The Mulch Coverage Quarterly Volume 4 Issue 2


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Mulch Coverage Quarterly Volume 4 Issue 1


Apr. 14, 2017 8:55 am


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Mulch Coverage Quarterly Volume 3 Issue 6


Dec. 30, 2016 6:27 am



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Mulch Coverage Quarterly Volume 2 Issue 4


Apr. 4, 2016 1:30 pm

Please sign up for The Mulch Coverage Quarterly bottom of our homepage  www.tlbcompanies.com or visit the website for more information. The newsletter comes out 4 times a year and has valuable information, tips and fun facts all about the landscaping industry.
Welcome to TLB Companies 
TLB Wood Products LLC was established in 1999. We source and manufacture wood materials into exceptional landscape mulch, animal bedding and biomass fuel. In order to provide the highest standard of customer service along with efficient, timely delivery of our materials, we also operate our own transportation division known as TLB Transit Inc. We source raw materials and ship our finished products throughout the state of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. In addition, we offer transportation services throughout the Midwest region. 

As a family owned business, we pride ourselves on being an environmentally "green" company through reclaiming, recycling and efficient manufacturing and sourcing of wood by-products. It is our mission to build strong, value based relationships with our business partners. Our goal is to enable our business partners to excel in their businesses by offering high quality, consistently available and competitively priced landscape mulch, animal bedding and biomass fuel. 
Contact us today, our team is ready to be of service to you!

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Winter Weather Reminders


Feb. 8, 2016 2:25 pm



It may not seem like it here in Wisconsin, but it is winter. It's never too late to be reminded of some important winter safety tips and preparations.
First things first, when driving in the cold have your vehicle ready to go. Unless you can do it yourself, have a mechanic check your brakes, ignition, wiring, hoses/fan belts, spark plugs, distributor, filters, battery, tires, and antifreeze. Even though you may be in the clear as far as mechanics go it is always best to keep a cold weather safety kit in your vehicle. The National Safety Council advice you to have at least a half a tank of gas, fresh antifreeze and with you at all times:
?      a fully inflated spare tire
?      windshield cleaner
?      compass
?      matches in a waterproof container
?      shovel, tool kit
?      salt/kitty litter
?      scissors
?      ice scraper
?      flashlight with extra batteries
?      first aid kit
?      scissors
?      non-perishable food
?      blankets/mittens/hats/socks
?      reflective triangles/flares
?      string/cord
?      jumper cables
?      tow/tire chains
Being prepared is important even for the safest of drivers. During times of low visibility or very slippery roads there can be any number of surprises to a driver. AAA recommends a few driving tips to help you avoid a crash:
?      Never mix radial tires with other types of tires
?      Avoid using your parking brake to slow or stop
?      Do not use cruise control in wintery conditions
?      Look and steer in the direction you want to go
?      Accelerate and decelerate slowly
?      Increase following distance to 8 to 10 seconds
?      Know whether you have anti-lock brakes, which will "pump" the brakes for you in a skid
?      If possible, don't stop when going uphill
?      Keep your gas tank at least half-full
?      If you do get stranded, don't try to push your vehicle out of snow
?      Signal distress with a brightly colored cloth tied to the antenna or in a rolled up window
Check the weather before driving and whenever possible try making alternate driving arrangements. If it is not possible to change your driving necessity, then be safe by using these tips from this article.
Information found in this article was used from National Safety Council and AAA websites noted which are noted below.
More winter driving information and safety can be found at:
 

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Landscaping and El Nino


Jan. 13, 2016 2:48 pm



The weather sure has been something to talk about this year and it seems like it will be for the year ahead.  The real question is, how it will impact what goes on in the business we are all involved with? Last year, we had a very early spring, due the lack of snow and the mild temperatures, creating the opportunity to get landscaping projects and sales done very early in the year and lengthening the landscaping season.  This winter we are seeing the impacts of a somewhat strong El Nia?o. Simply put, El Nia?o is an anomalous, yet periodic, warming of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. For reasons still not well understood, every 2-7 years, this patch of ocean warms for 6 to 18 months. This warming impacts our traditional weather pattern in the US, as well as throughout the world.  Normally, we in Wisconsin see warmer temperatures and less precipitation in the winter of an El Nia?o year according to National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center at NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).  The National Weather Service is also predicting this El Nia?o to be unusually strong, so we are likely to see warmer temperatures and less precipitation thorough late winter and early spring 2016. 
If December is any indication, we certainly had warmer weather on one hand, but on the other we had a lot of precipitation.  Needless to say, it's only a forecast and we still have a lot of winter left.  Given this forecast, it appears we may be in for another year of an early spring.  So, I leave this article off where I started, given this forecast of an early spring how can we use this information in our businesses to make better business decisions? Some possible questions to ask and answer:  Will we be ready to take advantage of an early spring? Do we have the materials and labor needed to get going early? Should we advertise differently, etc.?  The bottom line is thinking through how you decide to act given this information is what is important and will lead to a possible plan for action whatever that may be. 

