It’s time to think spring. Sure, warm weather is still a few months
away for most of the country, but for irrigation professionals now is
the time to plan for a smooth, successful spring start-up season.
the time spent on maintenance is one of your wisest investments
When winter begins to loosen its hold and spring is in
the air, a contractor’s thoughts turn to one thing: mowing.
Lawn care is the granddaddy of maintenance services, and
mowers are its favorite child. Yet whether you own one
mower or 100, your services aren’t worth their salt if you
can’t cut quickly and professionally.
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.
An old story about Michelangelo says that the artist was so
gifted that he could visualize a sculpture in its entirety
before his chisel ever touched the stone. The physical crafting of
the piece was then only a matter of removing the excess to reveal
the image inside. But while freehand may have worked well for
Michelangelo, it’s pretty safe to assume that most of us aren’t
quite at that level.
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.
One of the greatest summer
pleasures is catching a professional
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?