Avoid the Pitfalls, Reap the Rewards


Business Articles
When I asked five leaders of thriving landscaping firms about the biggest mistakes to avoid in the industry, their advice had nothing to do with horticultural know-how or design expertise, or even about landscaping at all. Instead, most of the mistakes they mentioned had to do with human relations.    More
 
Friday, June 1, 2007

Elements of Design: Take Your Water Features to the Next Level


Waterscapes
his summer, I've been engaged by Savio Engineering to crisscross the country teaching groups of contractors in hands-on clinics about the fundamentals of water feature construction -- that is, the installation of ponds, water gardens, and pond-free systems.   More
 
Sunday, July 1, 2007

Is Franchising Right for You?


Business Articles
In 1940, two siblings opened a restaurant in San Bernardino, California. It was based on two factors: good food and speedy service. The people liked it and the trend caught on.    More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2007

The New Generation of Landscape Lighting


Landscape Lighting
That depends on whether you've given them one of the most important elements in landscaping today outdoor lighting. If you have, your clients are undoubtedly enjoying their nighttime landscapes as much as they do during the day.    More
 
Sunday, July 1, 2007

Grind That Stump and Add Dollars


Landscape
All that remains of the tree is the stump, the unattractive remnants of a tree that once was. But before you can paint the canvas of dirt, the stump has to be removed.    More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Lean, Mean, and Blue Green


Miscellaneous
From Wisconsin to Texas, from California to Maine, as the warmer weather moves in, most states become more watchful for toxic algae, a blue-green variety that is potentially harmful.    More
 
Saturday, September 1, 2007

Swimming Ponds

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Waterscapes
You're taking potential customers to one of your client's homes to show them an example of the type of work you do. You've made arrangements with your client and received their permission to show off your skills. As you're walking through the backyard gate, your potential customers suddenly stop and look around with an expression you're now familiar with, and you smile to yourself. You've been there before. Your potential customers are frozen in their tracks; there's a look of awe and amazement like they've been magically whisked to another part of the planet.   More
 
Saturday, September 1, 2007

Maintaining Your Fleet


Landscape Maintenance
Any military commander will tell you that next to the men and equipment, the most important element is the vehicles that make up the supply-line. These vehicles transport the crucial men and materiel.    More
 
Saturday, September 1, 2007

Creating Wildfire Resistant Landscapes


Landscape
Its important to remember that people are not completely helpless when it comes to protecting themselves and their homes from wildfire.    More
 
Saturday, September 1, 2007

Valve Boxes: Do We Need Them?


Valves
While taking a walk in my neighborhood one day I noticed that water was spewing out from everywhere at a nearby home, or at least it seemed that way. Upon closer inspection it appeared that the valves that service the irrigation system were damaged, causing this mess.    More
 
Monday, October 1, 2007 JASON FORSTER

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