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.
the time spent on maintenance is one of your wisest investments
When winter begins to loosen its hold and spring is in
the air, a contractor’s thoughts turn to one thing: mowing.
Lawn care is the granddaddy of maintenance services, and
mowers are its favorite child. Yet whether you own one
mower or 100, your services aren’t worth their salt if you
can’t cut quickly and professionally.
Pipe & Fittings
YOU’VE JUST COMPLETED A PROJECT that included weeks of
planting. As you close the last door
on the work trailer you notice
water bubbling out of the ground
and running along the curb. A
moment of panic sets in. What do
you do now?
I USED TO OWN A LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE COMPANY THAT I SOLD to another
company when I retired. Well, that didn’t last too long; I got bored and
took a position as president of a landscape company. Along the way, I
learned a lot about how to make more bottom-line profits.
One of the greatest summer
pleasures is catching a professional
There’s something thrilling
about watching a pro throw a
shutout or leap for a line drive. As
it turns out, baseball and power
equipment have something in common.
As a landscape maintenance contractor, you will spend thousands of dollars
on these machines over the course of your business. For much of the year,
your lawn mowers will be operated on a daily basis. Yet unlike cars, trucks
or other pieces of equipment, the contractor often does a minimum amount
of maintenance on their mowers, running them into the ground. There’s
got to be a better way and there is.
The untimely demise of the "Performance Spec" for landscape and erosion control projects should have us all concerned. Content to specify the materials to be used, there is too little regard for the end result. Did anything grow?
Mowing seems untouched in today's over-analyzed business world. Shouldn't we be doing time-motion studies to make sure we have the most efficient mower for particular sites and checking the productivity of employees on a biweekly basis?