THE BEST SUCCESS STORIES OF 2013
NOVEMBER
It's Like Magic - 99% Rooting Success
Héctor Santiago Rodríguez
Owner, Cali Nurseries
Summary: My passion is to grow plants that improve people's quality of life and improve the environment. I want people to smile when they see Cali Nurseries' plants, and I want to bring a little joy into their lives. The nursery does 90% wholesale business to gard
OCTOBER
Winning the "Hundred Day War"
Branden Houghtaling
Superintendent, Tam O'Shanter Club
Summary: June, July, August and the first two weeks of September are what I call the "Hundred Day War." It is one long stretch of incredibly hot, humid, and muggy weather that puts our greens, which are 95 percent Poa Annua, under a lot of summer stress. In that k
SEPTEMBER
Rescuing The Stars Redwoods in California
Nick Mook
Owner, Mook's Arbor Systems, Inc.
Summary: Nick Mook has taken care of trees and shrubs on some of the most glamorous, star-studded estates in Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Malibu and Bel Air for the last 17 years. One of the famous estates we work on has magnificent California redwoods that are nearl
AUGUST
Down-Under Success
Dan Patience
Owner, JD Propagation
Summary: In a little over three years, JP Propagation has grown from a 2-man operation in 1,000m2 of greenhouse space to an operation 16 staff members working out of 4,000m2 of space, producing over 3 million seedlings per year. Patience now uses a number of other
JULY
The "Johnny Appleseed" of Cycads
Greg Holzman
Cycad Curator at the National Tropical Botanical Garden
Summary: Holzman has been instrumental in the conservation of these endangered plants and in the renaissance of cycads as landscape specimen plants. Cycads are the oldest living seed-bearing plants on the Earth (they date back to the Jurassic era, when dinosaurs r
JUNE
The World's Largest Pumpkin Confirms the 'Growth' in Growth Products
Ron Wallace
Giant Pumpkin Grower Extraordinaire
Summary: Ron, a country club manager from Rhode Island, shattered the world record on September 28, 2012, with is pumpkin, "The Freak II," that weighed in at 2,009 pounds. Wallace had previously set a world record in 2006 with a pumpkin that weighed 1,502 pounds.
MAY
A Save For An NCAA Baseball Field
Chris Bozich
Spray Technician for University of the Pacific
Summary: I've been working on the university's sports fields for five years, always aiming to create the nice thick green turf I've always pictured in my mind. One field - our baseball field - was eating up fertilizer and not giving the result I was looking for.
APRIL
Best Green in West Texas
Albert Bartschmid
Superintendent
Summary: Coming out of a hot, dry summer last year, our bentgrass greens were stressed and the turf's root system was nearly gone. I was looking for a good foliar nitrogen fertilizer that also contained biostimulants, since I wanted to push root growth before head
MARCH
A Companion For Success
Taylor Henderson

Summary: Taylor is only 20 years old, but he has plenty of knowledge and hands-on agricultural experience. A fourth-generation Florida citrus grower, he's been around farms and groves all his life. For the past four years, he has been caretaker of TMM citrus grov
FEBRUARY
Return on Investment with Essential and Companion Tops the Charts
Kurt Knost
Territory Representative Genesis Turfgrass, Inc.
Summary: This month's winning story comes from Kurt Knost, a Territory Representative with Genesis Turfgrass, Inc. Kurt, a 26-year industry veteran, had not worked closely with