Bill Calls For Fake Grass Lawns

Latest News Artificial grass is not a new concept, but it may be the next big thing for clients in homeowner associations (HOAs) in California. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzales recently pitched a bill that would a ... More

Landscape Contractor Gets One Year in Jail

Latest News Nicholas Lepore of Deptford, New Jersey, was ordered to serve one year and a day in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Jersey. He is charged with tax evasion. Lepor ... More

Contractor Goes Super Green

Latest News One man’s passion for the landscape business has inspired him to invent a soil degradable mulch bag. Bob Hawkinson, owner of Total Lawn Care in Jacksonville, Florida, designed his “Weed Recede�� ... More

Veteran Accuses Contractor of Scam

Latest News An army veteran of 25 years is accusing a design/ build landscape contractor of scamming him in Lithia, Florida. Veteran Marc Debearn hired New Age Hardscapes, Inc., to create a backyard and outdoor ... More

Landscape Contractor’s Collecting Hobby Pays Off

Latest News They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. This is particularly true in Gig Harbor, Washington, where landscaper Steve Wilkin found a movie poster worth hundreds of thousands of dollars ... More

Fraudulent Worker’s Comp Scam

Latest News A landscaper in Quincy, Massachusetts, is done crying wolf over a work injury. Paulo DeSilva, 53, finally pleaded guilty to worker’s compensation fraud charges.  He was first arraigned more ... More

Cold States Expect Snow Mold This Spring

Latest News Given the large amount snow blanketing and piling in parts of the nation, landscape contractors can expect to do heavy raking as part of their spring routine. This is because the 2014/15 winter cond ... More

NBA’s Tree Planting Campaign

Latest News As part of NBA (National Basketball Association) Green Week--from March 22-29--teams throughout the NBA will be working with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant a tree each time #NBAGreen is posted by ... More

Muirfield Village Golf Superintendent to Hold Webinar

Latest News On March 25 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Paul Latshaw, one of the golf industry’s most respected superintendents, will hold a free webinar. He will discuss his experience with sustainable products; i ... More

A New Milestone for John Deere

Latest News Mowing over their old sales numbers, John Deere recently reached a milestone when they completed the 500,000th unit of their ZTrak mower. “Producing the 500,000th machine is a significant mile ... 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