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

 
 

Train Your Mowing Crews


Landscape Maintenance
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.    More
 
Saturday, March 1, 2008 BILL PHAGAN

Guide to Buying a Utility Loader


Power Equipment
One of the greatest summer pleasures is catching a professional baseball game. 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.   More
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

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

Selecting the Perfect Turf for Your Sports Surface


Landscape
To stand out in any field today you must have something unique or exceptional. That's especially true in sports and it carries over for the individual managing the sports turf surface. Any team's record begins with the quality of the field.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 Bruce F. Shank

Color Your Project with Pizazz


Landscape
Properly used, annual color can invite, enhance, conceal, distract, relax or excite. But color can also be a meaningless, busy hodgepodge. Healthy flowers are almost always a worthwhile addition to a site.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

The Performance Spec is Dead, Almost


Landscape
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?    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

How Many Associations Should You Join?


Business Articles
How Many Associations Should You Join? Association dues come up for renewal every winter. Few expenses pave the way toward professionalism more than association dues.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

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

Equipment Maintenance Is A Team Effort


Landscape Maintenance
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?   More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 Bruce F. Shank

Hot Tips for Spring and Summer Color


Landscape
Color beds make a site shine. Flowers can make people stop in their tracks, invite them into a business or provide relaxation after a hard day's work. But color is costly.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 Helen M. Stone

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