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Paving for Profit

The word “landscape” is no longer merely just about dirt. In the 21st century, landscape contracting companies are also putting more emphasis on hardscapes, those hard-topped surfaces of all kinds that are part and parcel of exterior environments.   More
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Color Sells

Is it the ailing economy, or the stress and cost of travel? Maybe it’s the nesting instinct, or perhaps it’s a combination of all three. These days, more and more people aren’t heading to Honolulu or Paris or Istanbul for the big once-a-year getaway. Instead, they are doing what is known as the “staycation”   More
Friday, March 16, 2012

Digital Design Software

IF YOU ARE A NEWBIE TO THE WIZARDY of digital software for landscape, landscape lighting, and irrigation design, be prepared to be dazzled. With a few keystrokes or a simple click, drag, and drop on your laptop or desktop computer, you can create exciting knock-it-outof-the-ballpark photorealistic designs—and you can do it lightning fast.   More
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Excellence in Craftsmanship...A Garden of Calm

When the hospital renovated its underground conference center in the mid 2000s—the courtyard is actually the conference center’s old roof—it was also time to do something about the ‘monstrosity.’   More
Monday, January 16, 2012

Hitting the Springtime Ground...Running!

NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE, THERE’S always one glorious day in early spring that hollers to the world, “Winter’s over! Winter’s over!” The temperature is unseasonably warm. The sun is finally high enough in the sky that north-facing shrubs and trees, which haven’t tasted sunlight since autumn, are lit with lustrous, lemony light.   More
Friday, December 9, 2011

Using Software to Streamline Your Business

Even though you run a hands-on, labor-intensive company, you’ve probably already started computerizing your operations. First you took accounting online, then—hopefully—invested in a business management program.   More
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Reduce Risk with Firewise Landscaping

Landscape professionals, who provide services to residents in hillside or canyon communities that are in fire-prone areas, should be familiar with ways of minimizing their clients’ risk of losing their properties. A little planning when it comes.   More
Monday, October 17, 2011

Choosing the Right Trencher

One of the first things to look at is the size and scope of the projects you currently handle and those you’d like to take on in the near future. What is the depth and width of the trenches you need to dig? Do you work on large, wide-open commercial properties or more confined residential jobs?.   More
Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Great Outdoors

If you work in the residential market, opportunity abounds. With the economy trying to ease out of the doldrums, and the price of gasoline keeping families off the road, what a perfect time to look at the great outdoors of your client’s own backyard.   More
Thursday, June 16, 2011 Helen M. Stone

More Than Just Blocks

ARE RETAINING WALLS CONSTRUCTED WITH THE SOLE PURPOSE of holding back soil and preventing erosion? You’d be surprised at what some landscape designers and homeowners are using them for instead.   More
Thursday, April 14, 2011 Matt Thomas