Servicing lawn irrigation systems can
be a very profitable item to offer your
customers. It’s easy to become overly
focused on installations as a
source of income, but servicing is a
profit center that should not be overlooked.
PAYROLL. AS A BUSINESS OWNER, IT'S your single biggest expense. More than gas, more than materials, more even than equipment, your heftiest expenditure is labor. Beyond that, it also eats up a great deal of time, and requires an enormous amount of paperwork.
If you’ve never worked on irrigation before, upon close inspection an irrigation system might appear to be a jumble of wires running here, there and everywhere, valves that work in a way you don’t understand, and pipe running underground.
In most cases, utilizing a new or different product isnt about simply going out and buying it. That would be easy. The real challenge lies in learning what it is, what it does, how it works, and then training your crews to operate it proficiently.
As with most equipment purchases, choosing the right trencher is more about your business than it is about the equipment itself. How many inches a machine trenches per hour is one measure of productivity, but that's only part of the story.
During his tenure as a landscape manager in California's Marin and
Sonoma counties, Tom Campbell noticed something alarming. The tremendous
overuse of water in landscaping made him jump into action and start a
new company dedicated to eliminating water in irrigation.
This is a huge amount of water devoted to a use that isn'considered a necessity in all circles. To make matters worse, experts estimate that as much as half of the water used for landscape irrigation is wasted due to evaporation, runoff, over-watering, and poorly designed systems.
Due to escalating water prices
and the drought sweeping areas of
the Southeast, Sun Belt states and
the West, people are tuning into
water-wise practices with more
interest than ever before. Water
issues can carry a variety of collateral
damage. When water gets
tight, the green industry is often
one of the first to suffer restrictions
that hurt business.