Winterizing Irrigation Systems


Irrigation
It’s a sunny afternoon in January. The popular Frank Loesser song swoons “Ah, but baby it’s cooooold outside,” softly in the background as you keep your toes warm by a roaring fire. Children are playing in the snow, bundled up, making a giant snowman, and there is talk of hot chocolate.   More
 
Monday, December 15, 2014

Winterizing Your Mowers


Landscape Maintenance
In a large swath of the country, the coming of fall and winter means that annual chores need to get done before the weather turns bitter. Storm windows are put up, snow tires are put on, outdoor furniture is covered or put away.   More
 
Monday, November 17, 2014

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

Be Ready with Snow Removal Services


Snow & Ice
Come winter, Sammy Cahn’s classic, “Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!” will play on every radio from coast to coast. If you’re in the snow removal business, you might well be singing the same tune. For those in the landscape industry, snow usually means a few months of unpaid vacation. During that time, those cold and wet winter months can start to feel pretty dry.    More
 
Friday, August 15, 2014 Jason Gibby

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

Maintaining Ponds in Winter


Waterscapes
However, remember that the maintenance of ponds is part of your business, and as a business, it is all year long. When the weather turns cold, you just have to love reaching down through two feet of 33° water to pull up a burned-out light fixture…or for that matter, any type of bodily immersion during that time of year.   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 DAVE JONES

Winterizing Irrigation Systems


Irrigation
As autumn rolls on toward the holidays, it’s nearly time to pull out those parkas, boots, scarves, gloves and ear muffs from the attic or closet. I remember, from growing up in Chicago, that there was always a day in late fall when you knew winter was right around the corner.   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

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

Prepping Your Lawns for Summer


Landscape Maintenance
As spring approaches, it's never too early to start thinking about rejuvenating lawns and getting then ready for the summer. Lawns are classified as being either cool season or warm season, depending on the turf species. Understanding which types of lawns you service, and your location, will dictate the type and timing of cultural practices you implement. Below are general recommendations for managing both cool season and warm season lawns this spring.   More
 
Thursday, March 14, 2013

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