Drought Shaming

Latest News Ever the pilot light for the quick and the glib, Twitter is host to the latest social media push on the California drought, #droughtshaming. Activists, neighbors, and anyone who is just waking up to ... More

Water Stolen from Landscape Company

Latest News A 500-gallon water tanker was stolen from a landscaping site in hills of Oakland, California. The Marksman tanker, owned by Marina Landscape, was half-full, and valued at as much as $4,900. Local ... More

Spring and Summer Threats to Turf and Landscape Plants

Latest News Take-All Root Rot (TARR) is a fungal disease that causes weak, brown, and dead patches in turfgrass. This fungal disease can affect St. Augustine, Centipede and Bermuda grass lawns. TARR disease can ... More

Incentive Program Fuels Propane Purchases

Latest News Since the Propane Mower Incentive Program began three years ago, almost 3,000 applications have been submitted by landscape contractors seeking funds to purchase propane-powered mowers, or convert t ... More

Billy Goat Industries Acquired

Latest News Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Briggs & Stratton recently acquired Billy Goat Industries of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. The purchase is estimated to have been $26 million. Billy Goat manufactures s ... More

$50 Million Funded Toward Water Reuse Projects

Latest News The U.S. Secretary of the Interior announced that the federal government will invest $50 million in water reuse and conservation projects in 12 western states, according to a press release. The f ... More

Landscape Owner Commits $7.2 Million Tax Fraud

Latest News The owner of landscape business “Las Tres Mujeres” in Parksley, Delaware, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count each of conspiracy to defraud the governm ... More

Toro Record Second Quarter Results

Latest News The Toro Company reported net earnings of $93.8 million, or $1.64 per share, on a net sales increase of 10.9 percent to $826.2 million for its second quarter, which ended May 1, 2015. These results ... More

‘Robin’ Leaves Nest with Sizeable Seed Money

Latest News In Dallas, Austin and Houston, the new lawn care service provider Robin launched last week. The Dallas-based company lets users price, schedule and pay for lawn maintenance services online; it charg ... More

America's Love of Landscaping

Latest News According to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP—formerly the Professional Landcare Network) and the Harris Poll in Herndon, Virginia, 91 percent ... More

And Rain Will Make The Flowers Grow

The Publisher Speaks ...And Rain Will Make The Flowers Grow ... 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