City Council Mandates Contractor Registration

Latest News After reports of wage theft and other labor-related violations, the city council in Princeton, New Jersey, has passed an ordinance requiring landscape contractors to register with the city. C ... More

Family’s Yard Unfinished Due to Failed Contract

Latest News A Brunswick, Ohio, woman was excited to build her dream home, but a failed landscaping contract has left her living with a mess for nearly a year. Raven Kauffman paid a landscape company $5,500 ... More

Thieves Steal Landscape Equipment from Businesses

Latest News New Jersey state police have arrested two men accused of stealing more than $19,000 in landscaping equipment from businesses in and around Trenton. Eugene Reeves has been charged with burglary and t ... More

Adoption Program for Township

Latest News The Mayor and Township Council for Roxbury Township, New Jersey, has invited local landscape companies to an Adopt-a-Spot program for the township’s high-profile locations. Local landscaping c ... More

Hoax Scares New York Mower Owners

Latest News Landscape contractors in New York got a big scare recently, when a rumor began to circulate that all riding lawn mowers had to undergo mandatory inspections by August 15. If the mowers were not ... More

ODOT Attempts to Fire Contractor

Latest News The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) ordered Linkel Company, Batesville, Indiana, to stop all work on ODOT projects after receiving numerous complaints as well as a serious traffic accident. ... More

City Cycles for Green Landscapes

Latest News He was inspired by an article in an industry trade magazine about a parks department in Michigan that uses bicycles and trailers to haul their landscape gear. Patrick McIntosh, landscape hortic ... More

Contractor’s Revenue Boosted 1,400 Percent

Latest News After a training exercise injured his vision, Kevin Knight was honorably discharged from the Army. He then went back to school, getting both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. In 200 ... More

Suspected Mower Theft Kingpin Arrested

Latest News The alleged head of a lawn mower theft ring was recently arrested in Newberry County, South Carolina. The suspect, Santerrio Montinez Smith, 25, led authorities on a wild goose chase until he f ... More

Montgomery County Water Rates to Rise

Latest News Because of the costs of new distribution systems, water rates in Montgomery County, Texas, are increasing. Starting September 1, the groundwater reduction plan fees on consumers’ water bills will ... 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

 
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