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

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

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

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

Snow Business: Set the Stage for a Great Winter


Snow & Ice
If you're living and working in a four-season climate and you're not already offering snow and ice removal, chances are you've wondered about it. There's no doubt that cleaning up after winter weather is big business in this country. Companies that do the job well can make substantial profits in short order.    More
 
Monday, October 1, 2007

The Importance of SOPs


Business Articles
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOPs) are the lifeblood of any successful company and should be developed for every process in your business. You should have procedures for everything from hiring new employees to equipment maintenance, to how to properly install pavers.    More
 
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 JODY SHILAN

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