Outdoor Living Spaces


Landscape
Dad’s cooking burgers on a kettle grill in the corner of a little concrete patio. Mom’s setting a picnic table, while the kids run through the sprinklers with the dog. In the not-too-distant past, that was what “outdoor living” looked like. Things have changed—radically. Now, an outdoor-living scenario is likely to feature a group of fashionably dressed adults milling about an elegant L-shaped outdoor bar, a pergola sheltering them from the hot sun. On a large built-in gas grill, chickens and steaks are sizzling, along with assorted other foods.   More
 
Monday, March 16, 2015

Craig Reinders


Close-Up Profiles
There are a good number of second-generation companies in our business, and quite a few even third-generation, but how about five generations? Meet the Reinders family and Reinders, Inc., their family-owned, full-service distribution chain servicing ten states in the upper Midwest. Craig Reinders, president, can safely say that he’s not the only one within his family who shares a passion for the green industry.   More
 
Monday, March 16, 2015 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Paving Your Way to a Greener Future


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
You can look at the outside of a house and tell instantly if its owners are interested in today’s green technology. No matter how old the neighborhood itself may be, the telltale signs of the house may be solar panels on the roof, or a cistern collecting rainwater from the gutters.   More
 
Monday, December 15, 2014

Is Employee Cynicism Killing Your Culture?


Business Articles
In an age of cynicism and irony, Northwestern Mutual is a throwback to a more innocent time. The company is the antithesis of ‘cool.’ It has the kind of culture in which people embrace plain suits and sincere handshakes, take pride in wearing achievement ribbons, and kick off conferences with patriotic music.   More
 
Monday, June 16, 2014 Rich Karlgaard

Growing Your Business


Business Articles
Every business owner wants to grab more of his or her market share every year. In today’s slowly improving economy, people are shopping services and are more cautious in the way they spend their money. You have to be thankful that during slow economic times, people stay closer to home and are more aware of their homes and their landscapes. They will still spend money to keep up their number-one investment, their home.   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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

Cashing Out Your Hidden Assets


Business Articles
YOUR SUCCESSFUL COMPANY IS MORE than just your most valuable capital asset -- it represents the realization of your dream. During the start-up and growth stages, enhancing your firm's productivity was your primary goal.    More
 
Monday, October 1, 2007

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

Design/Build Companies Morph Into Maintenance


Landscape Maintenance
Have you ever designed and installed a beautiful landscape, just to see it become so overgrown that you´d never know it was designed and installed by a professional? Either the client let it get out of hand, or the person who was doing the maintenance really didin´t know how to care for plants. Well, who better to keep that landscape looking great, than the company who designed it?   More
 
Monday, October 17, 2011

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