Color Creates Curb Appeal


Landscape
Color is one of those topics on which everyone has an opinion and no one agrees. What’s garish and gaudy to one person is bright and cheerful to the next. Our color preferences depend upon our life experiences, our cultural backgrounds and even the physiology of our eyes   More
 
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Protecting Trees from Insect Damage


Tree Care
Be glad you’re not a male emerald ash borer out looking for a mate. If one of them could sit down next to you on a barstool and talk, he might complain about the artificiality  of today’s females.“Why, it’s as if some of them were built in a lab,” he might say.   More
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Employee Theft


Business Articles
You have assembled the best crews and taken great care in employing honest, loyal workers. You know all your “guys” are on the up and up, so why should you be concerned with employee theft? Because, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, three out of four of your employees will steal from you this year.   More
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Smart Controllers for the Residential Market


Controllers
Remember The Flintstones? The “Modern Stone-Age Family” that powered their cars with their feet and used dinosaurs as power tools? That was a great little cartoon, but it has nothing to do with anything happening today, right? Well, if you’re a landscape contractor with residential clients, you may have seen irrigation controllers that look like they were made in Bedrock.    More
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Glenn Jacobsen


Close-Up Profiles
When his school day was finished and on Saturdays, young Glenn Jacobsen would work with his father. Jacobsen senior worked at an electric company and in a tree care business on a part-time basis. “As a young lad, I grew up climbing trees and later cutting down trees,” said Jacobsen. “It’s a tough business, and I get my work ethic from my dad, who is a hard worker.” In addition to going to high school and helping his father, Jacobsen was mowing lawns in the neighborhood. He was 15 years old.   More
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

psst... Can We Talk About Trucks?


Trucks
Pickup trucks are to the landscape business as limousines are to rock stars. In fact, it’s hard to picture a landscape contractor without one. They’re used to haul mowers, irrigation and construction equipment, and crews. They’re mobile offices, dining rooms, and advertising mediums. Whether a company owns just one or an entire fleet of them, they are the workhorses we rely upon every day. That’s the practical side of things. And let’s be honest here. We love our trucks, don’t we?   More
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Bob Dobson


Close-Up Profiles
Bob Dobson was raised in Middletown, New Jersey, where his family has lived for the past 157 years. He went to high school there, and then to a local college on a math scholarship. “In those days, I thought I wanted to be a high school math teacher,” said Dobson.   More
 
Thursday, March 14, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Mowers: Versatile Machines


Landscape Maintenance
The last five years have been no piece of cake, but you’ve successfully stayed afloat by running a tight ship. That includes watching your pennies and trimming the fat. The bright side is that things are improving. Last year indicated that we’ve bottomed out and now we’re beginning to climb back up again.   More
 
Friday, February 15, 2013

Making Your Controllers Smart!


Controllers
It’s no secret that smart controllers are the future of irrigation. Increasingly, that future is now. Smart water, smart irrigation—whatever it’s being called at the moment—is being mandated by more and more governmental entities, especially as changing weather patterns seem to indicate that water is becoming a scarce commodity.   More
 
Friday, February 15, 2013

Computer Design Software


Landscape
There's nothing quite like a hand-drawn landscape design, slaved over for many hours, beautifully and meticulously drawn. You can put many hours into it, rendering every plant, every piece of stone, every water feature just right. When you get done, you've got a work of art, suitable for framing. But do you have a sales tool?Like it or not, landscape design has entered a whole new era.   More
 
Friday, February 15, 2013

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