Perfect Plan, Perfect Wall


Landscape
It is said that practice makes perfect. A concert pianist would never dream of performing before an audience without first taking months to perfect his technique. Nor would a surgeon dare make that first incision without years of careful training and practice beforehand.   More
 
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Which is Your Alternative Fuel Choice?


Landscape Maintenance
Have you noticed how expensive fuel costs are these days? Of course you have. No matter where you live in the country, the price for the lowest octane unleaded gasoline is well over $3.00 per gallon; for premium grades, it’s even higher. And in many places, diesel fuel prices are about the same as gasoline.   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Irrigating With Graywater


Irrigation
Water. It’s vital to all life. Humans, plants and animals can’t live without it. But the problem is, it’s getting scarcer. And, in many places, more and more expensive.   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Computer Design Software


Landscape
There's nothing quite like a hand-drawn landscape design, slaved over for many hours, beautifully and meticulously drawn. You can put many hours into it, rendering every plant, every piece of stone, every water feature just right. When you get done, you've got a work of art, suitable for framing. But do you have a sales tool?Like it or not, landscape design has entered a whole new era.   More
 
Friday, February 15, 2013

Accurate Maintenance Estimates


Landscape Maintenance
If you've ever sat around on a Monday night to watch a football game, you're probably familiar with the term 'sports analyst.' Often a former player, now a sports analyst, gives his opinion on how well teams are playing, and makes predictions about which team has the best chance to win. Sometimes, he'll even estimate what the final score will be.    More
 
Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Pre-emergence Controls

Chemical, Biological & Cultural Options


Weed and Pest Control
Spring is here, at least in some parts of the country. Soon little green things will be sprouting up all over. As usual, the sprouts will include not only the plants we want but some of the others, too . . . the good, the bad, and the ugly. For landscape contractors this means finding ways to protect the good while getting rid of the bad and the ugly. In other words, weeds.    More
 
Friday, February 1, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

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

Green Up Your Business With Hydroseeding


Erosion Control / Hydroseeding
The concept is simple. Start with the right amount of quality ingredients, including seed, mulch, fertilizer, and water. Add a tackifier to make sure things stick. Mix together to create your hydroseeding slurry, then spray.    More
 
Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Theft in the Workplace


Landscape
HAVE YOU EVER HEARD THE SAYING, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions"? Here is a scenario to think about: two weeks ago, one of your crew members came to work and realized that his car was running on fumes...    More
 
Friday, June 1, 2007

To Buy or Not To Buy...That is the Question


Business Articles
Hey, Joe, it’s me again. Can you hold that skid loader for me tomorrow, with the pallet attachment?    More
 
Monday, April 28, 2008

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