As a young man, Burt Sperber knew what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. In his wildest imagination, he never dreamed that the company he founded would achieve such heights.
As a young kid, Drew Thomas followed his father around the northeast region of Indiana. His father was playing industrial baseball and Drew was the bat boy. Thomas’ father had played professional baseball with the St. Louis Browns in the late 1930s and early ’40s until he joined the Army in World War II.
Trucks aren’t just a means of transportation. They are a contractor’s personal ware- house on wheels. Whether you’re running heavy or light-duty vehicles in your company’s fleet, commercial trucks have the same function for the contractor that toolboxes have for the handyman—except they’re much bigger.
Once upon a time, there was little need for smart irrigation. Water was
plentiful, falling from the sky at regular intervals. Oh, there might be
a dry spell once in awhile, but soon enough, the rain would fall again,
turning everything green once more. If a site had an irrigation system,
it was usually cranked up full bore, with little concern for
sparingly and placed right, small trees--particularly those that flower
or offer coloration--can enhance any urban landscape. Intermediate or
small ornamental trees that tolerate
shade, or filtered light, can be planted beneath the canopies of larger
trees for beauty and diversity. Many of these understory trees are low
maintenance, requiring little pruning, and adapt well to
a wide range of climatic conditions, soils, insects and diseases. They
also perform well in areas where root zones are restricted.
“It’s hard to find good help nowadays . . .” Yes, is an old, tired phrase, but nonetheless true. On a landscaping project, especially, its tough to amass the skilled manpower necessary to complete a job, according to many contractors.
Some landscape contractors call it the
necessary evil. Others say it’s a profit-eating, tedious task that only
serves one purpose: good public relations. But there’s a growing army of
landscape contractors that like doing irrigation repairs. And, without
thinking twice, they’ll tell you to take their testimony straight to the
bank with the fat bag of money they made last week doing those repairs.