When John Jenkins signed on as an accountant in the Des Moines factory of Deere & Company, he probably never dreamed he would one day become president of a major division of a public company.
Picture a Stone Age landscape contractor, perhaps a contemporary of Fred Flintstone’s. let’s Call him Ogg.Engaged
by the local cave owners’ association to cut their lawns, Ogg the
prehistoric contractor and his crew had to get down on their knees and
tear each blade of grass by hand. It took days to do a single lawn; the
payment of mastodon skins and woolly mammoth tusks hardly seemed worth
Todd Bloom grew up in a small town in the Pennsylvania
Dutch community in Philadelphia. He was instilled with a wonderful set
of values that he feels has carried him through to this day. He,
like most kids, liked adventure. Unlike most high school kids, Bloom
decided to spend his senior year abroad, as an exchange student. “It was
a terrific way to do some traveling, to see and understand how
different and diverse this world is,” said Bloom.
Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
Environmental consciousness is not a fad. Many people want
to take a more natural approach to everything…including their
landscapes. Not long ago, if you were a property owner
who wanted to ‘go green,’ you did so with difficulty. Landscape
companies that offered these kinds of services were few and far between.
But now they’re much easier to find.
WILDFIRE! The very word sends terror through the hearts of homeowners,
particularly those who live in “fire country.” Homes turned to ashes,
miles of blackened earth...stunned families huddled together, trying to
make sense of the tragedy. Even more tragic is the fact
that some of these losses might well have been prevented with the right
kind of landscape design, irrigation and maintenance.
Once upon a time, landscape professionals just took care of landscapes. Issues with water were left to others. Then, as time went on, we expanded our range of services to include hardscapes, outdoor lighting, pond construction and installation, and most of all, irrigation. After all, without the targeted application of water to grass and plant life, nothing is going to grow.
It’s making headlines every day: “Drought conditions turn green lawns
brown.” “Crop failures expected.” Some 66 percent of the U.S. is
experiencing extreme drought conditions. While landscape companies may
not be paying the water bill, their businesses may be.
Twas two months before the holidays and all through the land, landscape
contractors called customers and dusted off plans. For the next hundred
days, they were busy as bees, hanging holiday lights along rooflines
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.
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."