WANTED: Sustainable Landscape Services for Savvy Consumers


For decades, Billy Goodnick has been showing people how to create sustainable landscapes – and how to ditch their lawns. But don't think of me as a "bad guy," he says.... more

 
 

Is Mowing Your Main Revenue Stream?


Landscape Maintenance
That’s the story for so many people in the green industry. As soon as they were tall enough and strong enough to push a mower, many budding landscape contractors began by cutting lawns for neighbors, to earn extra money after school and in the summer..   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Growing Your Business


Business Articles
Times have changed and advertising in the green industry has changed along with it. In the past, trying to get the biggest ad in the Yellow Pages or changing your name to AAA something was the way to go, so that you could get listed first in your category.   More
 
Monday, December 16, 2013 BRYAN CLAYTON

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

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

Employee Incentives

...the good and the bad


Business Articles
Incentives—rewards meant to encourage and motivate employees to be more productive—all too often backfire and create unintended consequences: internal squabbles, cynicism, distraction, and diminished performance. However, when used correctly, they can produce wonderful results.   More
 
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Irrigation Repairs... Another Profit Center


Miscellaneous
Some landscape contractors call it the necessary evil. Others say it’s a profit-eating, tedious task that only serves one purpose: good public relations. But there’s a growing army of landscape contractors that like doing irrigation repairs. And, without thinking twice, they’ll tell you to take their testimony straight to the bank with the fat bag of money they made last week doing those repairs.   More
 
Saturday, May 1, 1999 Ryan Van Benthuysen

Increase Your Productivity with the Right Mower


Landscape Maintenance
We hear about a shortage of labor that is a concern to all in our industry. We can get more business, but how will we be able to handle it If we can't hire additional labor, how can we grow our company? There are ways.    More
 
Thursday, November 1, 2007

Buy, Rent, or Lease?


Landscape Maintenance
If your business isnt growing the way you want it to, and your profits are not as high as you expected, it might be time to look at your equipment.    More
 
Friday, April 18, 2008

When Profits Walk Away: How Much Are You Losing to Theft?


Business Articles
It was a lucky break that Joe Valdez, owner of Green Acres Landscaping, happened to glance back at his truck during a jobsite conversation with an employee one morning in Oakland, California. It was a lucky break that Joe Valdez, owner of Green Acres Landscaping, happened to glance back at his truck during a jobsite conversation with an employee one morning.   More
 
Thursday, June 1, 2006

Landscape Management Software


Business Articles
You have a chance to do three $5,000 jobs in a nearby housing complex but it would mean turning down one $25,000 job across town. There's no time for precise calculation of expected profits, but the $25,000 job must be a better option, right?    More
 
Monday, October 1, 2007

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