Winterizing Your Mowers


Landscape Maintenance
In a large swath of the country, the coming of fall and winter means that annual chores need to get done before the weather turns bitter. Storm windows are put up, snow tires are put on, outdoor furniture is covered or put away.   More
 
Monday, November 17, 2014

Buy? Lease? or Rent?


Business Articles
With the current labor shortage in our industry, landscape contractors have had to be creative and find ways to do more with fewer people. For example, the crews responsible for mowing the grass at New Zealand’s Auckland International Airport use a large, one-of-a-kind mower that mows 646,000 square feet of grass per hour.   More
 
Monday, November 17, 2014

Demi Fortuna: Waterscaper of the Year 2014


Waterscapes
Demi Fortuna's life was exciting even before landing in his current position as director of product information with Atlantic Water Gardens. Stony Brook, New York has always been home to Fortuna. That's where he was raised, went to school, and attended college. "I don't think people realize how lovely it is here," he says. Fortuna’s mother was an assistant professor at the State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook. She seems to have had a bit of wanderlust. She loved to travel, and Demi and his younger brother got the chance to see the world. His mother’s salary as an assistant professor was enough to cover most of the expenses, but he and his brother helped pay their own way.   More
 
Monday, November 17, 2014

Into the Trenchers


Power Equipment
Competition among landscape contractors can be fierce. During the bidding process, every conceivable advantage is precious, especially where time and cost of labor are concerned. Investments in machinery that can save on both can make all the difference between securing and losing a bid.   More
 
Monday, September 15, 2014

Make Irrigation Installations Easier


Irrigation
You gotta love technology—cell phones, digital video recorders, tablet devices… how did we ever live without them? Seems like some new gizmo rolls out every day. It’s tough to keep up with it all. Irrigation contractors haven’t been left out of this revolution.   More
 
Friday, August 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

MOWER MAINTENANCE


Landscape Maintenance
There’s an old adage that says, “Take care of the little things, and the big things will take care of themselves.” This may seem like a strange way to open a story about maintaining commercial zero-turn mowers; after all, they’re hardly “little things,” either in size or in cost.   More
 
Monday, December 16, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Holiday Lighting


Landscape Lighting
"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.   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Managing Your Mowing


Landscape Maintenance
The modern commercial mower is an awesome beast. The things it can do, the power it has, the technology that goes into it are truly remarkable. You probably own several of them. As you know, this much mowing “firepower” doesn’t come cheap.   More
 
Thursday, March 14, 2013

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

Tax Talk Issues for Small Business Owners


Business Articles
IT’S TAX TIME . . . THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN MANY CONTRACTORS look at their tax bills and wonder if they could have done anything differently. The smart ones do more than wonder. They seek professional advice.    More
 
Saturday, March 1, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

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