Grounds Guys Parent Company Acquired

Latest News The Dwyer Group, the Waco, Texas-based holding company that owns landscape franchise The Grounds Guys, has been reacquired by its old owner, private equity firm The Riverside Company. Terms of t ... More

Company Owner Steals $100K from Elderly Man

Latest News A landscape contractor has been sentenced to a year in jail for bilking an elderly, mentally impaired man out of $100,000 in The Villages, Florida. The contractor, Brian Stanley Pacific, who owns a ... More

Customer Stabs Worker Over Grass Clippings

Latest News A 19-year-old landscape worker has been stabbed in the arm, and his 70-year-old client is charged with second-degree felonious assault. The violence erupted when client John P. Fenwick accused t ... More

Local Industry Helps Push Biodiesel

Latest News Landscape companies around Braddock, Pennsylvania, are moving away from fossil fuels. Many frequent Fossil Free Fuel, a local gas station that offers biodiesel fuels. Biodiesel is a mix of regular di ... More

Landscapes of the Future?

Latest News As a sign of what the industry could look like in coming years, the city of Columbia, Missouri, has opened up applications for its award program for environmentally-sound landscapes. Dubbed the Mayo ... More

New Weed Found

Latest News Contractors have a new enemy in the field. Researchers have identified a new type of weed that spreads easily, taking turf by storm. Known as kyllinga, it thrives in wet sunny environments but c ... More

Land Bridge Blends Natural and Manmade

Latest News Commuters driving along Highway 14 in Vancouver, Washington, can witness a truly ambiguous feat of architecture: a new land bridge heavily covered in vegetation. Two Seattle-based landscape arch ... More

Inc. Magazine Recognizes Holganix

Latest News Inc. magazine ranked Holganix as No. 186 on its 33rd annual Inc. 500 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest growing, privately-held companies. This represents the most comprehensive lo ... More

Toro Breaks Q3 Earning Records

Latest News Toro’s earnings grew by 11.3% in the third quarter, for a record-breaking $567.5 million in earnings, according to a recent report. Retail demand was strong for the manufacturer’s professional p ... More

Water District Offers High Rebates for Turf Exchange

Latest News The Western Municipal Water District in Riverside, California, recently approved an action to increase their turf rebate for select commercial customers to $5 per square foot. The district hopes tha ... 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