City Offers Loans for Switching to Reclaimed Water

Latest News Homeowners associations in Chandler, Arizona, can now obtain five-year loans from the city to convert the landscape irrigation systems on their properties to use reclaimed water, rather than drinkin ... More

Facebook Used Against Equipment Burglars

Latest News Two men were caught on security cameras, sifting through trailers at the office of DiNunzio Landscaping and Snowplowing in Willowick, Ohio. Although nothing was taken from the property, police are l ... More

Landscapes Can Enhance Security

Latest News A property’s landscape can be more than just decorative. It can also be useful in keeping away pests and burglars, according to Angie Hicks, founder of the website Angie’s List. In a recent colu ... More

Mowing From a Smartphone

Latest News Smartphone applications have granted people the ability to order everything on-demand from their phones--from a pizza to a ride home. Now they can order up a service for their lawns. Mowz is a free ... More

Alleged Thief Gets Mulch More Than He Bargained For

Latest News Lawrence Waltrip III, 58, owner of Signature Mulch in James City, Virginia, is accused of stealing more than $11,000 worth of mulch from a supplier and using it to supplement his own invent ... More

Landscape Facility Violates Court Order

Latest News The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has cited JR Custom Landscaping, Jackson Township, for violating a 2011 court order to stop all production of topsoil, compost and mul ... More

Toro Distributor Award Recipients

Latest News Each year, The Toro Company recognizes distributor personnel for their work in the customer-focused sales program. Jimmy Wheaton, CSE, of Turf Star, Inc., received the prestigious Green ... More

City Council Mandates Contractor Registration

Latest News After reports of wage theft and other labor-related violations, the city council in Princeton, New Jersey, has passed an ordinance requiring landscape contractors to register with the city. C ... More

Family’s Yard Unfinished Due to Failed Contract

Latest News A Brunswick, Ohio, woman was excited to build her dream home, but a failed landscaping contract has left her living with a mess for nearly a year. Raven Kauffman paid a landscape company $5,500 ... More

Thieves Steal Landscape Equipment from Businesses

Latest News New Jersey state police have arrested two men accused of stealing more than $19,000 in landscaping equipment from businesses in and around Trenton. Eugene Reeves has been charged with burglary and t ... 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