April 15 2017
I never did come down with the classic Vitamin C deficiency ailment that fruit-deprived sailors used to get, however, because my indulgent grandmother gave me grape juice instead. That was one of her many ...
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March 15 2017
After a few years, he decides that mowing lawns and doing other landscape maintenance chores isn’t really his strongest service area. He decides to focus on other aspects of his enterprise that will ...
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March 15 2017
henever I do hard physical labor, pain is the usual result. An afternoon spent moving firewood logs results in an evening nursing sore calf and abdominal muscles. But that’s okay with me. I kind ...
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Jan. 16 2017
As landscape maintenance contractors, we seem to be in a continual quest to operate more quickly and more efficiently. With weather sometimes being a factor as well as having a limited supply of labor, ...
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Nov. 18 2016
As members of the green industry, we all know that there are times when we have more problems to fix than time to fix them in. When we’re running ourselves ragged to service our customers and keep ...
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Oct. 15 2016
Our goal in the green industry is the maintenance and beautification of our clients’ landscapes. From coast to coast, property owners want their landscape to fit their ideal, and for most, that means ...
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July 15 2016
Unlike pre-emergents that prevent weeds from appearing, post-emergent herbicides control only existing plants, and provide no residual weed control. Their primary function is to control young annual species, ...
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May 16 2016
What we’re looking for is a guarded truce, sort of like a Berlin Wall or DMZ. We want them to stay on their side of the barrier, and we’ll stay on the other; but we’ll always be out there, ...
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Feb. 16 2016
That description would no doubt elicit some steely-eyed disapproval from suburban property owners. They, who fight constantly to keep the dreaded yellow scourge off their lawns, revile the sloppy neighbor ...
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Feb. 16 2016
Nick Gramer, the owner and operator of Blue Moon Lawn and Landscape in Muskegon, Michigan, is a stickler for safety. It all stems from a serious accident he witnessed about six years ago ...
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Jan. 15 2016
Winter is here. The winds are blowing, and at meteorology stations across the country, the mercury is dropping. Whether you’ve got snow or not, you probably want nothing more than to sink into a ...
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Jan. 15 2016
The New Year is here, and in many parts of the country that signals a quiet time for the landscape contractor. Irrigating lawns and freezing temperatures do not make a good combination, so in northern ...
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Dec. 15 2015
This year will likely be remembered as something of a landmark year in the green industry. We’ve seen seasonal weather abnormalities so severe that you might wonder whether Mother Nature was off ...
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Nov. 16 2015
The green industry would not exist as it does today without the invention of the motorized mower. These mighty machines are many times more efficient than their muscle-powered predecessors, and you could ...
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Oct. 15 2015
EDITOR’S NOTE: Although this study was conducted in 2004, more than 11 years ago, it is still relevant today. We recently spoke with John DeCell about this report, which compared prices for doing ...
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May 15 2015
In today's environment, the pressure to be competitive is enormous. Without implementing time management systems and using the tools and technology that are available, it is a foregone conclusion that ...
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March 16 2015
Landscape maintenance businesses are a very hot topic these days. If managed properly, they can turn into billion-dollar revenue streams, a fact which has, by no surprise, caught the eye of many financial ...
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Feb. 19 2015
Remember the old “Batman” TV show? If you do, you may recall that no matter what dire situation he and Robin got into, courtesy of some supervillain, the Caped Crusader would have some gizmo ...
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Nov. 17 2014
In a large swath of the country, the coming of fall and winter means that annual chores need to get done before the weather turns bitter. Storm windows are put up, snow tires are put on, outdoor furniture ...
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Oct. 15 2014
It’s not unlike what happens when it comes time to choose a new commercial mower (or mowers) for your landscape business. There are plenty of good, solid, quality mowers out there, that’s not ...
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