Holiday Lighting...The Gift That Keeps on Giving


Landscape Lighting
In the holiday classic, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Chevy Chase nearly pulls his hair out trying to get his Christmas lights to work. He grows so desperate for a solution that he winds up checking each individual bulb, one by one, for a short circuit. In the end, the entire fiasco comes down to a single indoor light switch. And when he flips that switch, the light display is so fantastic that it shuts down half the city’s power grid.   More
 
Monday, September 15, 2014

Mowers... Getting 'em Ready for Spring


Landscape Maintenance
“I did a dumb thing last year but I learned a lesson,” said one landscape contractor, who requested anonymity. Because he was rushing to close down for the winter, he did not prepare his equipment for the winter layoff. When spring came, getting his equipment ready—especially his lawn mowers— presented many problems.   More
 
Friday, February 14, 2014

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

Retaining Customers in the Snow Removal Business


Snow & Ice
If I were going into business today, especially the snow removal business, the most important question I would ask is, “how do I get customers?” You, as a landscape contractor, have the advantage over me, because you already have an established customer base to start with.   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Dreaming of a Bright Holiday Season


Landscape Lighting
It’s a time of year when people see smiles everywhere they go, when everyone makes an effort to be friendlier. The holiday spirit gives us warm, fuzzy feelings inside, like a hug from grandma, or receiving a child’s handmade gift.    More
 
Friday, September 1, 2006 REBECCA PETERSON

Zero-Turn Mowers: Past, Present, Future


Power Equipment
A lot goes into a nice looking lawn. A variety of plants, trees and shrubs might enhance the turf, giving the yard a pleasing, garden-like touch. Fences, gateways, walls and fountains are other common fixtures. Yet for all the ornamental beauty such accoutrements add to the lawn, all the more challenges there are in maneuvering around them once it’s time to mow.    More
 
Monday, January 12, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

The Right Seed for the Right Need


Landscape
Ever wonder why “the other man’s grass is always greener”? Maybe it’s because his landscape contractor planted the right seed for the landscape’s need. Choosing the right grass seed can make the difference between a lawn that thrives and one that needs constant attention—or worse, complete replacement when the plush lawn you thought you had planted turns brown and dies.   More
 
Thursday, August 19, 2010 ROBIN WESTMILLER

Fall Fertilization...Timing is Everything


Fertilizer
According to the popular 1960’s song, “To everything there is a season—a time to plant, a time to reap.” Perhaps, if Pete Seeger had been a landscape contractor, he would have written, “A time to plant and a time to fertilize.” And if Seeger had been a landscape contractor, given only one season to fertilize, he would have chosen the fall. Why would he choose the fall? The answer is quite simple. Of all the seasons, fall is the best time of the year for feeding your lawn because this is the time, just before it goes dormant, for the turf to store nutrients to sustain it over the cold winter months.   More
 
Thursday, September 23, 2010 ROBIN WESTMILLER

Spring Start-Ups


Waterscapes
With the holidays just winding down, now is the time to get your ducks in a row for the spring start-up season. Don’t put it off; the more you plan and do now, the more successful your season will be. Luck tends to frequent those who do their homework..   More
 
Monday, January 16, 2012

The New Landscape of Landscape Business Taxes


Business Articles
The first thing to remember, is that the deadline to file your taxes is not April 15th this year," says small business tax specialist Steven Aldrich, CEO of Outright, the tax software system for small businesses that operates out of Mountain View, California. "It's April 17th, because the 15th is a Sunday and the 16th is a holiday in the District of Columbia. So it's the 17th, unless you file for an extension. If you file for an extension, that gives you an additional six months."   More
 
Friday, March 16, 2012

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