WANTED: Sustainable Landscape Services for Savvy Consumers


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What Sort of Executive Are You?


Business Articles
You may know your business or your industry well. But do you know anything about yourself? Forward-thinking executives and business leaders evaluate their employees and clients to help better understand work styles and personality types. Understanding the types of people one works with is important, especially for executives.   More
 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Tron Jordheim

Is Mowing Your Main Revenue Stream?


Landscape Maintenance
That’s the story for so many people in the green industry. As soon as they were tall enough and strong enough to push a mower, many budding landscape contractors began by cutting lawns for neighbors, to earn extra money after school and in the summer..   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Safety Makes Cents


Landscape
You might not expect a contractor to tell you a story that sounds like it’s right out of “Mission: Impossible.” But Bob Dobson, president of Monmouth, New Jersey-based Middletown Sprinkler Company, Inc., and current president of the Irrigation Association, has one.   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

How Many Associations Should You Join?


Business Articles
How Many Associations Should You Join? Association dues come up for renewal every winter. Few expenses pave the way toward professionalism more than association dues.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Profitable Companies Share the Secrets of Their Success


Business Articles
It's all about people Leaders of successful companies often speak of their employees with a great sense of respect, appreciation, and even awe. "I can't say enough about our people," says Mark Borst, owner of Borst Landscape based in Allendale, New Jersey. "Our employees are definitely the backbone of our business."   More
 
Monday, May 1, 2006

Make the Most Out of Winter Downtime


Landscape Maintenance
THE OFF-SEASON FOR IRRIGATION and landscape contracting businesses is often a time for organization, inventory, accounts receivables, budgets and projections. However, once these important tasks are completed, seasonal landscape companies often struggle with finding winter activities that would be the most productive and profitable for them and their fulltime employees.    More
 
Thursday, February 1, 2007

Enhance Curb Appeal


Landscape
The recent housing downturn and purported recession have affected our industry to varying degrees. Some are feeling the pinch associated with a lack of new housing starts and a weak dollar, while for others it’s business as usual. However, we could all use additional revenue streams.    More
 
Friday, June 13, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Staying Strong in a Weak Economy


Business Articles
THE ECONOMY IS CHANGING. Some companies feel it; some don’t. But whether or not they’re feeling the pinch, there are strategies that can help companies buffer themselves from the economic turmoil around them.    More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

JOHN DeCELL


Close-Up Profiles
It was January of 1988 and John DeCell was out of a job. He’d worked as a loan officer for the First American Bank in his hometown of Baytown, Texas for five-and-a-half years, but the banking industry had fallen under hard times and DeCell suddenly found himself without a job. Factor into this the added pressure of knowing your first son is only months away from being born, and you’ve an idea of the headspace DeCell was in on this particularly tumultuous New Year.    More
 
Friday, August 1, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

Painting with Light


Landscape Lighting
When an artist paints a picture, or a photographer takes an exceptional photograph, the play of light and shadows are almost as important as the subject matter, sometimes even more so. You are taken in by the way the light hits an object, or the shadow almost hides it. In the same way, lighting “paints” a home’s landscape after dark, creating a picture that lights up the night. Shadows, colors and lights all work harmoniously to shape the canvas, illuminating what was once dark. Landscape lighting allows the homeowner many more hours to enjoy their investment, and is good for everyone’s bottom line.    More
 
Monday, August 18, 2008 KATIE NAVARRO

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