Archive II   Winter 2009


The piles of snow are finally starting to recede in the sunny areas.

On March 18th Carroll County Landscape, Inc. was represented at the New Hampshire Landscape Association, Granite State Landscape Architects and UNH Cooperative Extension 'Spring Educational Conference for Landscapers'.  The conference was held at the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn NH.  In attendance were Mike Nicolay, John McNamara, Jan Bicknell, Sue Burkhardt, Justin Dacey, Jason Hanscom and Vikki Tinkham.  The educational sessions covered topics on the Proper Sampling of Plants for Diagnosis, DOT Requirements to Safely Operate Equipment on the Road, Best Management Practices for Irrigation and the keynote speaker from UNH, Cathy Neal, speaking about Trees from Nursery to Street Tree. There was also a panel discussion at the end of the day on Best Management Practices for Landscaping.  This was an ideal opportunity to brush up on some pertinent educational topics and be ready for warming temperatures and spring startup. 

The daffodils and Forsythia blooms will soon be on their way!

This winter CCL purchased a pre-owned Bobcat 331 compact excavator.  Following a complete servicing at Bobcat of NH it is now at our shop and ready to go.

We look forward to the efficiency of being able to utilize this piece of equipment for a wide range of tasks, some of which we sub-contracted or rented equipment for in the past.   

Dave Alessandroni and Michael Nicolay attended 'Tree School for Landscapers - The Built Landscape from an Arborist's Perspective' on March 4th in Portsmouth.  The workshop was practical, hands-on and interactive.  Topics discussed were Tree Basics, Problems Arborists See and Best Management Practices and Standards.  Microscopes were set up to view mychorrizae on tree roots and an outdoor demonstration of the 'Air Knife' for mitigation of soil and root problems was made by course instructor Jeff Ott.

Mike Nicolay has been promoted to General Manager in recognition of his wide range of responsibilities.  Mike has been our installation crew foreman for the past eleven years and is now involved with the supervision of all aspects of our operation.  

Congratulations, Mike!

Congratulations to Tyrrell Nickerson and Jason Hanscom for receiving their certificates of completion for attending the UMass Extension's 'Green School'.  Tyrrell works on our installation crew and Jason works on both the installation crew and lawn maintenance crew.  Green School is a comprehensive certificate short course for Green Industry professionals taught by UMass Extension Specialists and University of Massachusetts faculty.  The course is designed for landscapers, lawn care specialists, arborists and other horticultural practitioners.  It runs for 11 days.  The 'specialty track' that Tyrrell and Jason selected was Landscape Management.  

The Green School curriculum is based on research and information emphasizing environmental stewardship, integrated pest management (IPM) and horticultural fundamentals.  This program focuses on the management of the landscape as a whole.  Participants develop an understanding of how proper management practices impact natural resources such as soil and water.  The certificate is awarded after achieving a required final grade point average on daily quizzes and a final test.  Congratulations again for a job well done.

New England Grows Conference -Eight members of Carroll County Landscape attended 'New England Grows' at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center during the first week of February.  The conference and trade show provided the opportunity to attend cutting edge conferences and master classes that featured world class speakers.  We were also able to view the hottest new trends, products and equipment from over 700 of the green industry's leading suppliers.  Attending 'New England Grows' provides our employees an outstanding opportunity to acquire new knowledge, build technical skills, improve productivity and advance the quality of our work.  Events like this allow us to stay connected during the winter months and ready to start up in the spring with increased knowledge and new ideas.


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