Painting with Light


Landscape Lighting
When an artist paints a picture, or a photographer takes an exceptional photograph, the play of light and shadows are almost as important as the subject matter, sometimes even more so. You are taken in by the way the light hits an object, or the shadow almost hides it. In the same way, lighting “paints” a home’s landscape after dark, creating a picture that lights up the night. Shadows, colors and lights all work harmoniously to shape the canvas, illuminating what was once dark. Landscape lighting allows the homeowner many more hours to enjoy their investment, and is good for everyone’s bottom line.    More
 
Monday, August 18, 2008 KATIE NAVARRO

When Uncle Sam Turns Green


Waterscapes
WHEN UNCLE SAM TURNS GREEN, should you as a business person be concerned? Maybe. Until recently, most pond installers or irrigators never paid much attention to or had to be concerned with the EPA or the subordinate Water Sense Program.    More
 
Monday, September 1, 2008 ROCKE HUNTINGTON

Case Study: Building Large Water Features


Waterscapes
THE INCREASING POPULARITY OF ponds and large water features among residential and commercial markets translates into a high profit margin for your business, and are simpler to build than you think. For this article, we will focus on the mechanics and technique of how to build a large water feature.    More
 
Monday, September 1, 2008 SARAH TIGLIO

Which Works Best for You: Truck or Trailer?


Trucks
Nothing is more crucial to a landscape contractor than his equipment, so when it comes to moving equipment from point A to point B, efficiency is key. After all, you wouldn’t want to spend three or more trips loading and unloading your materials, wasting all that gas, just to go back and get that last mower you couldn’t fit into the bed of your pickup truck the first two times around.    More
 
Monday, September 1, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

Water Audits - How Important are They?


Miscellaneous
As energy costs go up, so does our concern over how to conserve. Among these concerns is our water supply. It seems like more and more municipalities are placing restrictions on the amount of water we can use. Some homeowner groups are thinking of posting bulletins to inform its neighborhood residents that they can only water their lawns on certain days of the week for limited amounts of time, but that’s just one option.    More
 
Monday, September 1, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

Gearing Up for the Holiday Season


Landscape
But with this magic, in many parts of the country, comes cold weather. Snow begins to cover turf, ponds are frozen over and landscape contractors shut down for the season. If you’re a small businessman, how can you generate some revenue during the winter months?    More
 
Monday, September 1, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

ROY BAILEY


Close-Up Profiles
ROY BAILEY AND HIS FRIEND, RUSS Dresen, were hanging around one summer night having a few beers. They were, in many ways, no different than most other 20-somethings on a summer evening, knocking back drinks and talking about their plans for the future.   More
 
Friday, October 17, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

How Quality Maintenance Pays Off


Landscape Maintenance
Rich Angelo’s people are learning how to write. For six solid weeks, for two hours each weeknight, they meet with an English teacher, drafting make-believe letters to make believe people, learning formalities, style guidelines and basic writing skills such as spelling and grammar.    More
 
Friday, October 17, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

The ABCs of the Business Plan


Business Articles
ABOUT NINE YEARS AGO, DALE VON Dohren, owner of San Jose, California- based Landmark Landscapes, had a successful woodworking business. Then he saw an opportunity in the landscaping business and decided to change his focus.    More
 
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 RON CHEPESIUK

Precautions for the Cold: Winterizing Equipment


Power Equipment
AS AUTUMN COMES TO A CLOSE, dropping temperatures and burgeoning Christmas lights serve as a reminder that winter is just around the corner. In the landscape industry, this means two things: first, it’s time to get the snow plows out; second, it might not be a bad idea to keep your equipment properly maintained so it can handle the coming chill.    More
 
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

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