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NHLA Plant ID Course
In the summer of 2018 Jacques Steyn, Mike Novotny and Tim Ross attended the NH Landscape Association plant ID course.  The course ran for 12 consecutive weeks culminating in the plant ID exam in September.  This fulfilled half of the requirement toward attaining their title of NH Certified Landscape Professional.  This is a test of knowledge of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs and weeds.  It requires not only the ability to identify these plants but to correctly describe them by both their common and botanical names.  We congratulate all three CCL members for passing the exam.  This is one of the many educational opportunities that Carroll County Landscape sponsors for employees.

Jacques  Steyn also took the written portion of the exam the same day and joined the ranks of a select number of NHCLP’s  across the state.  Mike Novotny, Tim Ross and Tom Brown studied during the winter months for the written portion of the exam and successfully passed on March 22, 2019.  Tom will be taking the review course during the 2019 summer and will be certified following his plant ID exam in September.

Green Industry Winter Forum Education
Dave Alessandroni attended Dreams and Solutions, an educational forum sponsored by the Mass. Nursery and Landscape Association at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center in Marlborough Mass.  Among the educational sessions were talks on Heirloom and Native Plants  - A Living History, John Forti,  Creating Sustainability – Sustainable Design and Maintenance, Darrah Cole, Interpreting Bark, Michael Woftech, Ecological Pollinator Conservation, Robert Gegear and a concurrent Job Fair and Trade Show.

Mike Novotny begins the 2019 season with a promotion to the level of foreman on the installation crew.  Mike has been our Assistant Foreman and through both NHLA training as well as on-the-job training under senior foreman of the installation crew, Tyrrell Nickerson, Mike has quickly reached a level of knowledge and experience to enable him to supervise and train staff members on the skills necessary to implement  a landscape project.

Tom Brown was named CCL’s winter crew foreman in the fall of 2018.  In his role as Winter Shop Foreman Tom manages all daily activities set forth by our General Manager Jan Bicknell. During the winter months of January, February and March our winter staff tackles every facet of preparation for the upcoming season.  In the capacity of safety officer for CCL Tom also updated our Hazard Communication Program this winter.  Last but certainly not least, this spring Tom will also be one of three landscape installation foremen on our staff.

CPR and First Aid Certification
The staff of Carroll County Landscape trained and recertified in CPR and First Aid on March 20th at the Huggins Hospital Conference Center in Wolfeboro.  Debbie Simone, RN, BSN Education Coordinator at Huggins presented the latest techniques needed in the event of an emergency.  Staff members of Carroll County Landscape attend this training every two years. 


2019 Joint Winter Meeting  January 16th, Co-sponsored by the NHLA, NHPGA and UNH Cooperative Extension, the Joint Winter Meeting at the Grappone Center in Concord was a huge success.  The event included renowned speakers and vendor exhibits.  The snowy morning started out with discussion groups and was followed by general concurrent educational sessions.  Some of the more interesting topics included ‘Improving Labor and Production Efficiency’, ‘Ticks and Lyme Disease’ and ‘Encouraging Wildlife Diversity in Designed Landscapes’.   Carroll County Landscape, Inc. was well represented as always and enjoyed a full day of presentations.  In attendance were Dave Alessandroni, Jan Bicknell, Tyrrell Nickerson, Jacques Steyn, Tim Ross, Mike Novotny, Tom Brown, Patti Thomas, Ron Lewis and Jess Buccella.

Plant Geek Day

Dave Alessandroni  attended the Plant Geek Day put on by the Mass. Nursery and Landscape Association at the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in Boston.  The Rose Kennedy Greenway is a roof garden at street level atop the highway tunnel that now runs through the heart of Boston.  The day featured tours and a plant I.D. challenge.

CPR and First Aid Certification

Vermont Turf Conference
On December 4th Dave Alessandroni, Jacques Steyn, Tyrrell Nickerson, Tim Ross, Mike Novotny and Tom Brown made the trip to the Fireside Inn in West Lebanon to attend the Vermont Turf Conference sponsored by the Vermont Greenscape Association.  Moderator and speaker for two of the sessions, Randy Prostak, was as entertaining as he was informational.  Several other speakers from UMass and UConn spoke about the latest research and developments from their respective fields of expertise relating to turf.  Among the speakers was Michelle DaCosta, Assistant Professor of Turfgrass Physiology at the Univ. of Mass. presenting her topic of ‘Startegies for Dealing with the Droughts and Deluges of Summer’.   Also included was a room full of vendors with booths of information on the latest and greatest turf related products.

NHLA 2019 Spring Conference

This was an educational and fun team building day for the staff at Carroll County Landscape.  The conference was held at the Puritan Conference Center in Manchester on March 22nd.  Some of the lectures included Dealing with Nuisance Wildlife, Going Organic at the Maine Botanical Gardens, Turfgrass Nutrients and Fertilizers, Hand Pruning and Green Stormwater Infrastructure.  In attendance were Dave Alessandroni, Jan Bicknell, Tyrrell Nickerson, Jacques Steyn, Patti Thomas, Mike Novotny, Tim Ross, Tom Brown, Ron Lewis, Jess Buccella, Patrick O’Brien and John DiMambro. Special congratulations go out to Mike, Tim and Tom for passing the written portion of the NH Certified Landscape Professional exam at the beginning of the day.


Mid November snow wreaked havoc on our
fall cleanup schedule in 2018.

Some early spring snows made
for a late start to the 2019 season.

Carroll County Landscape provided one of
our trucks and driver to the Lakes
Region Curling Club for their float
in the 2019 Fourth of July parade.

Carroll County Landscape, Inc.   P.O. Box 237  Wolfeboro Falls, NH  03896   Phone:  (603) 569-2013  Fax:  (603) 569-2013