Grinding for Dollars


Power Equipment
As long as there have been politicians running for office, there have been stump speeches. That is, that species of campaigning where the candidate ascends a real or virtual tree stump to address—or harangue!—a crowd of onlookers.   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Profitable Companies Share the Secrets of Their Success


Business Articles
It's all about people Leaders of successful companies often speak of their employees with a great sense of respect, appreciation, and even awe. "I can't say enough about our people," says Mark Borst, owner of Borst Landscape based in Allendale, New Jersey. "Our employees are definitely the backbone of our business."   More
 
Monday, May 1, 2006

Power Produces Productivity


Landscape Maintenance
Do you remember when you purchased your first piece of power equipment? Maybe you were still a teenager, and you bought a walk-behind mower that you stored in your dad’s garage. Maybe it was the first riding mower you bought when you decided to go into business for yourself, after putting in a few years working for another company. Whatever it was, the decision was probably not a difficult one. You knew what you needed and you knew exactly how much money you had to spend.    More
 
Monday, May 1, 2006 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Did You Say Pond or Waterfall?


Waterscapes
How many times have your customers told you that they’ve always dreamed of having a pond in their backyard? Uh… wait a minute, now let’s review that.    More
 
Monday, May 1, 2006 CHIC KELTY

Backyard Putting Greens


Landscape
As golf’s popularity explodes, thanks in no small part to “superstar” players like Tiger Woods, more and more golfers are realizing that they’d love the convenience and luxury of practicing at their own home.    More
 
Thursday, June 1, 2006 REBECCA PETERSON

Lean, Mean, and Green: Software Simplifies Business


Business Articles
You'd be surprised. An increasing number of landscape companies are turning to computers and specialized software programs to streamline their accounting practices, their design practices, or even their maintenance practices. And an increasing number of software companies are out to meet that demand.    More
 
Thursday, June 1, 2006

When Profits Walk Away: How Much Are You Losing to Theft?


Business Articles
It was a lucky break that Joe Valdez, owner of Green Acres Landscaping, happened to glance back at his truck during a jobsite conversation with an employee one morning in Oakland, California. It was a lucky break that Joe Valdez, owner of Green Acres Landscaping, happened to glance back at his truck during a jobsite conversation with an employee one morning.   More
 
Thursday, June 1, 2006

Herb King


Close-Up Profiles
Herb King knows all about dreams both having them, and chasing them. Though he is now owner and CEO of the company his father started back in the 1960s, he doesn't expect any of his own children to take the helm when he retires.    More
 
Thursday, June 1, 2006 REBECCA PETERSON

Backflow Prevention: Protecting Water, Protecting Yourself


Backflow
For potable water, life is a series of one-way streets. Safe drinking water depends on all “traffic” within a water system to move in the direction it’s supposed to. Fresh water flows one way. It isn’t supposed to turn around and travel in the other direction.    More
 
Monday, June 5, 2006 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Case Study: HosEnclose


Irrigation
It’s been nearly three years in the making, but for Steve Tibbs, he wanted everything just right. “We built a new wing onto our home,” says Tibbs. “We completely redid the home, changing roof pitches, sandblasting the house. So it was very important that the yard continue to support this look and feel.”    More
 
Saturday, July 1, 2006

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