Tips to Prevent Freeze Damage

Latest News The shock of below-freezing temperatures a few days after balmy weather has proven to be fatal to many residential landscapes around the country. Landscape professionals and homeowners were caught o ... More

Hardscape Award Winners Announced

Latest News Once a year, the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Brick Industry Association, and National Concrete Masonry Association combine forces for the HNA Hardscape Project Awards. This year, the ... More

Man Arrested for Second Lawn Mower Theft

Latest News Chadwick Scott Pinkerton, a resident of Knoxville, Tennessee, has been charged in a second commercial lawn mower theft after being arrested earlier in the month. Pinkerton, 27, was booked into the ... More

Irrigation Association Named WaterSense Partner

Latest News For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named the Irrigation Association (IA) as WaterSense Partner of the Year. A select few partners are recognize ... More

Small Engine Fuels Big Ideas

Latest News LiquidPiston Inc., Bloomfield, Connecticut, has released an iPhone-sized gasoline-powered engine that could lead to quieter lawn mowers and lighter handheld outdoor power equipment. Weighing ... More

Toro Sponsors E3 Program

Latest News The Toro Company is showing their support for the Irrigation Foundation’s Irrigation E3 Program. Recently, at the Irrigation Show & Education Conference in Phoenix, Toro presented the Foundati ... More

Michelin Announces “Tweel” Production

Latest News Although it hasn’t gone mainstream yet, combining a tire and wheel in a single airless ‘tweel’ is a popular concept. Michelin has announced it will open a factory in Piedmont, South Carolina, ... More

Guinness World Record Set

Latest News Eli Kean, marketing manager for Dixie Chopper, set the Guinness World Record for “Largest Area of Grass Mowed by a Single-Deck Ride-On Lawn Mower in 24 Hours.”  The event took place in mid- ... More

BOB-CAT Zero Turn Mower Recall

Latest News Schiller Grounds Care’s manufacturing plant in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin, has recalled approximately 4,900 of its BOB-CAT CRZ and XRZ zero-turn riding mowers. The company has received repor ... More

Unlicensed Contractors Nabbed

Latest News California officials have nabbed 112 unlicensed contractors during a statewide sting targeting illegal home repairs. The suspects could face criminal charges for contracting without a license. ... 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