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Landscaping Trends


Dec. 17, 2015 11:22 am



Individuals have long found satisfaction in making their home uniquely their own for a place to relax and entertain.  This feeling has evolved to include the property surrounding their home.  Homeowners want their yard to be an extension of a beautified living space that is decorative as well as functional.  With the growing popularity of creating outdoor living spaces let's take a look at some of the trends we will probably see during the New Year. 
?   Sustainability Customers like the idea of low maintenance gardens, drought tolerant plants and reducing lawn areas.  Homeowners expect a sustainable design for both convenience and environmental reasons.  Plant choices must not only be for beauty but for tolerance during dry summers and cold winters. There is a renewed interest in edibles, a blend of herbs as an alternative to grass. 
?   Versatile outdoor spaces The popularity of outdoor fireplaces and family friendly fire pits along with built in grills continues to grow.  The very conventional backyard is being replaced by a haven for family enjoyment and to entertain friends. 
?   Planting for Privacy While a row of stately arborvitae will accomplish the goal, more often a mix of trees, shrubs and perennials provides a more appealing screening.  Homeowners want to walk out of the house and into a private garden retreat.  A single line of trees or shrubs at the back end of the property doesn't evoke the same calming effect as a wide buffer zone that forms a destination garden in itself.  

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Basics


Nov. 6, 2015 10:04 am

Some mulch basics in landscape

The starter steps to mulching are grading the area and getting weeds under control. Before the grading process make sure to have your weeds under control; you may want to treat the area with a pre-emergent herbicide before laying mulch.

Season Choices: Laying mulch for the winter can help insulate the ground and protect the roots of plants through the colder months. If you are laying mulch for the winter the best time to do it is late fall while the soil has cooled but hasn't frozen. If you choose to lay summer mulches it is best to lay in mid-spring once the ground has warmed up and the roots are becoming active. (It is an important note is to make sure to pull away the mulch from trunks of trees in the fall to allow proper hardening of the bark.)

When laying mulch 3 inches is a good depth. Be sure to lay the mulch evenly so it insulates properly. Additionally, areas that are thinner can more easily develop weeds.

Visit our Mulch Educational Information Page and FAQs section to find more information on laying mulch.

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Mulch Coverage Quarterly Volume 2 Issue 2


Oct. 26, 2015 9:13 am

Communicating, educating, and inspiring innovation. The Mulch Coverage Quarterly is a great newsletter for the landscapers. Sign up for TLB's MCQ newsletter to get landscaping tips, seasonal information, and much more from our industries. Check out the bottom of our homepage to sign up, www.tlbcompanies.com
If you'd like any previous issues please email us at customerservice@tlbcompanies.com 
In this Issue:
Improving Curb Appeal
Winter Work Ideas
Lambeau Field Trivia
Game Day Snack Mix Recipe 



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Great Lakes Logging and Heavy Equipment Expo


Aug. 19, 2015 2:35 pm

We will have a tent at the Great Lakes Logging and Heavy Equipment Expo for the first time in September 2015. Although we've been there before checking it out, this time we will be there to present a little bit about what TLB has to offer and to build some new relationships. Our main focuses for the event will be our services, products, and purchasing.

Services: New this year to TLB are our screening services, we also continue to do grinding and transportation of wood products & dry freight
Products: Our main products continue to be bulk landscape mulch, bulk animal bedding, and bulk bio-mass fuel
Purchasing: We are always on the look out for wood residue products

Check out the expo from September 10-12 in Escanaba, MI (http://gltpa.org/expo.html)
More about TLB @ www.tlbcompanies.com

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Rain: Can't live with it, can't live without it!


May 4, 2015 3:46 pm

As we all know rain is a very important part of helping our plants and trees grow. In the landscape industry we like rain because it helps grow what we plant however, it can also make getting our job done challenging.

As a colored mulch producer, TLB Wood Products LLC, has been educating landscape contractors on the harm rain can initially do to colored dyed mulch. When mulch is dyed, a color based dye is used and until the colorant dries on the wood it is at risk to lose its color properties. When the colored material is in a pile the inside can't fully dry and lock into place. Even if the material sits for a week the dye may not have officially locked. We recommend 6+ hours of sun and wind to allow the colorant to dry and lock into the wood mulch. It will take longer for mulch to dry on an overcast day that is muggy and not windy. So, if you are laying color dyed mulch be ware of rain that is in the forecast.

If you happen to have mulch in a pile that has been rained on before it has had a chance to lock you may not be in too much trouble. The inside of your pile will still be wet with colorant and once there is no rain in the forecast you can turn the pile into itself as only the outside of the pile should be the only place where the wood has lost color. We do not recommend turning the pile until you are ready to use the mulch AND there is no rain in the forecast.

