Irrigation & Green Industry - Landscape Maintenance http://www.igin.com/articles.sec-62-1-landscape_maintenance.html <![CDATA[Mowers - ]]> If you say, "Landscape Business" to most people, they’ll immediately picture a lawnmower, and somebody pushing or riding it. Mowing grass is the iconic service of the green industry, and the place where  a lot of contractors got their start.]]> <![CDATA[Mowers... Getting 'em Ready for Spring - ]]> “I did a dumb thing last year but I learned a lesson,” said one landscape contractor, who requested anonymity. Because he was rushing to close down for the winter, he did not prepare his equipment for the winter layoff. When spring came, getting his equipment ready—especially his lawn mowers— presented many problems.]]> <![CDATA[Is Mowing Your Main Revenue Stream? - ]]> That’s the story for so many people in the green industry. As soon as they were tall enough and strong enough to push a mower, many budding landscape contractors began by cutting lawns for neighbors, to earn extra money after school and in the summer..]]> <![CDATA[MOWER MAINTENANCE - ]]> There’s an old adage that says, “Take care of the little things, and the big things will take care of themselves.” This may seem like a strange way to open a story about maintaining commercial zero-turn mowers; after all, they’re hardly “little things,” either in size or in cost.]]> <![CDATA[Which is Your Alternative Fuel Choice? - ]]> Have you noticed how expensive fuel costs are these days? Of course you have. No matter where you live in the country, the price for the lowest octane unleaded gasoline is well over $3.00 per gallon; for premium grades, it’s even higher. And in many places, diesel fuel prices are about the same as gasoline.]]> <![CDATA[Fuel Injection...it’s not just for hot rods anymore - ]]> Twenty to thirty years ago, a revolution swept through the automobile world like a hurricane—and now it’s making its impact on the green industry. Driven by rising gas prices in the 1970s and ’80s and tougher clean-air standards, changes were desperately needed under the hoods of American cars.]]> <![CDATA[Spraders and Sprayers... Essential Tools for Your Business - ]]>

‘The right tool for the right job’ is an old adage which, when followed, saves dollars and makes a lot of sense.

Your arsenal of equipment needs to be fairly extensive, due to the wide variety of services you offer your clients. To keep your company healthy, you need equipment that will do the best job in the shortest amount of time.

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<![CDATA[Prepping Your Lawns for Summer - ]]> <![CDATA[Managing Your Mowing - ]]> The modern commercial mower is an awesome beast. The things it can do, the power it has, the technology that goes into it are truly remarkable. You probably own several of them. As you know, this much mowing “firepower” doesn’t come cheap.]]> <![CDATA[Mowers: Versatile Machines - ]]> The last five years have been no piece of cake, but you’ve successfully stayed afloat by running a tight ship. That includes watching your pennies and trimming the fat. The bright side is that things are improving. Last year indicated that we’ve bottomed out and now we’re beginning to climb back up again.]]> <![CDATA[Make Money Mowing - ]]> If you’re a design/build landscape contractor, we don’t have to tell you that it’s been a tough go over the last few years. if you’ve been smart enough and lucky enough to stay in business during this recession, when many of your competitors closed their doors, you’ve had to run lean and mean to do it.]]> <![CDATA[Maintaining Your Equipment - ]]> One of the things we can count on in life is that nothing runs smoothly forever. If that wasn’t true, a lot more cars from the 1940s or even earlier would still be on the roads, instead of being the rare sights that they are. As with all mechanical devices, eventually something breaks or wears out.]]> <![CDATA[Top Dressing: How to Profit from this Add-On Service - ]]> Recent improvements in application technology have finally made it possible for landscape professionals in all sectors of the business to provide this valuable service. Top dressing is already considered essential in the maintenance of athletic fields and golf courses.]]> <![CDATA[Zero Turning Radius Mowers - ]]> Every contractor and landscape service provider knows that the lawn cutting business is more a marathon than a sprint.]]> <![CDATA[Landscape Maintenance - ]]> Few green industry providers have been untouched by today’s economic environment, and landscape construction companies are among the hardest hit. With fewer building projects in sight, companies are responding in different ways. Some are streamlining operations and putting their efforts into more creative advertising and marketing.]]> <![CDATA[Design/Build Companies Morph Into Maintenance - ]]> Have you ever designed and installed a beautiful landscape, just to see it become so overgrown that you´d never know it was designed and installed by a professional? Either the client let it get out of hand, or the person who was doing the maintenance really didin´t know how to care for plants. Well, who better to keep that landscape looking great, than the company who designed it?]]> <![CDATA[Growth Regulators: Trimming Costs with BioScience - ]]> How much time do you spend shaving every morning? No matter if you use an electric or straight-edge razor, or how close the cut, you have to shave again the next day and the next, and the next.]]> <![CDATA[How to train your mowing crew - ]]> My mother always said, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” This worked fine when she was a homemaker, but once she started her own business, Mom soon realized that the only thing she was doing right by following her motto was making herself frustrated and completely exhausted at the end of the day. It didn’t take her long to adopt a new philosophy: If you want something done right, you have to train others to do it the right way and trust that they will follow your example. ]]> <![CDATA[Cover More Ground with Zero-Turn Riding Mowers - ]]> IF YOU THOUGHT THE TERM ‘GOING in circles’ meant spinning your wheels and not making any progress, when it comes to the landscape profession, you couldn’t be more wrong.]]> <![CDATA[Prepping Your Equipment for Winter - ]]> Doesn’t it seem like it was only last week when you were applying fall fertilizer and cheering your favorite team to win the World Series? Now, Halloween trick-ortreaters have come and gone, the Thanksgiving feast is just a memory, and you’re starting to feel Jack Frost nipping at your nose.]]>