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Mosquito + Tick Population Explosion: 3 Effective Products for Control

As we mentioned in our article last month, this year is expected to have higher than average rates of mosquitoes throughout every area of the country, from the Northeast and Southeast to the Midwest and beyond. In the last decade, mosquito and tick populations have exploded throughout the US. Tick-borne diseases have more than doubled in since 2004 and diseases …

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Ask the Expert: 5 Resources for 2-Wire Troubleshooting

Last month, we shared a step-by-step how-to on troubleshooting a two-wire system with a multimeter. As we all know, troubleshooting can be frustrating and take valuable time away from other jobs. If the system is through a manufacturer you are unfamiliar with, sourcing the resources you need quickly can feel impossible. We’ve reconnected with Doug Armour, Central’s Commercial Irrigation Technical …

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Ask the Expert: 3 Steps for Growing Your Sales with Lighting Design

Last month we connected with Glen Nyhuis, Central’s National Lighting Director, to discuss common misunderstandings when it comes to lighting basics such as wattage, amps, and volts. We spent some time getting Back to Basics on the technical side to make sure that your lighting installations were back on track for the season. Now, we look into some easy and …

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Why Your Marketing Materials Are Not Working

As a business owner you wear many hats from sales, purchasing, and accounting to business development, customer service and marketing. You’re constantly juggling multiple things, and frankly, you just don’t have time to do it all. And that’s ok. You set your priorities and delegate responsibilities where you can. When it comes to things like marketing, it’s vital for your …

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Ask the Expert: Back to Basics: 5 Steps to Get Your Lighting Installations Back on Track

Lighting is one of the fastest evolving categories in our industry. In the past decade alone, sales of professionally installed landscape lighting [and audio] systems have grown more than 300%. That’s insane growth! Homeowner demand and the trend of outdoor living has helped to drive this growth, especially in upper-income neighborhoods where lighted homes outnumber the unlit ones. This demand …

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Spring Irrigation Start Up: Troubleshooting with a Multimeter

Spring is here and it’s irrigation start-up season! It’s great to be back to work but as with every season there are systems that just don’t work as they should. Troubleshooting can be frustrating and take valuable time away from other jobs. If the system is through a manufacturer you are unfamiliar with sourcing the resources you need quickly can …

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3 Effective Solutions for Tick and Mosquito Season

This year is expected to have higher than average rates of mosquitoes throughout every area of the country, from the Northeast and Southeast to the Midwest and beyond.  Ticks will reach epidemic levels in many areas of the country, especially the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic, and upper Midwest. Mosquitoes and ticks thrive in warm humid weather, reproducing and multiplying rapidly. They’re not …

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3 Alternatives to Glyphosate & Roundup

More and more, our customers are asking pressing questions about what chemicals go on their lawn. Especially with the recently negative news coverage our industry has seen with the Roundup lawsuit. Our customers worry about their kids, their pets, and the environment—and they want to make sure that the chemicals that go on their law are safe. Beyond the Roundup …

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Industry Alert: Your Customers Want Them – All Natural & Family-Safe Products

Our industry is ever evolving. More and more, our customers are driving purchase behavior—especially when it comes to all-natural, organic, sustainable, and low environmental impact options. Sustainability and organics are big business. Companies from Amazon and General Mills to UPS, Motorola and beyond—are investing in organics or putting sustainable practices in place for their customers. If major global companies are …