April 15 2013 02:34 PM

As spring arrives, it might be time to ‘refresh’ your landscape business with new concepts. By doing the same routine over and over, boredom and apathy can set in. One way to refresh your business is to sign up for different courses.

There are always new things to learn. Check out what is offered in your area, or what trade shows might be worthwhile for you to attend. Some horticulture and garden design courses are even offered at no charge.

Start a journal of plants you use in your projects, complete with photos and notes. This is a great way to see what's performed well, and in what location. It also helps to see how different plants have reacted to weather conditions, and which plants have developed as you expected.

Take photos throughout the year, using both close-up and wide shots of each planting. The wide shots can help you see how accurately you've estimated the planting space. The journal can be an excellent reference tool for your business. You can also use it to show your clients different ways to improve their yards.

Try incorporating vegetables into your clients’ landscapes. Sounds silly, but you'll be amazed at how many clients will like the idea of having fresh vegetables to choose from, once they mature. Sow broad beans, cauliflower or swede , a Swedish turnip--or whatever works best in your geographic region. Vegetables used in landscaping are both attractive and tasty.

Who knows, you might find that just by incorporating one of these ideas, you will re-energize your business.