Battery-Powered Mowers...Not So Crazy After All


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
“IT’S ALIVE! IT’S ALIVE!” THE DOCTOR yells in the classic film, Frankenstein, as he revives his monster from the dead. Luckily, that’s just fiction. However, in real life, you can use electricity, too. But hopefully you’ll use it in a more responsible (and profitable) manner than the doctor.   More
 
Friday, August 15, 2014 Jason Gibby

Mastering the Skills of Time Management


Business Articles
A friend and I went to a restaurant the other day. After we were seated, the waiter came to our table, handed us menus and said he would be right back with bread, butter, and water. He returned shortly with water; then he went back to get the bread, placed it on our table, and said he would return with the butter.   More
 
Friday, May 16, 2014 Michael Mazzarella

Excellence in Craftmanship


Landscape
The terms “craftsmanship” and “landscape maintenance” aren’t often heard together. After all, “craftsmanship” should be reserved to describe something like an exquisite outdoor kitchen, not a maintenance project, even if it was beautifully done. Right? If that’s your opinion, you would be wrong.   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Waterscaper of the Year


Waterscapes
Beaulieu has built more than 1,300 water features around the world, including every major city in Canada, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America. These include every type and permutation of water feature, many of which he invented, such as the pondless waterfall.   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

A case study... Hydrometers


Miscellaneous
LIKE MOST COLLEGES around the country, the 1,700-acre University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City is constantly building new labs and classrooms, new sports facilities, etc. With ongoing campus construction and irrigation components that date back 50 years, there’s no end to accidentally broken lines or leaky valves.   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 NANCY HARDWICK

David Katz


Close-Up Profiles
Many young people graduating from high school don't have a clue as to what to be when they 'grow up'. David Katz, founder and president of Elite Landscaping in Poughkeepsie, New York, was not one of them. He knew from the get-go what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

psst... Can We Talk About Trucks?


Trucks
Pickup trucks are to the landscape business as limousines are to rock stars. In fact, it’s hard to picture a landscape contractor without one. They’re used to haul mowers, irrigation and construction equipment, and crews. They’re mobile offices, dining rooms, and advertising mediums. Whether a company owns just one or an entire fleet of them, they are the workhorses we rely upon every day. That’s the practical side of things. And let’s be honest here. We love our trucks, don’t we?   More
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Drew & Matthew Thomas


Close-Up Profiles
As a young kid, Drew Thomas followed his father around the northeast region of Indiana. His father was playing industrial baseball and Drew was the bat boy. Thomas’ father had played professional baseball with the St. Louis Browns in the late 1930s and early ’40s until he joined the Army in World War II.   More
 
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Decorating for the Holidays


Landscape
I used to watch my father spend countless hours stringing and stapling lights around the gutters, chimneys, rooftop and trees, only to watch him struggle to take them down a few weeks later. That part was a real chore. My job was to pull the lighting strands out of the boxes and untangle them -- often a process that would consume my entire weekend.    More
 
Saturday, September 1, 2007

Equipment Maintenance Is A Team Effort


Landscape Maintenance
Mowing seems untouched in today's over-analyzed business world. Shouldn't we be doing time-motion studies to make sure we have the most efficient mower for particular sites and checking the productivity of employees on a biweekly basis?   More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 Bruce F. Shank

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