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

Guide to Buying a Utility Loader


Power Equipment
One of the greatest summer pleasures is catching a professional baseball game. There’s something thrilling about watching a pro throw a shutout or leap for a line drive. As it turns out, baseball and power equipment have something in common.   More
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

Buy, Rent, or Lease?


Landscape Maintenance
If your business isnt growing the way you want it to, and your profits are not as high as you expected, it might be time to look at your equipment.    More
 
Friday, April 18, 2008

Maintaining Your Mower Equipment: It Adds Dollars and Makes Sens


Landscape Maintenance
As a landscape maintenance contractor, you will spend thousands of dollars on these machines over the course of your business. For much of the year, your lawn mowers will be operated on a daily basis. Yet unlike cars, trucks or other pieces of equipment, the contractor often does a minimum amount of maintenance on their mowers, running them into the ground. There’s got to be a better way and there is.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 RICHARD LENTI

The Performance Spec is Dead, Almost


Landscape
The untimely demise of the "Performance Spec" for landscape and erosion control projects should have us all concerned. Content to specify the materials to be used, there is too little regard for the end result. Did anything grow?    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Night Lighting Tips & Techniques

Capturing Nature's Beauty at Night


Landscape Lighting
Night Lighting Tips & Techniques Tips and Techniques: Capturing Nature's Beauty at Night    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Equipment Maintenance Is A Team Effort


Landscape Maintenance
Mowing seems untouched in today's over-analyzed business world. Shouldn't we be doing time-motion studies to make sure we have the most efficient mower for particular sites and checking the productivity of employees on a biweekly basis?   More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 Bruce F. Shank

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