Avoid the Pitfalls, Reap the Rewards


Business Articles
When I asked five leaders of thriving landscaping firms about the biggest mistakes to avoid in the industry, their advice had nothing to do with horticultural know-how or design expertise, or even about landscaping at all. Instead, most of the mistakes they mentioned had to do with human relations.    More
 
Friday, June 1, 2007

Elements of Design: Take Your Water Features to the Next Level


Waterscapes
his summer, I've been engaged by Savio Engineering to crisscross the country teaching groups of contractors in hands-on clinics about the fundamentals of water feature construction -- that is, the installation of ponds, water gardens, and pond-free systems.   More
 
Sunday, July 1, 2007

Accessorize Your Power Equipment


Landscape
Imagine working long hours on one job. You just want to finish it in a timely, efficient manner. So, instead of three people hand-raking a yard to remove the rocks and debris to prepare the ground for turf, you put a landscape rake attachment on the front end of a skid-steer to do the job.    More
 
Sunday, July 1, 2007

Is Franchising Right for You?


Business Articles
In 1940, two siblings opened a restaurant in San Bernardino, California. It was based on two factors: good food and speedy service. The people liked it and the trend caught on.    More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Increase Your Productivity with the Right Mower


Landscape Maintenance
We hear about a shortage of labor that is a concern to all in our industry. We can get more business, but how will we be able to handle it If we can't hire additional labor, how can we grow our company? There are ways.    More
 
Thursday, November 1, 2007

The History of John Deere


Miscellaneous
John Deere was born into a poverty stricken family in Vermont in 1804 -- more than two hundred years ago. Today, his name and the company that he started are one of the most recognized names in the business world; however, his beginnings were much less auspicious.    More
 
Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Spring Start-up


Irrigation
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.    More
 
Tuesday, January 1, 2008 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Mower Maintenance

the time spent on maintenance is one of your wisest investments


Landscape Maintenance
When winter begins to loosen its hold and spring is in the air, a contractor’s thoughts turn to one thing: mowing. Lawn care is the granddaddy of maintenance services, and mowers are its favorite child. Yet whether you own one mower or 100, your services aren’t worth their salt if you can’t cut quickly and professionally.    More
 
Tuesday, January 1, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Irrigation Pipe Repair


Pipe & Fittings
YOU’VE JUST COMPLETED A PROJECT that included weeks of planting. As you close the last door on the work trailer you notice water bubbling out of the ground and running along the curb. A moment of panic sets in. What do you do now?   More
 
Friday, February 1, 2008 KATIE NAVARRO

Train Your Mowing Crews


Landscape Maintenance
I USED TO OWN A LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE COMPANY THAT I SOLD to another company when I retired. Well, that didn’t last too long; I got bored and took a position as president of a landscape company. Along the way, I learned a lot about how to make more bottom-line profits.    More
 
Saturday, March 1, 2008 BILL PHAGAN

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