WANTED: Sustainable Landscape Services for Savvy Consumers

For decades, Billy Goodnick has been showing people how to create sustainable landscapes – and how to ditch their lawns. But don't think of me as a "bad guy," he says.... more


Proposition to Bank River Water in Aquifer

Latest News The city of Yakima, Washington, has a plan to use its current water rights, existing wells, and its natural groundwater in order to better meet demands during droughts. If temporary permits are appr ... More

Firm Fined after Landscaper’s Death

Latest News The company that employed a landscaper who was killed on the job last November was issued citations in connection with his death. Three Frogs Inc., a real estate investment company that purchase ... More

Company Leaves Woman Stranded with No Service

Latest News A woman in Lorain, Ohio, is unable to find the landscape company she hired. Janet Siedlecki had paid $480 up front for the 2014 lawn care season, but now she cannot even get in touch with them. S ... More

City to Reject Lone Landscaping Bid

Latest News Cheyenne, Wyoming, is planning to reject the only bid they have received for a landscaping project around a portion of West Lincolnway. Budget issues appear to be the reason for the rejection. The p ... More

Water Issues Take the Main Stage in California Politics

Latest News California politicians are taking notice of the rise in importance of water in the middle of California’s record drought. Water, jobs and the California economy have become important parts of poli ... More

Landscaper Hospitalized After Bee Attack

Latest News A landscaper in Phoenix, Arizona, was hospitalized after being swarmed by a large number of bees. Emergency workers at the scene had to the pull the man out of his pickup truck before putting hi ... More

Drought Causes California to Step Up Recycled Water Efforts

Latest News As the drought takes hold in California, recycled water is winning both acceptance and financial support. The state has allocated $200 million in grants to jump-start recycled water efforts, and sl ... More

Landscapers Complain that It’s Difficult to Compete

Latest News Some Staten Island landscape contractors have a trash problem. More specifically, they have a problem with some of their competitors cheating on the disposal of their organic material.  Many of ... More

Santa Barbara Tightens Restrictions as Drought Worsens

Latest News With no end to the drought in sight, officials in Santa Barbara, California, have decided to impose more severe restrictions on water usage. The city council is expected to take up mandatory conserv ... More

Village Board to Limit Noise

Latest News  At a recent meeting, the village board of East Hampton, New York moved towards reducing the hours where work on construction and landscapes could be done. The new regulations are part of an on ... More

Be careful of what you wish for

The Publisher Speaks Sometimes you have to be careful of what you wish for. Last October when the snows came early...
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Can You Afford to Turn Down a Job?

The Publisher Speaks A number of years ago I met a man who was just starting out in the landscape business. He was young, vibrant and enthusiastically looking forward to building a business for himself and his family...
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Service Charges

The Publisher Speaks My air conditioner was not working so I called the company to have it repaired. I was told that there would be a service fee for someone to come out. Included with that fee was thirty minutes of worker's time. After that, there would be a charge of additional time as needed, plus parts.
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How is Your Company Perceived?

The Publisher Speaks All the marketing gurus seem to be emphasizing the importance of branding your company and name recognition. So how is your company perceived by your clients and potential clients? ... More

Get On The Bandwagon

The Publisher Speaks The economy looks good, and this should reflect well on our business. However, some clouds loom over the horizon. Weather forecasters are again predicting that some parts of our country... More

Challenges Facing Our Industry

The Publisher Speaks Our industry is facing some challenges that threaten our very existence. We get caught up in our own businesses and are probably not aware of what is quietly going on around us. Then before you know it, new laws and regulations are set in place. ... More

Creating Business

The Publisher Speaks I know I sound like a broken record, but there are lessons to be learned from this little story I am about to tell you.  Almost everyone in the U.S. has felt the pain of these last four years, but small businesses especially have been hard hit. The landscape industry has many small businesses… ... More

Eco-Green Era

The Publisher Speaks  We are being pushed into the eco-green era faster than we can realize, yet most of us are fighting it.  Why?  It's coming faster than we think and will be good for business.  There is a saying: "If you want to know where you are going, look back at where you came from." Exactly! Just look back. ... More

Crew Time Management

The Publisher Speaks Let's talk about productivity. One of the toughest areas to measure productivity is your crew. In any market, especially today, more contractors give up profit dollars... More

The Publisher Speaks

The Publisher Speaks What I want to talk about today is ways for you to develop new additional revenue streams. Since the housing bubble burst, our contractors have been scratching to try and stay afloat, and I find today we can no longer do business the way we did a few years ago. ... More