on age, rarity, or history. Each tree also has a white sign next to it, indicating both the scientific and common name and a QR code that will take your smart phone to a web page that provides more information about that tree. The booklet is available in Lowry Center at the post office and bookstore, as well as Andrews Library, Gault Alumni Center, Gault Admissions Center, and The Wooster Inn. “We believe that all of the trees are worth noting,” says Niemczyk, “and we hope that everyone will enjoy their walk.” To learn more about the tree walk please visit https://www.


This program will salute the grounds superintendent responsible for maintaining a well-manicured landscape year round. Grand, Honor and Merit Awards are offered in 15 categories, covering all types of private, public commercial and industrial landscapes. To qualify for entry, a landscape must be at least two years old and under your continuous maintenance for at least two years. It’s time to start getting your photos taken, putting your presentation together and filling out the application form. The deadline for entries is July 31 so don’t wait, act now! Visit for full details.

We’re Bartlett Tree Experts, a 100+ year old tree and shrub care company with global reach and local roots. We provide expert, attentive service, a safety-first record, and a wide spectrum of services, including: •

Tree & Shrub Pruning

Insect & Disease Management

Cabling & Bracing

Inventory & Management Plans

Fertilization & Soil Care


Call 877.BARTLETT (877.227.8538) or visit BARTLETT.COM

Even with world-class engineering, you don’t become a workhorse legend without the ultimate precision tool: the human touch. So Kawasaki assemblers are also exacting inspectors, scrutinizing details as engines are built. We could craft engines less rigorously. But they might not satisfy you so completely. WWW.KAWASAKIENGINESUSA.COM


PGMS Welcomes Newest Members! New members since March 25, 2015 Robert D. Biles Whitman College

Lucas O’Meara Augusta National Golf Club

Jacob Crouch Augusta National Golf Club

Lance Ollivierre Central Piedmont Community College

Jim Devitt Aramark Corporation

Andrew Peterson Aramark Corporation

Michael A. Hagey Bendedictine College

Ted Pickering Greenweaver Landscapes, LLC

Bo Hightower Central Piedmont Community College

Michael R. Pontti Georgetown University

Dale Shane Holley Aramark Corporation

Kathleen Salisbury Penn State Cooperative Extension – Bucks County

Des Kayea Augusta National Golf Club

Vicki Saville Central Piedmont Community College

Mike Klemmer University of Texas at Austin

Koby Weatherford Hendrick Medical Center

Anna Lacey Augusta National Golf Club

Matthew K. Wolf Pennsylvania State University

Lisa Lennon University of Texas at Austin William Zachary Lester III Central Piedmont Community College Andrew McKinney Georgia Institute of Technology


Know someone who isn’t a member? Help grow your profession and spread the word about joining PGMS! Membership details can always be found on the PGMS website at

Calendar of Events June 4, 2015 PGMS DC Branch Meeting Mount Vernon Mount Vernon, Va. June 4, 2015 Michigan Branch Summer Meeting Frankenmuth Insurance Company Frankenmuth, Mich. July 2015 PGMS DC Summer Field Day American University Washington, D.C. Aug. 3-5, 2015 PGMS School of Grounds Management Summer Conference “Water Conservation for Landscapes & Sports Fields” Sacramento, Calif. Aug. 6, 2015 PGMS DC Branch Meeting Waverly Farms Adamstown, Md.

E V E RY L A N D S CA P E H A S A STORY TO T E L L As caretakers for these special places, we believe every aspect of the grounds, including the trees, turf and gardens, should enhance that story. Your story. complete grounds maintenance • emergency tree services • inventories planting • plant health care • tree risk assessment • pruning

Help starts here.

Oct. 1, 2015 PGMS DC Branch Meeting City of Gaithersburg Gaithersburg, Md. Oct. 21-24, 2015 2015 PGMS School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO Galt House Hotel Louisville, Ky. Nov. 5, 2015 PGMS DC Branch Meeting Virginia Theological Seminary Alexandria, Va. Visit for details and to see other industry events.


