Imagine that you had the services of a magnificent sales person to whom
you paid a paltry amount of money, yet he or she would work for you
24/7/365 and you would never hear a complaint or a demand for a higher
Whether you blame politics, the population explosion,
climate change, or thirsty aliens from outer space, the reasons don’t
really matter. What does matter is that the need to conserve water isn’t
going to go away. What does this mean for irrigation
Landscape maintenance businesses are a very hot topic these days. If
managed properly, they can turn into billion-dollar revenue streams, a
fact which has, by no surprise, caught the eye of many financial
institutions. Private equity firms seem to be snatching up landscape
companies, and at good multiples. But they aren’t the only ones who are
sitting up and paying attention; so are landscape contractors
themselves. There seems to have been more activity in the last six
months than in the two years prior combined.
Dad’s cooking burgers on a kettle grill in the corner of a little
concrete patio. Mom’s setting a picnic table, while the kids run through
the sprinklers with the dog. In the not-too-distant past, that was what
“outdoor living” looked like. Things have
changed—radically. Now, an outdoor-living scenario is likely to feature a
group of fashionably dressed adults milling about an elegant L-shaped
outdoor bar, a pergola sheltering them from the hot sun. On a large
built-in gas grill, chickens and steaks are sizzling, along with
assorted other foods.
With $200 in her pocket, a 1970 station wagon which she used as a truck, and a small, ragtag crew, Deborah Turner started Ram-T Corporation, a landscape company specializing in erosion control and hardscapes. That was in 1984. Now more than 30 years later, not only has she thrived as a woman in a
heavily male-dominated industry, but she has also transformed her
start-up company into a multimillion dollar corporation.
When was the last time you had a good physical? A really thorough,
front-to-back, inside-and-outside check of all your systems, to see if
everything’s working right, or if something needs repairing or
replacing? Your customers’ irrigation systems need yearly physicals,
too; they’re called “spring startups.” As their irrigation contractor,
you’re the one who’s going to prepare, and in many cases, repair those
systems for the new season.
In a conversation I recently had with one of my clients, he expressed
his concern about finding employees who he could hire for 12-16 weeks.
Due to the nature of his business, it is typically very busy in the
first three months of the season, then begins to decline.
Aric Olson is a ‘turn around’ guy. As successful young man, he has helped turn around a number of companies that seemed to be spiraling downward. As the new president of the Irrigation Association for the ensuing year, Olson hopes he can help contribute to the growth of the association.
One of the best things about selfserve frozen yogurt places are those little white sample cups. They exist just so you can try out a new flavor before you commit to a w hole cupful. Will you really like Salted Caramel, or will it be too sweet? One taste will tell you.
It’s that time of year again...the time of year where we take a moment and reflect on every contractor’s best friend: their truck. Across the country, landscape contractors invest a lot of time, money and energy into their tools and equipment, and that includes vehicles.