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

 
 

Excellence in Craftsmanship

Landscape,Excellence in Craftsmanship


Landscape
GROWING UP, KEVIN ROBERTS, OWNER OF BIG SKY LANDSCAPING, Inc., would leave his home in Montana to spend his summers in Oregon working for an uncle who owned a tree service company.    More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Pre-emergence Controls

Chemical, Biological & Cultural Options


Weed and Pest Control
Spring is here, at least in some parts of the country. Soon little green things will be sprouting up all over. As usual, the sprouts will include not only the plants we want but some of the others, too . . . the good, the bad, and the ugly. For landscape contractors this means finding ways to protect the good while getting rid of the bad and the ugly. In other words, weeds.    More
 
Friday, February 1, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Tax Talk Issues for Small Business Owners


Business Articles
IT’S TAX TIME . . . THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN MANY CONTRACTORS look at their tax bills and wonder if they could have done anything differently. The smart ones do more than wonder. They seek professional advice.    More
 
Saturday, March 1, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Pumping Stations


Irrigation
When we think of a pump station, we’re usually thinking of water purveyors who are pumping water so your home can have potable water for drinking, showering, etc. Golf enthusiasts might see pumping stations as a way to pump water from one pond to another.    More
 
Saturday, March 1, 2008 KATIE NAVARRO

Buy, Rent, or Lease?


Landscape Maintenance
If your business isnt growing the way you want it to, and your profits are not as high as you expected, it might be time to look at your equipment.    More
 
Friday, April 18, 2008

Drainage: Don't let potential profits go down the drain


Drainage
Hear that giant sucking sound? It's money swirling down a black hole called missed opportunity, never to be seen again. The opportunity, which is often overlooked and an otherwise unconsidered profit center, is found on the other side of the landscape drainage system installation.   More
 
Friday, April 18, 2008

Maintaining Your Mower Equipment: It Adds Dollars and Makes Sens


Landscape Maintenance
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.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 RICHARD LENTI

Fertilization Can Help Turf Withstand Traffic


Fertilizer
Every landscape manager has them, places where turf just won't survive because people take short cuts.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Capital...

Financial options for Growing Your Business


Business Articles
Capital - Financial Option for Growing Your Business, Most landscaping businesses today are experiencing rapid growth. This proves that you're marketing effectively against formidable competition and servicing present accounts in such a manner to retain their loyalty. But growth has its problems. The faster and bigger you grow, the more likely it is that you may run out of capital before you run out of marketing steam.   More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Coming Up Short: The Search for Labor


Business Articles
Seems like we're short on just about everything these days: time, money, water and especially labor. Advances in green industry technology... have made it possible to work more efficiently, but we still need workers.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

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