Make Irrigation Installations Easier


Irrigation
You gotta love technology—cell phones, digital video recorders, tablet devices… how did we ever live without them? Seems like some new gizmo rolls out every day. It’s tough to keep up with it all. Irrigation contractors haven’t been left out of this revolution.   More
 
Friday, August 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Valves & Valve Boxes


Valves
If you think of an irrigation system as somewhat similar to the human circulatory system, it may be a little easier to understand how it works. Although there are other components that make up an irrigation system, for purposes of this article we will address only valves and valve boxes, taking into consideration that the valves being installed are underground.   More
 
Monday, June 16, 2014 Adam Whelan

Five Tips to Better Manage Your Crew


Business Articles
Landscaping has long been a part of my life. As a lifelong entrepreneur, I started my Detroit-area landscape company when I was 19. In the process of learning the business, managing my own crew, and dealing with the unexpected challenges of being a first-time business owner, I’ve made plenty of mistakes.   More
 
Friday, May 16, 2014 PAUL PROCTOR

Unraveling the New Tax Laws


Business Articles
The american taxpayer relief act of 2012 (atra) made many existing tax laws permanent, while extending others through 2013, causing many taxpayers to be taken by surprise this year when they begin to file their taxes. despite all of those ‘no new taxes’-type promises, tax bills edge higher for a number of taxpayers for the 2013 tax year.   More
 
Friday, March 14, 2014

Rent? Lease? Buy?


Business Articles
Maybe you’ve always believed that renting and leasing is not the way for you to go, since it usually costs more in the long run. But making big monthly payments, or coming up with a sizable down payment right now, means you’ll have to cut back somewhere else; maybe even letting someone go.   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

July Smart Irrigation Month


Irrigation
July has arrived, which means that Smart Irrigation Month is in full swing. Do you have your Smart team in place? To make things a little more interesting, the Irrigation Association (IA) is having a Smart Irrigation Month Marketing contest; Hunter Industries is also having one.   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Costing Out an Irrigation System


Irrigation
No matter what our occupation, there are some tasks within it that we enjoy, and some we don’t. The tasks we like are usually the things we’re good at. We find them easy. If you’re an experienced contractor, you could probably install an irrigation system with your eyes closed and one hand tied behind your back.   More
 
Monday, January 14, 2013

Business to Business: Turn the Tables on Employee Turnover


Business Articles
Five keys to maximum employee retention. Each time an employee permanently leaves your organization, he or she is adversely affecting your company’s bottom line. Consider this: according to the U.S. Department of Labor, it costs a company one-third of a new hire’s annual salary to replace an employee. Using a modest annual salary of $35,000, a company can easily spend $11,550 for each new employee hired.   More
 
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Leasing vs. Purchasing

By Shane Smith


Business Articles
If you've ever had to decide whether to purchase or lease vehicles or landscaping equipment, then you've probably come face to face with the complexities of making the right decision.    More
 
Saturday, May 1, 1999

Cost Estimating: Profits or Pitfalls


Business Articles
When you first dreamed of starting your own landscape business, who knew you'd be spending so much of your time indoors, behind a desk, crunching numbers? But as profitable landscape professionals know, number crunching is one of the biggest parts of the job -- especially when those numbers have to do with cost estimating.    More
 
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