Maintaining Your Equipment


Landscape Maintenance
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.   More
 
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Rev Your Engine . . . Maximize Your Mower


Landscape Maintenance
Despite the variety of landscape contracting companies that exist, the mower is a universal element for almost all of them. Even many companies that now focus exclusively on design/build projects were probably originally founded by a guy with nothing but a pickup truck and a lawnmower.    More
 
Thursday, March 1, 2007

Mower Maintenance

the time spent on maintenance is one of your wisest investments


Landscape Maintenance
When winter begins to loosen its hold and spring is in the air, a contractor’s thoughts turn to one thing: mowing. Lawn care is the granddaddy of maintenance services, and mowers are its favorite child. Yet whether you own one mower or 100, your services aren’t worth their salt if you can’t cut quickly and professionally.    More
 
Tuesday, January 1, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Fertilizer: Knowing What`s In the Bag


Fertilizer
In Little Shop of Horrors, a down-on-his-luck shopkeeper’s assistant named Seymour discovers a rare plant species that brings him fame and fortune. The plant is christened Twoey (short for Audrey II), after Seymour’s secret love, Audrey. But Twoey is no ordinary plant. He is, in fact, an alien that lives off of human blood. “Feed me, Seymour, feed me!” he cries. And Seymour has no choice but to open up his veins in reply.    More
 
Saturday, March 1, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Train Your Mowing Crews


Landscape Maintenance
I USED TO OWN A LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE COMPANY THAT I SOLD to another company when I retired. Well, that didn’t last too long; I got bored and took a position as president of a landscape company. Along the way, I learned a lot about how to make more bottom-line profits.    More
 
Saturday, March 1, 2008 BILL PHAGAN

Maintaining Your Mower Equipment: It Adds Dollars and Makes Sens


Landscape Maintenance
As a landscape maintenance contractor, you will spend thousands of dollars on these machines over the course of your business. For much of the year, your lawn mowers will be operated on a daily basis. Yet unlike cars, trucks or other pieces of equipment, the contractor often does a minimum amount of maintenance on their mowers, running them into the ground. There’s got to be a better way and there is.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 RICHARD LENTI

Zero-Turn Mowers: Past, Present, Future


Power Equipment
A lot goes into a nice looking lawn. A variety of plants, trees and shrubs might enhance the turf, giving the yard a pleasing, garden-like touch. Fences, gateways, walls and fountains are other common fixtures. Yet for all the ornamental beauty such accoutrements add to the lawn, all the more challenges there are in maneuvering around them once it’s time to mow.    More
 
Monday, January 12, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

How to get the Most Out of Your Mowing Crews


Landscape Maintenance
A WELL-MAINTAINED LAWN IS a source of great pride for the property owner. It also sends a message to all who pass by about the quality of a well kept property. By the same token, the landscape professional who maintains that property has the same pride—the pride of a job well done, not just now, but on a regular basis.    More
 
Monday, January 12, 2009 RYAN FRIEDMAN

Let It Snow


Snow & Ice
It should go without saying that winters can be tough for the landscape industry. Trees become more and more barren, turf stops growing, flowers aren’t even in season— to recycle a tired pun, come winter, the landscaping season becomes virtually frozen.    More
 
Friday, October 17, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

The 2009 Truck Show


Trucks
When you think about it, buying a truck is a lot like shopping for a new suit. You have to look at the size of your company and determine what would make the best fit, and you have to have a certain image in mind. You want something that looks professional, but also catches the customer’s eye.   More
 
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

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