Affordable Care Act


Business Articles
As a small business owner, you may be confused about which parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), informally known as “Obamacare,” apply to your enterprise. You’re not alone; figuring out the 1,600- page law is causing a lot of people’s heads to spin.   More
 
Monday, December 16, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

MOWER MAINTENANCE


Landscape Maintenance
There’s an old adage that says, “Take care of the little things, and the big things will take care of themselves.” This may seem like a strange way to open a story about maintaining commercial zero-turn mowers; after all, they’re hardly “little things,” either in size or in cost.   More
 
Monday, December 16, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Waterscaper of the Year


Waterscapes
Beaulieu has built more than 1,300 water features around the world, including every major city in Canada, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America. These include every type and permutation of water feature, many of which he invented, such as the pondless waterfall.   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Barrett Ersek


Close-Up Profiles
When Ersek was 12 years old, he wanted a dirt bike motorcycle, but his dad wouldn’t buy it for him. “My dad told me I could have anything I wanted; I just had to work hard and save my money,” he said. “I was really eager to get a job so I could buy my motorcycle."   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Rent? Lease? Buy?


Business Articles
Maybe you’ve always believed that renting and leasing is not the way for you to go, since it usually costs more in the long run. But making big monthly payments, or coming up with a sizable down payment right now, means you’ll have to cut back somewhere else; maybe even letting someone go.   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Which is Your Alternative Fuel Choice?


Landscape Maintenance
Have you noticed how expensive fuel costs are these days? Of course you have. No matter where you live in the country, the price for the lowest octane unleaded gasoline is well over $3.00 per gallon; for premium grades, it’s even higher. And in many places, diesel fuel prices are about the same as gasoline.   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Eight Things Your Staff Hates About You


Business Articles
If you’ve ever been in a management position, there’s a good chance that you’ve had several pet peeves regarding your staff members and their behavior. What you may not realize is that your employees probably have a few complaints themselves.   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Understanding Back Flow


Backflow
When you turn on the tap, the last thing you expect to see is worms. Yet that’s what one Michigan homeowner got when a malfunctioning lawn sprinkler coupled with a water main break sucked nematodes into his water system. there they were, alive and swimming around in the bathtub he’d just filled for his child.   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Wireless Irrigation Technology


Controllers
No question about it, wireless technology has changed all of our lives. No longer are we tethered to telephones attached to walls or boxes. We can talk on the phone just about anywhere, and do it hands-free. Wireless GPS devices mean that no one ever has to get lost again.   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Women in Landscaping


Women in Landscaping
Not being “the type to focus on a four-year degree,” Benson attended King’s College in Charlotte, North Carolina, following high school graduation in 1979. It was a school that offered a fast-track certificate course in business. “I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur, but didn’t know in what area.   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

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