The ABCs of the Business Plan


Business Articles
ABOUT NINE YEARS AGO, DALE VON Dohren, owner of San Jose, California- based Landmark Landscapes, had a successful woodworking business. Then he saw an opportunity in the landscaping business and decided to change his focus.    More
 
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 RON CHEPESIUK

Pruning Trees with Your Feet on the Ground


Tree Care
A landscape maintenance contractor has just finished work on a residential yard. The homeowner asks the contractor to take a look at one of her trees while he’s there. Several large branches are growing into an overhanging balcony and the owner wants the tree cut back a few feet.   More
 
Thursday, April 16, 2009 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Color Sells

There's no place like home


Landscape
That statement is more true today than it ever has been before. In recent years, travel has become so costly and so stressful that people are booking fewer vacations. In addition, as more Americans begin to be affected by the current economic crunch, discretionary funds for leisure activities are becoming scarce.   More
 
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 RYAN FRIEDMAN

Getting an Edge in Tough Times


Business Articles
Having been involved in the green industry for more than 30 years, I am hard pressed to remember a time so difficult for our industry. In particular, we are facing a very challenging economy.    More
 
Thursday, April 16, 2009 JON EWING

KEN HUTCHESON


Close-Up Profiles
IT ISN’T TOO OFTEN THAT WE COME across an individual like Ken Hutcheson. On the outside he is warm, engaging and charming. However, under his skin lies a savvy, dedicated businessperson.   More
 
Friday, May 15, 2009 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Water Features and the Green Revolution


Waterscapes
I live in the Northwest. By most accounts, this area is considered to be the epicenter of the “green” revolution. According to Popular Science magazine, the region contains three of the nation’s Top Green Cities: Portland and Eugene, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.    More
 
Friday, May 15, 2009 CHRIS HOLT

Trenchers . . . More Than One Way to Dig


Power Equipment
Whether installing pipe, laying cable, or digging out space for hardscape or edging, trenching through packed earth can be hard on both people and equipment. The equipment that does your digging can have a big impact on your bottom line.    More
 
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Prevent Those Pesky Weeds


Weed and Pest Control
While much of the country is still digging out from under mountains of snow, it’s hard to imagine that spring is just around the corner. Believe it or not, warmer temperatures will be with us quite soon, and with them will also begin the emergence of plush lawns and, unfortunately, some nasty weeds as well.   More
 
Thursday, February 18, 2010 ROBIN WESTMILLER

Designing Your Customer’s Dream Pond


Waterscapes
The environmental movement that began back in the 1960s has gained momentum through the decades and on into the 21st century. As human population numbers explode, natural resources grow scarcer because of the infinite appetite of commercial and developmental concerns.   More
 
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 BRIAN HELFRICH

Employee Retention in Difficult Times


Business Articles
By far, the most appealing of the four is freezing salaries. The problem is, no hard working employee wants to hear the words “Times are tough . . .    More
 
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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