WANTED: Sustainable Landscape Services for Savvy Consumers


For decades, Billy Goodnick has been showing people how to create sustainable landscapes – and how to ditch their lawns. But don't think of me as a "bad guy," he says.... more

 
 

MANUEL PEREZ de la MESA


Close-Up Profiles
What makes Manny run? Is it a need to succeed or is it in his DNA? Or just maybe he is one of those people who loves what he's doing and doesn't consider it work.    More
 
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

John Jenkins - John Deere & Co.


Close-Up Profiles
When John Jenkins signed on as an accountant in the Des Moines factory of Deere & Company, he probably never dreamed he would one day become president of a major division of a public company.    More
 
Tuesday, June 1, 2004 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Lean, Mean, and Green: Software Simplifies Business


Business Articles
You'd be surprised. An increasing number of landscape companies are turning to computers and specialized software programs to streamline their accounting practices, their design practices, or even their maintenance practices. And an increasing number of software companies are out to meet that demand.    More
 
Thursday, June 1, 2006

Herb King


Close-Up Profiles
Herb King knows all about dreams both having them, and chasing them. Though he is now owner and CEO of the company his father started back in the 1960s, he doesn't expect any of his own children to take the helm when he retires.    More
 
Thursday, June 1, 2006 REBECCA PETERSON

Backflow Prevention: Protecting Water, Protecting Yourself


Backflow
For potable water, life is a series of one-way streets. Safe drinking water depends on all “traffic” within a water system to move in the direction it’s supposed to. Fresh water flows one way. It isn’t supposed to turn around and travel in the other direction.    More
 
Monday, June 5, 2006 ELIZABETH LEXAU

Case Study: HosEnclose


Irrigation
It’s been nearly three years in the making, but for Steve Tibbs, he wanted everything just right. “We built a new wing onto our home,” says Tibbs. “We completely redid the home, changing roof pitches, sandblasting the house. So it was very important that the yard continue to support this look and feel.”    More
 
Saturday, July 1, 2006

Let It Snow


Snow & Ice
For the typical nine- or ten-month seasonal landscape contractor, the first snowfall is just another symbol of the end of the year.    More
 
Sunday, October 1, 2006 REBECCA PETERSON

Two-Wire Makes Irrigation Too Easy


Controllers
A recent newsletter reported that the price of copper is so high that people are actually stealing it. Because copper prices have increased almost 160 percent since 2005, copper has been stolen from utility poles, plaques, and irrigation systems, and then sold for profit    More
 
Wednesday, November 1, 2006 REBECCA PETERSON

Irrigation: Generate More Revenue


Miscellaneous
Servicing lawn irrigation systems can be a very profitable item to offer your customers. It’s easy to become overly focused on installations as a source of income, but servicing is a profit center that should not be overlooked.    More
 
Monday, January 1, 2007

Case Study: The JobClock System


Business Articles
PAYROLL. AS A BUSINESS OWNER, IT'S your single biggest expense. More than gas, more than materials, more even than equipment, your heftiest expenditure is labor. Beyond that, it also eats up a great deal of time, and requires an enormous amount of paperwork.    More
 
Thursday, February 1, 2007

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