Tom Jessen


Close-Up Profiles
Jessen went to a small country school, with 12 grades in 12 rooms. He attended Indiana State University, but when he ran out of money he had to move back home and take a job working on a punch press to earn enough to complete his education.   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mark Borst


Close-Up Profiles
Frankie Valli, Bruce Springsteen, Derek Jeter, and kids’ writer Judy Blume are all people born in New Jersey who’ve made it big. Those in the landscape business know to add to that list Mark Borst, who founded and owns Borst Landscaping and Design in Allendale, New Jersey.   More
 
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Business Owners Fined for Illegal Workers


Latest News
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   More
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Spraders and Sprayers... Essential Tools for Your Business


Landscape Maintenance
‘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.   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Controlling Pests

Part of an Eco-Green Landscape


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?    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

Michael Byrne

ALCA


Close-Up Profiles
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.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

George Kinkead

Turfco


Close-Up Profiles
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.   More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Irrigation Repairs... Another Profit Center


Miscellaneous
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.   More
 
Saturday, May 1, 1999 Ryan Van Benthuysen

CHRIS & JENNIFER LEMCKE AND ROGER MONGEON


Close-Up Profiles
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.    More
 
Thursday, February 1, 2007 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

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