Drought Causes New Rules

Latest News The ongoing drought has forced elected officials in Amarillo, Texas, to revise their rules regarding commercial landscapes. Starting September 5th, only half of the material on businesses’ landsca ... More

Tree Trimming Helicopter Crash

Latest News Tree trimming services don’t usually involve a helicopter—especially not one piloted by the tree trimmer. But that was the story in Logan County, Ohio, when a pilot lost control of his tree trim ... More

Company to Pay Back Wages

Latest News A landscape company owes 164 employees a cumulative $185,270 in back wages and damages. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division determined that Frank Carson L ... More

Buyer Beware: E-15 Might Cost You More Than You Think

Latest News Contractors near the Midwest might want to think twice before pumping gas, because eighty or so stations in the region now carry E-15. The ethanol-blend fuel, according to many sources, can ... More

Contractor Dumps Mess on City Property

Latest News Cleaning up after yourself is one of the first that you’re taught as a child. But according to police in Gloucester Township, New Jersey, Donald Grasso, owner of Grasso’s Landscaping Servic ... More

Back Wages Cost Landscape Company Big Bucks

Latest News Labor regulators in Salem, Oregon, say that a local landscape company has paid more than $20,000 to cover back wages to its employees. According to regulators, Green Thumb Landscaping failed ... More

HOA Bans Synthetic Turf

Latest News Even though Murphy, Texas, is one of several cities in the state under Stage 3 watering restrictions, a local HOA still fought to ban synthetic turf. After debating the issue, Murphy’s city co ... More

Contractor Threatened by Mayor Over Retaining Wall

Latest News A landscape contractor in Kulpont, Pennsylvania, was threatened by the city’s mayor because work on a retaining wall was allegedly taking too long. According to police, Mayor Bernard Novakosk ... More

Painting Brown Lawns Green

Latest News As the drought in California continues and lawns across the state get browner by the day, landscape companies across the state have found a new way to generate business: painting. Many contractors h ... More

Who Has the Healthiest Roots in America?

Latest News On a quest to unearth the healthiest turf roots in America, Holganix announced its second annual “Holganix Roots for You!” competition. Set for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the competition is div ... 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