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

 
 

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

Winterizing Irrigation Systems


Irrigation
As autumn rolls on toward the holidays, it’s nearly time to pull out those parkas, boots, scarves, gloves and ear muffs from the attic or closet. I remember, from growing up in Chicago, that there was always a day in late fall when you knew winter was right around the corner.   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Maintaining Your Fleet


Trucks
It's a safe bet that he wasn't singing about your truck fleet ...but he could have been. Trucks have become so much more sophisticated under the hood that they bear only a passing with stricter government emissions mandates, high-pressure engine and braking systems, is it any wonder that today's fleets are more complicated to manage?.   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 Susan Maddocks

Women in Landscaping


Women in Landscaping
Not being “the type to focus on a four-year degree,” Benson attended King’s College in Charlotte, North Carolina, following high school graduation in 1979. It was a school that offered a fast-track certificate course in business. “I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur, but didn’t know in what area.   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Responsible Pond Building


Waterscapes
Just the other day, I received an email from a long-time customer. I did not build their pond and 50-foot stream initially, but I have been cleaning and putting band-aids on their chronically leaking stream since the start of our professional business relationship.   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 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

Mower Maintenance

the time spent on maintenance is one of your wisest investments


Landscape Maintenance
When winter begins to loosen its hold and spring is in the air, a contractor’s thoughts turn to one thing: mowing. Lawn care is the granddaddy of maintenance services, and mowers are its favorite child. Yet whether you own one mower or 100, your services aren’t worth their salt if you can’t cut quickly and professionally.    More
 
Tuesday, January 1, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Let It Snow


Snow & Ice
It should go without saying that winters can be tough for the landscape industry. Trees become more and more barren, turf stops growing, flowers aren’t even in season— to recycle a tired pun, come winter, the landscaping season becomes virtually frozen.    More
 
Friday, October 17, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

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