Lawn Infestations Raise Red Flag

Latest News A long-dormant virus that can weaken Floratam turf, a popular form of St. Augustine, has reemerged in Palm Beach County, Florida. The sugarcane mosaic virus, which was discovered in the 1960s, a ... More

Statewide Winter Fertilizer Ban

Latest News According to Delaware state regulations, lawn care companies throughout the state may not apply fertilizers to turf during the winter months. <>The Delaware Nutrient Management Commi ... More

Company’s Trucks Set on Fire

Latest News Albemarle Landscapes and Tree Service in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, was recently victimized by arsonists and vandals. Their new bucket truck, dump truck and a customized tool truck were burne ... More

Snow Plow Driver Attacked

Latest News A Lockport, New York man, Charlie Zanghi, was arrested and charged with second-degree harassment. He was upset with how a snowplow driver was interfering with traffic. According to police, Za ... More

Landscaper Pleads Guilty after Maiming Dog

Latest News Jay Testa, a Goshen, Indiana landscaper, pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty after maiming a client’s dog with his lawn mower. Testa faces a maximum of one year in jail on the m ... More

How to Chainsaw a Tree

Latest News In the United States, there are more than 30,000 chainsaw-related injuries every year. Most occur when contractors make arbitrary cuts straight across the trunk without completely understand ... More

City Terminates Snow Plow Vendor

Latest News Springfield, Massachusetts, is scrambling to hire a new snow plow vendor after its longtime local contractor appears to have crumbled to tax debt. The deletion of Northeast Grounds Management ... More

Toro Company sees Double Digit Growth

Latest News In its 100th anniversary year, The Toro Company, Bloomington, Minnesota, saw net sales increase 6.4 percent to $2.173 billion. Net earnings for the fiscal year were up from $154.8 million i ... More

Grasshopper Named 2014 Company of the Year

Latest News The Grasshopper Company, Moundridge, Kansas, was chosen by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Chapter 52, as 2014 Company of the Year. Stan Guyer, Grasshopper company president, accepted ... More

Husqvarna Sells Off Turf Care Equipment Brand

Latest News Husqvarna has announced the sale of Bluebird International, its turf care equipment brand, to TEC International, based out of Auburn Hills, Michigan. The BlueBird brand, sales and manufacturing ... 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