Here Comes the Rain

Latest News Rain has finally come to Texas. Areas of the central, eastern and western parts of the state reported rainfall up to 8” recently. The rainfall, spurred on by remnants of Hurricane Odile, was enoug ... More

Better ROI for Green Roofs and Walls

Latest News An analysis done by Lux Research estimates that costs for building-integrated vegetation (BIV), such as green roofs and walls, will go down by 28% over the next three years. According to the rep ... More

Toro Pays Dividends

Latest News Toro has announced that it will pay a quarterly dividend of 20 cents a share on October 14th to stockholders of record on September 29th. The company’s annualized dividend is now at 80 cents, rep ... More

Healthy Turf – Healthy Kids

Latest News Local contractors are leading the charge in revitalizing the sports fields, yards and parks in Cleveland, Ohio. They’ll be overseeding, aerating and fertilizing the grass in green spaces throughou ... More

Mega Mower Maintains Airport

Latest News When your task is mowing the lawn at the airport, to say you have a lot of ground to cover would be a gross understatement. The grass must constantly be at just the right length to keep away birds a ... More

Noise Gets Gun Threats

Latest News Let’s face it: landscape maintenance work can get loud. One 26-year-old woman in Ormond Beach, Florida, was so bothered by the sound that she pulled a gun on the landscaper. According to reports, ... More

First Motorized Mower Restored

Latest News One of the last remaining models of the Ransomes, the first motorized lawn mower ever made, has been restored by a British mower enthusiast. Andrew Hall, a gardener, spent four years and £7,000, or ... More

Owner Steals Employee Info

Latest News The owner of landscape maintenance company Superb Services in Grand Forks, North Dakota, was convicted of deceptive writings in state court. An employee of the company got a call from a property man ... More

Contractor Pays 300K for Violations

Latest News A landscape company has been found guilty of exploiting foreign laborers. The U.S. Department of Labor has charged Ultimate Services Professional Grounds Management Inc. of Wolcott, Connecticut, $30 ... More

Oregon Man Gets Time Behind Bars for Harvesting Rainwater

Latest News Jail time is probably the last thing that you’d expect for going ‘green.’ But that’s exactly what happened, according to Gary Harrington, when he began harvesting rainwater on his property ... 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