If you have already laid the mulch than you may have lost some or all color properties. If there is still some color left, you can try to rake up the mulch and turn it however most likely the colorant has washed into the soil.

Spread the word to minimize loss!

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Free Earth Day T Shirt 2015


Mar. 23, 2015 3:13 pm

Earth Day - April 22, 2015 

30 day count down to Earth Day 2015 begins! To receive a FREE Earth Day T-Shirt sign up for our 'Mulch Coverage Quarterly' E-Newsletter. The first 30 landscape companies that sign up will receive our awesome newsletter every 3 months via email, and they will also receive a beautiful FREE Earth Day 2015 T-Shirt. (1 shirt per person, per company)

You can sign up for 'The Mulch Coverage Quarterly Newsletter' at the bottom of our homepage: www.tlbcompanies.com 

TLB is a company that prides itself on being environmentally "green". We reclaim, recycle, and use efficient manufacturing and sourcing of wood by-products to reduce our carbon footprint.


What will you do to be more environmentally friendly?



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Hemlock Bark Mulch


Mar. 12, 2015 2:57 pm

TLB currently has a limited supply of hemlock bark mulch available.  Please give us a call today if you're interested in truckload quantities!  (920)833-9031


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NEW Landscape Mulch Information Website


Feb. 17, 2015 11:02 am

We are so happy to announce the launch of our NEW website. We feel will be a great resource for our partners and are very proud of our product.

Check it out at: www.tlbcompanies.com

The website covers the products and services we offer including landscape mulch, animal bedding, biomass fuel, transportation, and warehousing. There is product information and educational information in each section. Additionally, the FAQs section offers answers to general product questions to specific questions about TLB Companies. As always feel free to call us or use our contact us page to ask questions.

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2015 Home and Garden Shows


Feb. 10, 2015 3:34 pm

Spring will be here before we know it and a great way to feed your landscaping season excitement is through home and garden shows. You can show off your business and gain new customers by becoming an exhibitor. A few home shows you may enjoy are:

Even if you are not planning on becoming an exhibitor, home and garden shows are a great way to network, find new innovation, and learn something new within the landscaping industry.

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Educating ourselves on the BioMass Industry


Jan. 20, 2015 12:04 pm

As a wood biomass purchaser and supplier for Wisconsin, it is very important to learn as much as possible about what thermal energy, bio fuels, renewable resources and energy conservations are.


First, what is biomass? Biomass Fuel is natural organic matter used as a fuel, especially in a power station with a boiler for the generation of energy, electricity, and heat.


Here are a few things you may find interesting:

  • Biomasses biggest advantage is that it is sustainable and thus a renewable energy source deriving its energy from biological material. This means that we can produce more biomass fuel (i.e. cultivating specially designed crops or planting trees) to produce more biomass energy within a short period of time.
  • Biomass is one of the most plentiful and well-utilized sources of renewable energy in the world.
  • Modern biomass is used to produce power and heat in large-scale facilities: solid biomass, biogas, biofuel or biodiesel.
  • Using biomass as a fuel means that carbon dioxide (CO2) which was absorbed from the air while the plant was growing, is released back into the air when the fuel is burned. The system is said to be carbon neutral.
  • Biomass is the top candidate for oil equivalents, and indeed biodiesel has been getting more attention of late as a renewable and low-net-carbon method of fueling vehicles.
  • Biomass is considered to be one of the key renewable resources of the future at both small- and large-scale levels. It already supplies 14 % of the world's primary energy consumption.
We hope to have our website available for more information by mid-February. Please visit www.tlbcompanies.com for more.

Contact us with any information you may have on availability of biomass fuels as we are always looking for new sources. Thanks!!

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Introduction


Dec. 3, 2014 2:55 pm

Today we start a blog to provide specialized information to you, our partners. This publication will be a great way to communicate, educate, and inspire innovation.

To start here is a little about us...

TLB Wood Products LLC was established in 1999. Our scope of work covers reclaiming environmentally friendly wood into quality manufactured landscape mulch, bark, bedding, and bio-mass fuels. We wholesale and deliver our products out of Seymour to Northeastern Wisconsin including Green Bay, Fox Valley (Appleton), Door County, Fond Du Lac. We also make our way to Milwaukee and other areas of Wisconsin. We transport our materials and we are also a carrier that delivers other commodities locally and throughout the Midwest. Our corporate office in Seymour, WI has a warehouse space with docks that are clean and ready for use.

Being a small business we take pride in the relationships we form with our customers. It is also at the top of our list to offer high quality products with excellent service. We enjoy working intimately with each and every one of our customers.

We are looking forward to introducing you to new ideas and information that are present in our industry. This will include seasonal reinforcements, technology, research studies, new products or innovative ideas within the market.

Throughout this blog we hope you gain insights for maintaining, growing, and innovating your business.

Enjoy, and thanks for reading.

 -Kristi Palmer

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