“Lawn Care by U.S. Citizens”

Latest News A landscape contractor in Kingwood, Texas, has sparked an immigration debate with the sign on his truck. It reads, “Lawn Care by U.S. Citizens” in bold, red and white print. Randy Kirk made t ... More

4,000 Trees to be Planted in Detroit

Latest News The Greening of Detroit, a nonprofit group that supports urban restoration, is planning to plant 4,000 trees in the city of Detroit. The group, working with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department ... More

The Risk of an IRS Tax Audit

Latest News The national tax return deadline may have passed, but green industry professionals aren’t necessarily out of the woods with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). According to the tax experts, there ... More

Landscape Business Owner Criticizes Green Industry

Latest News At a meeting for environmentalists in Evanston, Illinois, landscape business owner Marc Wise addressed the crowd. “How many of you are frustrated with landscape companies?” asked Wise, of Greenw ... More

Emerald Ash Borer Epidemic

Latest News If you hear the sound of a tree falling in Granville, Ohio, chances are it’s an ash tree. This is because the emerald ash borer is destroying trees at a devastating rate, and officials must take p ... More

Raw Water Irrigation Alternative

Latest News The idea of a real, lush, green lawn is almost sinful under growing drought conditions. Many places are scrambling for compromise with drip irrigation or limited outdoor watering. Some are doing awa ... More

Water Cutbacks Inspire Landscape Businesses

Latest News While the green industry is traditionally focused on cultivating thirsty grass turf, landscape businesses in drought-stricken California have found a way to profit from the recent water cutbacks. On ... More

City Wants to “Educate” Leaf Blower Operators

Latest News When it comes to a clean, manicured lawn, everyone seems to be on board… until the noisy tools needed to maintain the clean aesthetic are brought out. Noise associated with leaf blower use has bee ... More

This Digging Season, Call 811

Latest News With spring season in full gear, there’s yet another concept to tack on to April’s lawn care theme:  digging. The nationwide association Common Ground Alliance (CGA) has proclaimed that Ap ... More

Making the Switch from Gas to Propane

Latest News Various environmental issues have been plagued the nation--drought, carbon footprints and pollution--and the landscape industry has, unfortunately, been a contributor. To reduce their role in aggrav ... 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