From his early childhood, growing up in northern Virginia, Chris Spain loved the outdoors. In high school, he ran track, but some of the most important lessons he learned in his youth was when he was a Boy Scout.
The captivating sounds, beauty and grandeur of ponds, water gardens and stand-alone water features in the landscape have intrigued us through the ages—all the way back to Ancient Greece. Today, it’s a steadily-growing niche within the green industry.
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