WANTED: Sustainable Landscape Services for Savvy Consumers


For decades, Billy Goodnick has been showing people how to create sustainable landscapes – and how to ditch their lawns. But don't think of me as a "bad guy," he says.... more

 

Santa Barbara Tightens Restrictions as Drought Worsens

Latest News With no end to the drought in sight, officials in Santa Barbara, California, have decided to impose more severe restrictions on water usage. The city council is expected to take up mandatory conserv ... More

Village Board to Limit Noise

Latest News  At a recent meeting, the village board of East Hampton, New York moved towards reducing the hours where work on construction and landscapes could be done. The new regulations are part of an on ... More

Former Landscape Employee Admits to Equipment Theft

Latest News When equipment suddenly went missing after the termination of an employee, Paige Lutomski, owner of Horizon Landscape in Hartland Township, Michigan, grew very suspicious. So on a hunch, she drove ... More

Trees Donated To Revive Landscape

Latest News  On March 2, 2012, 19 tornadoes devastated Kentucky, killing 22 people and destroyed hundreds of homes. The tornados also uprooted hundreds of thousands of trees, leaving a physical scar on the ... More

Alabama May Loosen Rules on Stormwater Runoff

Latest News A bill that would rewrite the rules for how local governments deal with storm water runoff is currently on the desk of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.  The bill would limit stormwater con ... More

Landscape Trailer Explodes

Latest News A landscape trailer owned by Salvador Landscaping, Chicago, Illinois, filled with equipment and gasoline, burst into flames Friday outside of a small park on a residential street in Rogers Park, Il ... More

Mama Means Business with Landscape Return

Latest News After about a decade spent raising her children, Valerie Young decided it was time to jump back into the landscape industry. She recently launched Young’s LawnScape based in Walton, Indiana, a new ... More

Crash Kills Landscaper; Teens Indicted

Latest News Octavio Herrera was mowing a customer’s lawn when he was struck by a pick-up truck. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. He underwent brain surgery in an attempt to save his li ... More

Landscape Professionals Volunteer Their Expertise

Latest News The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), a national association made up of landscape industry professionals, is getting ready to for its annual Day of Service on April 22.  On the Day of Se ... More

Eco-Friendly Vigilantes Run Tests to Nail Polluters

Latest News A special corps of volunteers, referred to as the Storm Water Assessment Team, or SWAT, has begun its hunt for the worst polluters in Los Angeles, California. Lara Meeker, the team’s leader, enco ... 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

 
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