For almost half a century Ed Hunter had a major impact on the irrigation industry. He passed on in January of this year and we miss him. His contributions will stand as a monument to his ingenuity.
Making things grow—that’s what you do. Some green things grow easily, with little effort, even thriving on neglect. And
some take a lot of tending, just the right kind of soil, fertilizer,
irrigation and pruning to really flourish. you, as a landscape
professional, know this, of course.
BORN AND BRED IN HATTIESBURG, Mississippi, Mike Mason exudes confidence—it’s in his DNA. His father worked for the Mississippi Cooperative Service as a county agent. “Like many kids in high school, I was trying to earn a few dollars mowing lawns,” he said.
“It’s hard to find good help nowadays . . .” Yes, is an old, tired phrase, but nonetheless true. On a landscaping project, especially, its tough to amass the skilled manpower necessary to complete a job, according to many contractors.
If you've ever had to decide whether to purchase or lease vehicles or landscaping equipment, then you've probably come face to face with the complexities of making the right decision.
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.
If you've ever sat around on a Monday night to watch a football game,
you're probably familiar with the term 'sports analyst.' Often a former
player, now a sports analyst,
gives his opinion on how well teams are playing, and makes predictions
about which team has the best chance to win. Sometimes, he'll even
estimate what the final score will be.
When you first dreamed of starting your own landscape business, who knew
you'd be spending so much of your time indoors, behind a desk,
crunching numbers? But as profitable landscape professionals know,
number crunching is one of the biggest parts of the job -- especially
when those numbers have to do with cost estimating.
Unfortunately, the majority of family-owned businesses don't survive past the second generation. While succeeding generations have every intention of keeping the business going, factors ranging from a lack of estate planning to dissension among family members cause the business to close its doors.