It’s time to think spring. Sure, warm weather is still a few months
away for most of the country, but for irrigation professionals now is
the time to plan for a smooth, successful spring start-up season.
A recent newsletter reported that the price of copper is so high that people are actually stealing it. Because copper prices have increased almost 160 percent since 2005, copper has been stolen from utility poles, plaques, and irrigation systems, and then sold for profit
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.
In most cases, utilizing a new or different product isnt about simply going out and buying it. That would be easy. The real challenge lies in learning what it is, what it does, how it works, and then training your crews to operate it proficiently.
AT ONE POINT, THERE WERE MORE THAN 40,000 PAPER ROUTE CARDS
covering one of the walls at Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape
Care in Denver, Colorado. “Needless to say, it was an inefficient
process that was killing us and resulting in mistakes for our clients,”
recalls John Gibson, director of operations.
It’s happening all over
the country. Watering
restrictions are showing
up everywhere—not only
in arid climates but also in
places where, only a short
time ago, water was considered
a low-cost, free-flowing
BESIDES INDEPENDENCE DAY,
there’s another reason for contractors
to celebrate July: Smart Irrigation
Month. As July is one of the
peak months for landscape water
usage, it’s a good time to look closely
at smart irrigation practices,
water-saving irrigation products
and water efficiency in general.
Back in the day, going to school
meant walking, and in my case it
was uphill both ways. Well, maybe
not both ways . . . my point is that
going to school may be tough, but
the alternative is tougher, for sure.
The same logic goes for continuing
education in the workplace.