Feeding and Protecting Trees in the Landscape


Tree Care
AS A LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR, you know how to feed, water, trim and otherwise nurture the turf, shrubs and flowers on your clients’ properties. But when it comes to those big, tall, woody things in the middle of your clients’ turf areas, your confidence may wane.   More
 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Pre-Emergent Controls


Weed and Pest Control
The best way to tame these nasty beasts is to nip them in the bud. fortunately, we have some pretty potent weapons in our arsenal that can do just that; they’re called pre-emergent herbicides. When used properly, pre-emergent herbicides will zap weeds before they can poke their ugly heads up out of the ground.   More
 
Friday, March 14, 2014

Mowers


Landscape Maintenance
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.   More
 
Friday, March 14, 2014

Barrett Ersek


Close-Up Profiles
When Ersek was 12 years old, he wanted a dirt bike motorcycle, but his dad wouldn’t buy it for him. “My dad told me I could have anything I wanted; I just had to work hard and save my money,” he said. “I was really eager to get a job so I could buy my motorcycle."   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Going Green...Growing at a Rapid Pace


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
One only needs to take a casual look around to see that the green industry is ‘going green’ in a big way. More landscape companies are adopting sustainable practices, such as using organic compost instead of chemical fertilizers, and eliminating the use of pesticides.   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Spraders and Sprayers... Essential Tools for Your Business


Landscape Maintenance
‘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.   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Prepping Your Lawns for Summer


Landscape Maintenance
As spring approaches, it's never too early to start thinking about rejuvenating lawns and getting then ready for the summer. Lawns are classified as being either cool season or warm season, depending on the turf species. Understanding which types of lawns you service, and your location, will dictate the type and timing of cultural practices you implement. Below are general recommendations for managing both cool season and warm season lawns this spring.   More
 
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Spring Cleaning: Assures The Health of Water Features


Waterscapes
Spring Cleaning Spring Cleaning Assure the Health of Water Features By Patrick Simmsgeiger The summertime beauty and function of a pond, lake or water feature can be seriously    More
 
Monday, March 1, 1999

Fertility from a Professional's Perspective


Fertilizer
Like a skilled chef, a professional landscape manager takes pride in providing a well-balanced diet for those under his care. Furthermore, as a chef can be the backbone of a restaurant's reputation, skilled landscape technicians can build the reputation of their companies, too.    More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999

Understanding Fertilizers


Fertilizer
Understanding what's in the fertilizer bag or bottle is the key to being successful in the landscape maintenance business today. Getting no plant response from a fertilizer application is an expensive problem. To the uninformed user fertilizer is fertilizer is fertilizer. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. Unfortunately, the fertilizer manufacturing industry has helped to create some of this confusion by introducing a dizzying array of product formulations. If we focus on the fertilizers normally used in landscape maintenance we can, however, make some sense of it all.   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 1998

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