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

 
 

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

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

Spring Start-up


Irrigation
It’s time to think spring. Sure, warm weather is still a few months away for most of the country, but for irrigation professionals now is the time to plan for a smooth, successful spring start-up season.    More
 
Tuesday, January 1, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Control Weeds Before They Sprout


Weed and Pest Control
Crabgrass, Johnson grass, dandelions—such weeds can overcrowd lawns and pilfer air, water and nutrients that desirable plants need to survive and maintain a healthy appearance. Unchecked, weeds can completely dominate these plants, turning what could be a beautiful and verdant lawn into a wasteland of unsightly weeds.   More
 
Monday, February 23, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

Winterize Your Irrigation Systems

Offer Cold Weather Opportunities All Year


Miscellaneous
About two years ago at a trade conference, I was talking with a landscape contractor who, up until that point in time, only specialized in design/build in the residential market. Either he knew something that we didn’t, at that time, or his timing was impeccable. Two years ago, he decided to begin to offer maintenance to his clients.   More
 
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

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

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

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

Getting Your Irrigation System Ready for Spring


Irrigation
Reactivation, inspection, tuneup, evaluation, system turn-on—no matter what terminology is used, irrigation systems are routinely evaluated for proper operation and condition.   More
 
Monday, January 16, 2012

Hitting the Springtime Ground...Running!


Landscape
NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE, THERE’S always one glorious day in early spring that hollers to the world, “Winter’s over! Winter’s over!” The temperature is unseasonably warm. The sun is finally high enough in the sky that north-facing shrubs and trees, which haven’t tasted sunlight since autumn, are lit with lustrous, lemony light.   More
 
Friday, December 9, 2011

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