Choosing the Right Mower


Landscape Maintenance
It’s not unlike what happens when it comes time to choose a new commercial mower (or mowers) for your landscape business. There are plenty of good, solid, quality mowers out there, that’s not the problem. It’s deciding which mower, with what features, is right for you and your operation.   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Water Auditing Made Easy


Miscellaneous
Drought is still a problem in a large portion of our country, and experts say it’s going to keep on being one for some time to come, especially in the West. A water audit is meant to show your clients how much water they’re using. Equally as important, by retrofitting their irrigation system, they can not only save water, but save money on their water bills. More customers than ever are requesting water audits and many more irrigation and landscape contractors are offering this service.   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Landscape Lighting . . . The Next Level


Landscape Lighting
Few segments of the green industry have changed as much in just a handful of years as has low-voltage landscape lighting. New technology, such as digital controls and better LEDs has added a great deal of excitement to this market. It’s put more and better media into the palettes of the most creative installers and designers.   More
 
Friday, August 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Best Management Practices and You


Business Articles
A few years ago, a guy I grew up with told me he’d decided to start his own business. I thought he’d never be able to pull it off, as he was not exactly what you’d call a “star student.” As I headed off to college, I wished him good luck. Deep down, I doubted he would succeed.   More
 
Monday, June 16, 2014 Michael Mazzarella

The 8th (mini) Wonder of the World


Power Equipment
If you think back to ancient times, we’ve all seen photographs of the pyramids, aqueducts, and old buildings and marveled at their shapes and designs. Even more interesting, we’ve wondered how humans managed to build those structures more than five thousand years ago.   More
 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Jason Gibby

Drip Irrigation


Drip Irrigation - Low Flow
So where does that leave landscape and irrigation contractors? As more water agencies push for less watering on landscapes, and customers start complaining about their increased water bills, they will demand that lower amounts of water be delivered with greater efficiency.   More
 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

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

Affordable Care Act


Business Articles
As a small business owner, you may be confused about which parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), informally known as “Obamacare,” apply to your enterprise. You’re not alone; figuring out the 1,600- page law is causing a lot of people’s heads to spin.   More
 
Monday, December 16, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Women in Landscaping


Women in Landscaping
Not being “the type to focus on a four-year degree,” Benson attended King’s College in Charlotte, North Carolina, following high school graduation in 1979. It was a school that offered a fast-track certificate course in business. “I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur, but didn’t know in what area.   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Lighting the Landscape


Landscape
“LIGHTS . . . CAMERA . . . ACTION!” yells the hollywood director. The studio lights are switched on to illuminate the set; the sound system is turned on and the cameras roll. on a movie set, numerous types of lights are placed in position to create a realistic-looking environment.   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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