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

Composting With a Purpose

Latest News A new composting operation on the East Coast is diverting green waste from landfills and providing valuable soil amendments to Western New York green infrastructure projects and area property o ... More

Know the Signs of When to Fertilize Trees

Latest News Multiple types of diseases and pests can infect the growth of a tree. But sometimes symptoms that look like they were caused by infections are merely the result of a lack of fertilizer. Knowing ... More

Crafting a Salt-Loving Plant

Latest News Climate change is resulting in increased salinity in soil, and some scientists are scrambling to find ways to adapt plants to harsh conditions.  Lucky for them, a group of salt loving plan ... More

App Helps Design Landscape Lighting Systems

Latest News Earth Conscious Apps, a company located in Zephyrhills, Florida has developed an app called Landscape Lighting Toolkit. It features electrical calculators and tutorials to help landscape lighting d ... More

Water Footprint is Shrinking

Latest News Results from the U.S. Geological Survey found some good news on the water front. While the U.S. population has grown by about 105 million people since 1970, water use has hit a historic low. The sur ... More

Early Snow Puts Crunch on Landscapers

Latest News Many landscapers are taking the snow removal business seriously. It provides great business in what has traditionally been known as an off-season. This year, however, while many are still wo ... More

Protect Your Eyes

Latest News Nearly 2.5 million eye injuries occur every year in the United States. Around half of those cases result in a degree of vision loss. Most of these injuries could have been prevented if the pers ... More

Plowz & Mowz App in High Demand

Latest News As the days grow colder, more and more landscape professionals are packing up their lawn mowers and hauling out their snowplows. Instead of hibernating away during the winter months, contractor ... More

Ford Hedges Bet on New F-150

Latest News By now, you’ve probably heard about Ford’s new F-150. The truck’s new aluminum body makes it about 700 pound lighters than last year’s model. The move is especially risky considering the F-1 ... 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