In a business like landscaping where people come from all walks of life, Tony Bass is a breath of fresh air. Many of us meander into this business— some are born into it, but with Bass it was planned.
Imagine that you’re going to visit an aging relative who lives in a lushly landscaped retirement community. But wouldn’t you know it, you’ve managed to hit the day of the big lawn bowling tournament. You watch Aunt Emmie step up with her ball, get ready to make the winning throw, and then—the sprinklers come on.
Buildings everywhere are doing the green thing.
Commercial buildings, homes and even entire neighborhoods
are being designed with sustainability in mind.
Consumers want it, realtors know it sells, governments are
demanding it and engineers and architects are delivering.
AS AUTUMN COMES TO A CLOSE,
dropping temperatures and burgeoning
Christmas lights serve as a
reminder that winter is just around
the corner. In the landscape industry,
this means two things: first,
it’s time to get the snow plows out;
second, it might not be a bad idea
to keep your equipment properly
maintained so it can handle the
A WELL-MAINTAINED LAWN IS
a source of great pride for the property
owner. It also sends a message
to all who pass by about the quality
of a well kept property. By the
same token, the landscape professional
who maintains that property
has the same pride—the pride of a
job well done, not just now, but on
a regular basis.
IMAGINE, IF ONLY FOR A MOMENT, A
lawn so overpopulated with
weeds and overgrown blades of
grass you’d think you were kneedeep
in some faraway jungle. Not
exactly idyllic, right? Well, no great
WHEN JOHN MILLER WAS STILL A
teenager he was managing
his own lawn care company. Called
Superior Lawns, Miller’s company
handled everything from mowing
lawns to working with tractors. It
was a pretty successful venture.
Between high school proms and
mid-term exams, Superior Lawns
occupied much of Miller’s focus,
and before long, he was pulling in
enough business to bring some of
his schoolyard friends onboard as
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
The H-2B program was
designed to legally and
temporarily supply immigrant
workers to American industries
that struggle with labor shortages,
especially those in the service
areas (hotels, restaurants) as
well as seasonal businesses. So
now, with a lagging economy
and unemployment rates reaching
record highs, the need for
the program no longer exists,
You may be questioning whether the American Dream, and the infinite promise it holds, is still a reality. In today’s day and age, with the economic crisis looming, doubts like this are not uncommon. But there is good news: the
American Dream is alive and well.