Landscape maintenance businesses are a very hot topic these days. If
managed properly, they can turn into billion-dollar revenue streams, a
fact which has, by no surprise, caught the eye of many financial
institutions. Private equity firms seem to be snatching up landscape
companies, and at good multiples. But they aren’t the only ones who are
sitting up and paying attention; so are landscape contractors
themselves. There seems to have been more activity in the last six
months than in the two years prior combined.
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
His father had a heating and air conditioning company, so Elmore was no stranger to the business. “When I was out of school on holiday breaks or during the summer, I would go to the office with my father,” he said. “He’d give me chores, telling me to go with this guy and help him install an A/C system, or ride with that guy on a service call.
I had to make a change in myself and in the organization. I began to focus on our company and why we do what we do. Was it for money? Was it just for the paycheck? Perhaps yes, but there had to be more to life than that, for all of us in the company..
LARRY SARVER ALWAYS ENVISIONED himself as a businessman. Even as a young boy growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, when he was selling Christmas cards door to door, or flowers from a rock garden, or when he was mowing customers' lawns, in his mind he was a businessman.
Homestead Landscaping, Bondeville, Vermont, found this out first-hand in the late 1980s when a construction boom exploded in the area. The company had a perfect plan to grow its business.
ABOUT NINE YEARS AGO, DALE VON
Dohren, owner of San Jose, California-
based Landmark Landscapes,
had a successful woodworking
business. Then he saw an
opportunity in the landscaping
business and decided to change
These are tough times we’re going through, especially in the pond and waterscape industry. Many of us have never gone through a period like this before. I hear many contractors talking about recession, depression, economic downturn, stalled economy and, quite frankly, it can be depressing if you let it get to you.