Irrigation & Green Industry - Landscape Maintenance <![CDATA[The Implications of Uncontrolled Runoff in Landscape Irrigation - ]]>

Uncontrolled runoff in landscape irrigation systems has presented a problem for our industry for many years. Low head drainage is not only common throughout residential and commercial landscapes, it is ubiquitous.

<![CDATA[Case Study: Technology Increases A Contractor’s Productivity - ]]> In today's environment, the pressure to be competitive is enormous. Without implementing time management systems and using the tools and technology that are available, it is a foregone conclusion that you and your company will always be fighting for more time, productivity and profit.

Take Kyle Carlisle, who in 2006 started Carlisle Land Management, LLC.

<![CDATA[Mowing is a Large Part of Landscape Maintenance - ]]> Landscape maintenance businesses are a very hot topic these days. If managed properly, they can turn into billion-dollar revenue streams, a fact which has, by no surprise, caught the eye of many financial institutions. Private equity firms seem to be snatching up landscape companies, and at good multiples. But they aren’t the only ones who are sitting up and paying attention; so are landscape contractors themselves. There seems to have been more activity in the last six months than in the two years prior combined.]]> <![CDATA[Mower Add-Ons - ]]> Remember the old “Batman” TV show? If you do, you may recall that no matter what dire situation he and Robin got into, courtesy of some supervillain, the Caped Crusader would have some gizmo in his utility belt that he could pull out at the last second and save the day.]]> <![CDATA[Winterizing Your Mowers - ]]> In a large swath of the country, the coming of fall and winter means that annual chores need to get done before the weather turns bitter. Storm windows are put up, snow tires are put on, outdoor furniture is covered or put away.]]> <![CDATA[Choosing the Right Mower - ]]> It’s not unlike what happens when it comes time to choose a new commercial mower (or mowers) for your landscape business. There are plenty of good, solid, quality mowers out there, that’s not the problem. It’s deciding which mower, with what features, is right for you and your operation.]]> <![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’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.

<![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.]]>