April 11 2018
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Arlington, Virginia, reminds you to carefully inspect those mowers, trimmers, blowers, chain saws, pruners or other pieces of outdoor power equipment that have sat ...
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March 5 2018
On-demand, app-based companies all work in a similar way. A contractor signs up for free. He is then offered jobs through the app, which he can accept or not. The company decides how much to charge. When ...
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Feb. 5 2018
When a landscape professional looks at that lawn, however, he sees the pounds of fertilizer that were spread, the irrigation that was carefully scheduled, the mowing that was done to just the right height, ...
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Jan. 15 2018
Some people have to learn everything the hard way, and apparently, I’m one of them. For instance, for years when cleaning house, I’d use the same bottle of spray cleaner, toting it from room ...
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Oct. 16 2017
Whether you’re learning how to throw a fastball, or to play the piano, everything starts with the fundamentals. Throwing a ball against a pitchback over and over or practicing the scales may not ...
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July 15 2017
It can happen in the middle of the night or in broad daylight, while your crew eats lunch at a fastfood restaurant. Whether it is a small string trimmer or a $20,000 commercial mower, landscape equipment ...
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May 15 2017
When Greg Taylor, owner of GTM Services in Largo, Florida, went to the Green Industry Expo (GIE) in 2014, he noticed that there were a few more companies selling battery-powered outdoor equipment. He saw ...
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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
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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