Is Getting Greener Worth the Cost?

Latest News David Drotzmann, the mayor of Hermiston, Oregon, recently provided a rare, tie-breaking vote which approved a public hearing process for the city’s first landscape ordinance. Although it faces opp ... More

Air Condensate has Landscape Irrigation Potential

Latest News The San Diego International Airport in San Diego, California, has found a way to make water from thin air. The water comes from the air conditioners on passenger bridges at eight different gates, lo ... More

Mower Company Alliance to End

Latest News John Deere, at their Cary, North Carolina offices, and Wright Manufacturing, at their Frederick, Maryland offices, made twin announcements recently, signaling an end to their partnership. Both compa ... More

Online Pesticide Licensing

Latest News Contractors in the state of Maryland can now look forward to easier pesticide licensing and renewal processes. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has recently launched their online Pestici ... More

Emerald Ash Borer Spreading

Latest News A new detection of an invasive pest has been positively identified after a larva sample was collected from a city-owned tree in Grinnell, Iowa on June 16th of this year. This raises the total of con ... More

Alcohol, Landscaping and Firearms Don’t Mix

Latest News Michael Testa of Westlake, Ohio, is out on a $10,000 bond after holding a landscape contractor at gunpoint. Testa, 67, recently appeared in municipal court for charges including abduction, aggravate ... More

New Rating System for Green Landscapes

Latest News Following a two-year pilot program, U.S.-based Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) has launched its new rating system, SITES, for developing sustainable landscapes on sites with or without buil ... More

Landscape Contractor Fraud Update

Latest News In August of 2014, we covered a story about Jesse Garcia Contreras, owner of Sunshine Landscape in Thousand Palms, California. Prosecutors alleged that Contreras had hidden the existence of tree tri ... More

Lawn Company Owner Killed Over Business

Latest News Richard Greene, the sole employee of King’s Lawn Service in Jacksonville, Florida, is facing 10 charges of fraud and theft, in addition to murder. Greene, 44, a registered sex offender, allegedly ... More

Trees Versus Grass?

Latest News Albuquerque, New Mexico, is hot--really hot. According to the research group Climate Central, in 2014 Albuquerque had the second most intense heat-island effect in the U.S. When temperatures rise ab ... More

And Rain Will Make The Flowers Grow

The Publisher Speaks ...And Rain Will Make The Flowers Grow ... 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