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

 
 

Sketching a Masterpiece


Landscape
There’s an old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So when you’re creating a design for a landscape, you want your thousand words to be good ones. Well, with computer design software, it’s easier than ever to compose your landscape..   More
 
Friday, March 14, 2014

Peter Lord


Close-Up Profiles
For Peter Lord, and his software company Drafix, in Kansas City, Missouri, that “one thing” is the integrated CAD design/ photo-imaging/proposal software program “PRO Landscape.” “We do one thing, we just do one thing, and we only want to do one thing,” says Lord. “We don’t want to be a company that does eight different things and ends up giving all of them short shrift.”   More
 
Friday, August 17, 2012

Cost Estimating: Profits or Pitfalls


Business Articles
When you first dreamed of starting your own landscape business, who knew you'd be spending so much of your time indoors, behind a desk, crunching numbers? But as profitable landscape professionals know, number crunching is one of the biggest parts of the job -- especially when those numbers have to do with cost estimating.    More
 
Thursday, March 1, 2007

Design for Success


Landscape
An old story about Michelangelo says that the artist was so gifted that he could visualize a sculpture in its entirety before his chisel ever touched the stone. The physical crafting of the piece was then only a matter of removing the excess to reveal the image inside. But while freehand may have worked well for Michelangelo, it’s pretty safe to assume that most of us aren’t quite at that level.    More
 
Friday, February 1, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

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

Design Goes Digital


Landscape
Of course, when it comes down to the possibility of working such magic yourself, it seems impossible. You're a landscape contractor, not a magician, and don't think you could possibly have the right computer skills to pull it together.    More
 
Thursday, February 1, 2007

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

The Beauty of Central Control


Controllers
Imagine that you’re going to visit an aging relative who lives in a lushly landscaped retirement community. But wouldn’t you know it, you’ve managed to hit the day of the big lawn bowling tournament. You watch Aunt Emmie step up with her ball, get ready to make the winning throw, and then—the sprinklers come on.   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 REBECCA PETERSON

Irrigation Central Control: The Tie That Binds


Controllers
The idea of linking several irrigation controllers over a large site to operate from a single location has long been an appealing one. What better way to monitor and manage a 100-plus acre site?    More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2008

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

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