Create Great Looks With Pavers


Landscape
Abraham Lincoln understood the importance of preparation. One of his more famous quotes says: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Paver installation is no different; you must have the knowledge and correct preparation for a successful, profitable outcome.   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Outsourcing: More than Meets the eye


Business Articles
The decision to outsource involves a lot of factors, from the size of your operation, to you and your staff’s expertise and preferences. Maybe you’re a Michelangelo of design and build, but you know little about irrigation, or don’t enjoy that part of the business.   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Computer Design Software


Landscape
There's nothing quite like a hand-drawn landscape design, slaved over for many hours, beautifully and meticulously drawn. You can put many hours into it, rendering every plant, every piece of stone, every water feature just right. When you get done, you've got a work of art, suitable for framing. But do you have a sales tool?Like it or not, landscape design has entered a whole new era.   More
 
Friday, February 15, 2013

There's an App for That

Apps to assist our industry


Business Articles
Talk to any ‘old-time’ landscape professional about the business 20 years ago and you’ll see how different the industry is today, especially from the standpoint of technology. they’ll tell you that the good old days were both the best and worst of times.   More
 
Monday, January 14, 2013

Excellence in Craftsmanship


Landscape
High-end landscape work is a whole different universe. Contractors who work with clients for whom money is no object get to see breathtaking visions take shape, and they have the privilege of being the ones who shape them. At this level, it’s not just landscape construction.   More
 
Monday, January 14, 2013

A Cut Above - Pruning Trees Landscape Style


Tree Care
These kids today get no discipline. They do what they want, when they want, and they dont care whos watching. As a result, many of them are doomed to spend their adult lives confined, either physically or emotionally.   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 Phillip Meeks

Avoid the Pitfalls, Reap the Rewards


Business Articles
When I asked five leaders of thriving landscaping firms about the biggest mistakes to avoid in the industry, their advice had nothing to do with horticultural know-how or design expertise, or even about landscaping at all. Instead, most of the mistakes they mentioned had to do with human relations.    More
 
Friday, June 1, 2007

A Room With a View


Valves
A POND OR WATER FEATURE CAN be a striking addition to any landscape. It can be sized to fit both the smallest lot and the smallest budget, or built to dwarf an average swimming pool. The problem with ponds is that they're sometimes put in the wrong location.    More
 
Monday, January 1, 2007 DON LEYN

Don't Let the Irrigation Business Scare You


Miscellaneous
If you’ve never worked on irrigation before, upon close inspection an irrigation system might appear to be a jumble of wires running here, there and everywhere, valves that work in a way you don’t understand, and pipe running underground.    More
 
Thursday, February 1, 2007 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

With just a click . . .


Controllers
Of all industries, the green industry used to seem the least likely to be swamped by the trend towards mass high tech. And yet with the increasing adoption of smart irrigation controllers, computerized routing schedules, remote-controlled mowers and computerized timekeeping services, to name only a few, the green industry is moving irreversibly into higher tech pastures.    More
 
Monday, August 18, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

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