Landscape

Perfect Plan, Perfect Wall

It is said that practice makes perfect. A concert pianist would never dream of performing before an audience without first taking months to perfect his technique. Nor would a surgeon dare make that first incision without years of careful training and practice beforehand. ... More

Irrigation

Irrigation: Getting Ready for Spring

When was the last time you had a good physical? A really thorough, front-to-back, inside-and-outside check of all your systems, to see if everything’s working right, or if something needs repairing or replacing? Your customers’ irrigation systems need yearly physicals, too; they’re called “spring startups.” As their irrigation contractor, you’re the one who’s going to prepare, and in many cases, repair those systems for the new season. ... More

Landscape Maintenance

Mower Add-Ons

Remember the old “Batman” TV show? If you do, you may recall that no matter what dire situation he and Robin got into, courtesy of some supervillain, the Caped Crusader would have some gizmo in his utility belt that he could pull out at the last second and save the day. ... More

Business Articles

Facebook: Fired Up or Just Fired?

There’s no doubt that Facebook participation can be an asset to any business. the question is how you can use it to promote your company, yet be sure your team members are cautious in the way they use it? What should the owner and office manager post? Where is the line between personal and professional? Knowing the good, the bad and the ugly of Facebook for business, your company can take full advantage of this tool and watch your business grow. ... More

Close-Up Profiles

Deborah Hunter

She read the directions

With $200 in her pocket, a 1970 station wagon which she used as a truck, and a small, ragtag crew, Deborah Turner started Ram-T Corporation, a landscape company specializing in erosion control and hardscapes. That was in 1984. Now more than 30 years later, not only has she thrived as a woman in a heavily male-dominated industry, but she has also transformed her start-up company into a multimillion dollar corporation. ... More

Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes

It's easy to be green

When Kermit the Frog crooned the tune “It’s not easy being green,” he wasn’t singing about environmental issues. We who are in the green industry, however, might want to rewrite that song, with appropriate lyrics about the challenge of exchanging some of our traditional practices for greener ones. ... More

There’s no doubt that Facebook participation can be an asset to any business. the question is how you can use it to promote your company, yet be sure your team members are cautious in the way they use it? What should the owner and office manager post more
In a conversation I recently had with one of my clients, he expressed his concern about finding employees who he could hire for 12-16 weeks. Due to the nature of his business, it is typically very busy in the first three months of the season, then begi more
First, in order for any small business owner to be successful, it takes a lot of hard work. Realizing that they can always count on themselves to do it the “right way,” it quickly becomes a habit to do any present task at hand themselves. Habits are f more
With the current labor shortage in our industry, landscape contractors have had to be creative and find ways to do more with fewer people. For example, the crews responsible for mowing the grass at New Zealand’s Auckland International Airport use a larg more
a_142438755354e66de1f0aa0When was the last time you had a good physical? A really thorough, front-to-back, inside-and-outside check of all your systems, to see if everything’s working right, or if something needs repairing or replacing? Your customers’ irrigation systems n more
a_1418669573548f2e050f756It’s a sunny afternoon in January. The popular Frank Loesser song swoons “Ah, but baby it’s cooooold outside,” softly in the background as you keep your toes warm by a roaring fire. Children are playing in the snow, bundled up, making a giant snow more
a_1416328381546b74bdaefd8The late comedian Rodney Dangerfield had a catchphrase: “I don’t get no respect— no respect at all.” For a long time, the same thing could be said of water. Certainly, we knew it was essential to life; however, we thought it would always be aro more
Drought is still a problem in a large portion of our country, and experts say it’s going to keep on being one for some time to come, especially in the West. A water audit is meant to show your clients how much water they’re using. Equally as import more
a_1413390360543ea018887c4Graywater from a system at a Florida residence is piped into the home’s drinking water. “Yellow gushy stuff” coming out of some taps in Maryland turns out to be the powerful—and highly toxic—herbicide Paraquat from an agric more
a_141082072354176a73e1f85Irrigation equipment companies today have their heads in “the cloud.” And that’s not a criticism. The same technological explosion that’s affecting all of our electronic devices is happening to irrigation controllers, too. They’re more
 
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