Two business owners in Rochester, New York, were recently
convicted and fined $3,000 each for hiring illegal workers. Geoffrey Lechner,
52, and his brother Douglas Lechner, 51, are the principal own
‘The right tool for the right job’ is an old adage which, when followed, saves dollars and makes a lot of sense. Your
arsenal of equipment needs to be fairly extensive, due to the wide
variety of services you offer your clients. To keep your company
healthy, you need equipment that will do the best job in the shortest
amount of time.
Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
As a landscape professional, you may already agree with, and
even employ, some of the principles of eco-green sustainable (also
known as organic) landscape work. But one important
hesitation remains. How do you fight the aphids, grubs and chinch bugs
that suck the life out of ornamental plants and grasses—and can
ultimately kill them—without resorting to chemical pesticides?
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.
One year out of high school, Michael Byrne made the decision to get into the landscaping business. He held a summer job at that time, repairing lawn care equipment at a mower repair shop.
The defining moment that would set the stage for the Kinkead family legacy came in the European countryside during World War I, when Robert Kinkead took note of the sickle mowers being used to manage tall grass.
Some landscape contractors call it the
necessary evil. Others say it’s a profit-eating, tedious task that only
serves one purpose: good public relations. But there’s a growing army of
landscape contractors that like doing irrigation repairs. And, without
thinking twice, they’ll tell you to take their testimony straight to the
bank with the fat bag of money they made last week doing those repairs.
As with many corporate
executives, Roger Mongeon,
a chemical engineer
who worked for Union Carbide,
found himself being
transferred around the
provinces of Canada. His
children were growing up,
and moving from city to city,
changing schools frequently,
was getting a bit trying.
Imagine working long hours on one job. You just want to finish it in a timely, efficient manner. So, instead of three people hand-raking a yard to remove the rocks and debris to prepare the ground for turf, you put a landscape rake attachment on the front end of a skid-steer to do the job.
If you’re in the lawn mower business, you’ve probably heard of Tegtmeier, one of the most respected names in the business, and rightly so. Both Dick and his son Doug Tegtmeier learned the lawn mower manufacturing business from the ground up.