Request More Info or Schedule a Demo 1-800-393-0893

Made In USA


Communication Center Below is a list of recent e-mail blasts: May 15 - PGMS Grounds for Thought Monthly E-mail - May 2015 May 7 - Do YOU Have What It Takes To Be A Green Star? April 29 - Registration Now Open for the PGMS School of Grounds Management 2015 Summer Conference! April 23- Important News About Your PGMS Account. Please Read! April 16 - PGMS Grounds for Thought Monthly E-mail - April 2015 April 2 - PGMS News & Upcoming Events March 31 - See What PGMS has Been up to Recently! March/April Forum March 26 - PGMS Accreditation Information to Share with your Facilities Director If you are not receiving PGMS e-mail blasts visit and make sure we have your current e-mail address in your profile.

PGMS is Sad to Say Goodbye It is with sadness we announce that Meghan Brady, PGMS assistant director of communications and marketing, will be leaving PGMS to pursue another position. We wish Meghan the best in her future endeavors and sincerely thank her for all of the hard work she has done for PGMS over the last few years!


THE BEST FLEET PROGRAM DEDICATED TO LANDSCAPERS The brand new Landscaper Fleet Discount® Program rewards your commitment to Shindaiwa and ECHO quality with deep product discounts and “no-hassle” financing. This flexible program allows you to start saving money on equipment, attachments and accessories with a low initial $2,500 purchase. With two tiers of discount you will save more as you bundle your purchases - including BOTH Shindaiwa and ECHO products.


PGMS Blog Wants Your Submissions! The new PGMS member portal has launched and we need submissions for the blog! The PGMS blog is a resource for members to increase their knowledge base in grounds management. PGMS members are the experts in your industry, why not share you knowledge with your peers? Need some suggestions on topics to write about? PGMS has a few to get your head spinning with ideas:




• snow removal • recycling practices • alternative ways of lawn care • natural turf vs. artificial turf • water conservation • staff benefits/education • budgets


• what does sustainability mean to you • sustainable practices you use and why • environmental challenges • safety in the workplace • pesticides • tips you have received from other landscape professionals • if I could go back and change [blank] I would...and why...


• latest industry education So we have started you off on the right foot, it’s your turn to grab a hold of the topic, write up an article (it doesn’t have to be long) and submit it to share with your green industry friends! Please e-mail it to and in the subject line please include “PGMS Blog Topic.”

• Gloves • Respirators • Disposable Coveralls . . . and more

PGMS Silver_Mar_Apr15.indd 1

43,000+ products



3/18/15 10:42 AM

Easy Maintenance ad 5x5:Layout 1 4/13/15 1:39 PM Page 1

Classifieds PGMS offers classified postings for job opportunities. To place a classified ad on the PGMS website and in the PGMS Forum, please visit http://pgms. to submit your ad.

Surefire® Begonia

Supertunia® Vista Petunia

Dolce® Heuchera

Shadowland™ Hosta

Show Off® Forsythia

Sunjoy® Berberis

To view details on any of the positions below visit classifieds.php. Gardener I – Washington, D.C. Tudor Place Historic House & Garden Gardener performs the daily maintenance required by a 5 ½ acre historic estate under the supervision of the Director of Gardens & Grounds. Assists with grounds-keeping and event preparation. He/she must be knowledgeable in the areas of horticulture, landscape maintenance, and the unique challenges related to conserving a public garden. Grounds Maintenance Supervisor I – Charlotte, N.C. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is seeking applications for a Grounds Maintenance Supervisor I for the Facilities Management – Grounds department. This is a full-time, permanent staff position. Grounds Maintenance Supervisor II – Charlotte, N.C. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is seeking applications for a Grounds Maintenance Supervisor II for the Facilities Management - Grounds department. This is a full-time permanent staff position. PGMS also offers postings for internship opportunities and member resumes as an added member benefit. To place an internship opportunity or your resume on the PGMS website, please e-mail the information to Molly Baldwin-Abbott at More information can be found at career-center/.


Top-Rated Plants for Easy Maintenance Today’s busy gardeners want and need low maintenance landscapes. They desire a beautiful yard but often don’t have the time or expertise to achieve the look they want. Do them a favor and plant these low maintenance annuals, perennials, and shrubs to guarantee their success with little effort. Read the full article on

PGMS May/June 2015 Forum  
PGMS May/June 2015 Forum