WANTED: Sustainable Landscape Services for Savvy Consumers


For decades, Billy Goodnick has been showing people how to create sustainable landscapes – and how to ditch their lawns. But don't think of me as a "bad guy," he says.... more

 
 

The 8th (mini) Wonder of the World


Power Equipment
If you think back to ancient times, we’ve all seen photographs of the pyramids, aqueducts, and old buildings and marveled at their shapes and designs. Even more interesting, we’ve wondered how humans managed to build those structures more than five thousand years ago.   More
 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Jason Gibby

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

Is Mowing Your Main Revenue Stream?


Landscape Maintenance
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..   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Trucks...Rolling into 2014


Trucks
Pickups and their cousins, cab-over-engine (COE) trucks, are the basic, bedrock equipment of all green industry professionals. From the smallest oneman, one-truck operation to corporate outfits with huge fleets, trucks are the indispensible standbys we rely on to carry crews, supplies and equipment to and from jobs.   More
 
Monday, December 16, 2013

Outsourcing: Is It Right for Your Company?


Business Articles
Sure, your guys do installations and maintain beautiful landscapes, but when it comes to properly irrigating them, no one in your company knows the difference between a spray head and a rotor.   More
 
Monday, December 16, 2013 Susan Maddocks

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

Fuel Injection...it’s not just for hot rods anymore


Landscape Maintenance
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.   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 Gregory Von Dare Suchor

Women in Landscaping


Women in Landscaping
Not being “the type to focus on a four-year degree,” Benson attended King’s College in Charlotte, North Carolina, following high school graduation in 1979. It was a school that offered a fast-track certificate course in business. “I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur, but didn’t know in what area.   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Tom Jessen


Close-Up Profiles
Jessen went to a small country school, with 12 grades in 12 rooms. He attended Indiana State University, but when he ran out of money he had to move back home and take a job working on a punch press to earn enough to complete his education.   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Retaining Customers in the Snow Removal Business


Snow & Ice
If I were going into business today, especially the snow removal business, the most important question I would ask is, “how do I get customers?” You, as a landscape contractor, have the advantage over me, because you already have an established customer base to start with.   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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