Contractor Faces Labor Lawsuit

Latest News The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Carl’s Landscape Service of Arpin, Wisconsin, and its owner Darrell Kasner. The lawsuit claims that the company retaliated against employe ... More

Buyers’ Remorse over Artificial Turf

Latest News A major selling point artificial turf companies tout is that their turf requires less maintenance and can be used more than grass. This long-term savings pitch makes it appealing to consumers. ... More

RVi Acquires NJB

Latest News Newman, Jackson, Bieberstein Inc. (NJB), a Dallas, Texas-based landscape firm, has been acquired by Austin-based contractor RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture for an undisclosed amount. This ... More

Trees Don’t Need Band-Aids

Latest News Just like humans, trees can get injured. Whether from improper pruning or an out-of-control string trimmer, trees can get serious wounds. If not treated properly, they can result in disease or ... More

Husqvarna Q3 Earnings Up

Latest News Swedish equipment manufacturer Husqvarna posted its third quarter earnings recently. The company experienced a larger-than-expected rise, helped along by cost savings and higher sales volumes. Earni ... More

Toro to Acquire BOSS

Latest News The Toro Company ((NYSE: TTC) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the BOSS professional snow and ice management business of privately-held Northern Star Industr ... More

Pond Professionals Receive Free Pass

Latest News The International Professional Pond Companies Association (IPPCA) has announced that it will offer anyone in the green industry a free pass to the Irrigation Association Trade Show, as well as the o ... More

EAB Finds New Host

Latest News The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive green tree beetle native to Asia, has widened its host range. Known to destroy ash trees, it has also begun to eat the white fringetree, (Chionanthus virgini ... More

Drought Results in Innovative Landscapes

Latest News As a response to California’s drought emergency, the Calleguas Municipal Water District is taking drastic measures to conserve water one yard at a time. Their “Lose the Lawn” rebate camp ... More

Remote-Controlled Mower

Latest News For the past few months, landscape crews in Gladstone, Australia, have been using the Robocut, a remote-controlled mower, to cut grass on banks. With just one person operating the Robocut, it ca ... 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