EAB Finds New Host

Latest News The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive green tree beetle native to Asia, has widened its host range. Known to destroy ash trees, it has also begun to eat the white fringetree, (Chionanthus virgini ... More

Drought Results in Innovative Landscapes

Latest News As a response to California’s drought emergency, the Calleguas Municipal Water District is taking drastic measures to conserve water one yard at a time. Their “Lose the Lawn” rebate camp ... More

Remote-Controlled Mower

Latest News For the past few months, landscape crews in Gladstone, Australia, have been using the Robocut, a remote-controlled mower, to cut grass on banks. With just one person operating the Robocut, it ca ... More

Sunlight Helps Prevent Mega-Drought

Latest News While California may have a deficit on water, it makes up for the shortage with an abundance of sunlight. WaterFX, an independent water producer in California, wants to use this overflow as a potent ... More

Briggs & Stratton Q1 2015 Results

Latest News Engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton has announced the results for the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year, which ended on September 28th. Adjusted diluted loss-per-share for the quarter was ... More

Irrigation Sprinkler Standard Released

Latest News Based on a newly released standard, the American National Standard Institute (ANSI), the International Code Council (ICC) and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (AS ... More

Hustler Turf Turns 50

Latest News Hustler Turf recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a dealer event in Orlando, Florida. Based in Hesston, Kansas, Hustler Turf created the world’s first zero-turn mower in 1964 and has rema ... More

Owner Lies about Thefts

Latest News A landscape company owner was arrested for falsely claiming that his equipment was stolen and collecting the insurance money for it. Marco DiPietro of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, told local police tha ... More

Kohhler Engines Names New President

Latest News Brian Melka has been promoted to president – Engines Americas, following Tom Cromwell’s appointment to group president at Kohler Company’s Power Group last month. He assumes full responsibility ... More

Scotts Subsidiary Acquires Action Pest Control

Latest News Scotts Miracle-Grow Company has announced that its subsidiary, EG Systems, Inc., has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Action Pest Control, Inc. EG Systems does business as Scotts LawnService ... 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