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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

Landscape Fabric: A Chemical-Free Alternative

There are few jobs as monotonous, back breaking and unfulfilling as digging out weeds. If you’re providing landscape maintenance services, cutting down the amount of time you spend nurturing a virtually weed-free area should be a priority.   More
Thursday, April 14, 2011 MARY J. LOHNES

Computer-Aided Design: Bringing Your Concept to Life

Kirk Engle of New Jersey and Aron Hoffman of Hawaii are separated by the entire breadth of the continental United States and a fair expanse of the Pacific Ocean   More
Thursday, February 17, 2011 KEVIN DOYLE

Excellence in Craftsmanship

Driving on an ordinary road that twists and turns up a residential hill just outside of Los Angeles, one would never know that situated a few steps above street level there exists a piece of Hollywood magic that would rival any studio backlot.   More
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 ROBIN WESTMILLER

Buy, Lease, Rent


IT’S HARD TO NOT BE BEDAZZLED BY THE PROSPECT OF A NEW piece of equipment. Hypnotized by its brilliance, you start coming up with the reasons to justify the purchase of this gleaming unit.   More
Saturday, December 18, 2010

Planting All Year Round...An Untraditional Approach

Is there any benefit to planting native plants at various times during the late summer and early fall? The answer is yes, and for a myriad of reasons. Late summer and early fall plantings allow the plants to push roots before the winter begins.    More
Monday, October 18, 2010