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Power Tools Make the Job Easier


Landscape
Picture a Stone Age landscape contractor, perhaps a contemporary of Fred Flintstone’s. let’s Call him Ogg.Engaged by the local cave owners’ association to cut their lawns, Ogg the prehistoric contractor and his crew had to get down on their knees and tear each blade of grass by hand. It took days to do a single lawn; the payment of mastodon skins and woolly mammoth tusks hardly seemed worth it    More
 
Friday, June 15, 2012

Concrete Curbing Offers Opportunities


Landscape
If you're like many in the landscape business, just trying to keep your doors open has been a challenge these last few years. With fewer new homes being built and many of your former clients who have either cut back on spending for landscaping or lost their homes entirely, you’ve been busy just trying to stay afloat. You haven’t had time to think about growing your business. But you’re a survivor   More
 
Friday, June 15, 2012

Multi-Use Landscape Fabric


Landscape
Would you believe an advertisement for a product that can do absolutely everything? Just imagine the late-night infomercial: Breathless pitchman going a mile a minute...It’s a microwave oven . . . and a shoe polisher! It’s a tennis racquet . . . and an urban assault vehicle!   More
 
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Jeff Gottesfeld

Paving for Profit


Landscape
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


Landscape
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


Landscape
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


Landscape
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!


Landscape
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


Landscape
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
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