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

 
 

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

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

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

Glenn Jacobsen


Close-Up Profiles
When his school day was finished and on Saturdays, young Glenn Jacobsen would work with his father. Jacobsen senior worked at an electric company and in a tree care business on a part-time basis. “As a young lad, I grew up climbing trees and later cutting down trees,” said Jacobsen. “It’s a tough business, and I get my work ethic from my dad, who is a hard worker.” In addition to going to high school and helping his father, Jacobsen was mowing lawns in the neighborhood. He was 15 years old.   More
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

CHRIS & JENNIFER LEMCKE AND ROGER MONGEON


Close-Up Profiles
As with many corporate executives, Roger Mongeon, a chemical engineer who worked for Union Carbide, found himself being transferred around the provinces of Canada. His children were growing up, and moving from city to city, changing schools frequently, was getting a bit trying.    More
 
Thursday, February 1, 2007 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

SMITH FAMILY


Close-Up Profiles
Back in 1925, E.J. Smith founded one of the country's first golf course distributorships representing The Toro Company. He knew that if he followed four basic principles, he would be successful in his new business.    More
 
Tuesday, May 1, 2007 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

The Performance Spec is Dead, Almost


Landscape
The untimely demise of the "Performance Spec" for landscape and erosion control projects should have us all concerned. Content to specify the materials to be used, there is too little regard for the end result. Did anything grow?    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Going Green: Sustainable Landscape Design


Landscape
Buildings everywhere are doing the green thing. Commercial buildings, homes and even entire neighborhoods are being designed with sustainability in mind. Consumers want it, realtors know it sells, governments are demanding it and engineers and architects are delivering.    More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

JOHN MILLER


Close-Up Profiles
WHEN JOHN MILLER WAS STILL A teenager he was managing his own lawn care company. Called Superior Lawns, Miller’s company handled everything from mowing lawns to working with tractors. It was a pretty successful venture. Between high school proms and mid-term exams, Superior Lawns occupied much of Miller’s focus, and before long, he was pulling in enough business to bring some of his schoolyard friends onboard as workers.   More
 
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

Operating a Profitable Snow Removal Business


Snow & Ice
With winter on its way and its inherent bone-chilling temperatures and falling snow in many parts of the country, many landscape contractors have chosen to add snow removal services as a way to supplement their income and retain their employees.    More
 
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 JOHN ALLIN

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