As a contractor, you have some idea of what your costumers want, or of what's popular in your neck of the woods. Ther are other ways to get a picture of some of the broader green industry trends that are emerging around the country.
Friday, May 16, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO
"It's time to put the holiday lights!" That statement either warms the
cockles or chills the spine, depending on your point of view. Whether
it's uttered by the owner of a home or a business, it signals that
there's work to be done, and someone's got to do it.
Monday, September 16, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO
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.
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.
You'd be surprised. An increasing number of landscape companies are turning to computers and specialized software programs to streamline their accounting practices, their design practices, or even their maintenance practices. And an increasing number of software companies are out to meet that demand.
How many times have your customers told you that they've always dreamed
of having a pond in their backyard? Uh . . . wait a minute, now let's
review that. Did they say pond or did they actually say, 'I've always
dreamed of having a waterfall in my backyard'?
Although recent flooding across the Midwest has caused
many people to shelve their water shortage concerns,
officials are still alert to the possibility of drought, over-consumption
and other forces that limit our water supplies.
In several regions of the U.S., the worst is not yet
AT ONE POINT, THERE WERE MORE THAN 40,000 PAPER ROUTE CARDS
covering one of the walls at Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape
Care in Denver, Colorado. “Needless to say, it was an inefficient
process that was killing us and resulting in mistakes for our clients,”
recalls John Gibson, director of operations.
Women in Landscaping
ALTHOUGH SHE’S ALWAYS RELISHED NATURE, IT WAS DURING
Sherry Koontz’s five years of active military duty as part
of the 45th Support Group that she first channeled that
desire into a skill.