Five Tips to Better Manage Your Crew


Business Articles
Landscaping has long been a part of my life. As a lifelong entrepreneur, I started my Detroit-area landscape company when I was 19. In the process of learning the business, managing my own crew, and dealing with the unexpected challenges of being a first-time business owner, I’ve made plenty of mistakes.   More
 
Friday, May 16, 2014 PAUL PROCTOR

Irrigation: Getting Ready for Spring


Irrigation
Spring is coming soon to an irrigation system near you. “What? It’s still winter!” you might be saying. Yes, and midwinter is the perfect time to start preparing to get your clients’ systems off and running—or, should we say, ‘on’ and running, once that first robin sings.   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Fertigation: Using Your Irrigation System to Correct the Feast


Fertilizer
The application of fertilizers through an irrigation system has been used effectively in agriculture for decades.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Lean, Mean, and Green: Software Simplifies Business


Business Articles
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.    More
 
Thursday, June 1, 2006

Motivating the Unmotivated


Business Articles
IF YOU'RE FRUSTRATED IN YOUR efforts to elicit the best from each of your subordinates, chances are it's not that they can't be motivated, but that the wrong methods are being used to motivate them.    More
 
Friday, June 1, 2007

Software to Make Your Company Smarter


Business Articles
AT ONE POINT, THERE WERE MORE THAN 40,000 PAPER ROUTE CARDS covering one of the walls at Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care in Denver, Colorado. “Needless to say, it was an inefficient process that was killing us and resulting in mistakes for our clients,” recalls John Gibson, director of operations.    More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Water Audits - How Important are They?


Miscellaneous
As energy costs go up, so does our concern over how to conserve. Among these concerns is our water supply. It seems like more and more municipalities are placing restrictions on the amount of water we can use. Some homeowner groups are thinking of posting bulletins to inform its neighborhood residents that they can only water their lawns on certain days of the week for limited amounts of time, but that’s just one option.    More
 
Monday, September 1, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

Quality Maintenance Pays Off


Landscape Maintenance
Times are tough and people everywhere are rising to the challenge by making do with less. Homeowners who’ve never lifted a rake or pushed a mower are suddenly turning into backyard do-it-yourselfers. It’s really kind of heartwarming . . . unless, of course, they’re your customers.    More
 
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Preventative Maintenance for Mowers


Landscape Maintenance
“The best time to start a springtime revival is actually in the late fall of the previous year,” says Walter Cornett, owner of Walter Cornett Landscaping, Richmond, Virginia.    More
 
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 ROBIN WESTMILLER

Turning Okay Years Into Good Years!


Business Articles
Let’s face it, all good companies that have been in business for any length of time are pretty well booked from April through July, sometimes even into August. Why? Customers are motivated to buy because they have a sense of urgency.   More
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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