Make the Most Out of Winter Downtime


Landscape Maintenance
THE OFF-SEASON FOR IRRIGATION and landscape contracting businesses is often a time for organization, inventory, accounts receivables, budgets and projections. However, once these important tasks are completed, seasonal landscape companies often struggle with finding winter activities that would be the most productive and profitable for them and their fulltime employees.    More
 
Thursday, February 1, 2007

Snow Business: Set the Stage for a Great Winter


Snow & Ice
If you're living and working in a four-season climate and you're not already offering snow and ice removal, chances are you've wondered about it. There's no doubt that cleaning up after winter weather is big business in this country. Companies that do the job well can make substantial profits in short order.    More
 
Monday, October 1, 2007

The Importance of SOPs


Business Articles
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOPs) are the lifeblood of any successful company and should be developed for every process in your business. You should have procedures for everything from hiring new employees to equipment maintenance, to how to properly install pavers.    More
 
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 JODY SHILAN

Control Weeds Before They Sprout


Weed and Pest Control
Crabgrass, Johnson grass, dandelions—such weeds can overcrowd lawns and pilfer air, water and nutrients that desirable plants need to survive and maintain a healthy appearance. Unchecked, weeds can completely dominate these plants, turning what could be a beautiful and verdant lawn into a wasteland of unsightly weeds.   More
 
Monday, February 23, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

Plug into Profits with Landscape Lighting

...what you need to know to get started


Landscape Lighting
The holiday season is approaching with the speed of Santa’s sleigh. Before you know it, the sound of carols will fill the crisp winter nights, and the familiar smell of Christmas trees will permeate the air.    More
 
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 RYAN FRIEDMAN

Operating a Profitable Snow Removal Business


Snow & Ice
With winter on its way and its inherent bone-chilling temperatures and falling snow in many parts of the country, many landscape contractors have chosen to add snow removal services as a way to supplement their income and retain their employees.    More
 
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 JOHN ALLIN

Getting Into Snow and Ice


Snow & Ice
When the chilly month of October rolls around, landscape businesses in the colder climates of the country often close their doors for the winter. When the grass goes dormant, that’s the end of the work for the season. You lock up your tools, empty the gas out of the mowers, and watch your employees leave to find work elsewhere.   More
 
Friday, August 17, 2012

Fall Fertilization...Timing is Everything


Fertilizer
According to the popular 1960’s song, “To everything there is a season—a time to plant, a time to reap.” Perhaps, if Pete Seeger had been a landscape contractor, he would have written, “A time to plant and a time to fertilize.” And if Seeger had been a landscape contractor, given only one season to fertilize, he would have chosen the fall. Why would he choose the fall? The answer is quite simple. Of all the seasons, fall is the best time of the year for feeding your lawn because this is the time, just before it goes dormant, for the turf to store nutrients to sustain it over the cold winter months.   More
 
Thursday, September 23, 2010 ROBIN WESTMILLER

New Trends in Snow & Ice Management


Snow & Ice
With the weather starting to cool down, and the landscape season coming to a close in many parts of the country, this could be a good time to begin thinking of how you can generate additional revenue for your company. There are a number of options available to you, but if you haven’t thought about adding snow removal, this could be as good a time as any to begin.   More
 
Monday, October 18, 2010 MARK HALL

Hitting the Springtime Ground...Running!


Landscape
NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE, THERE’S always one glorious day in early spring that hollers to the world, “Winter’s over! Winter’s over!” The temperature is unseasonably warm. The sun is finally high enough in the sky that north-facing shrubs and trees, which haven’t tasted sunlight since autumn, are lit with lustrous, lemony light.   More
 
Friday, December 9, 2011

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