Sept. 15 2014
Competition among landscape contractors can be fierce. During the bidding process, every conceivable advantage is precious, especially where time and cost of labor are concerned. Investments in machinery ...
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Aug. 15 2014
FOR 25 YEARS, JOHN FOSSUM, landscape designer at Wylie, Texas-based MLJ Landscaping, has followed the same basic routine when drawing his plans. He’d spend two to three days on the client’s ...
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Aug. 15 2014
Come winter, Sammy Cahn’s classic, “Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!” will play on every radio from coast to coast. If you’re in the snow removal business, you might well ...
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July 15 2014
One of the many decisions a business owner has to make is when and if to purchase new equipment. You ask yourself, “Will this tool help me expand? Cut costs? Streamline the work flow? Will I get ...
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June 16 2014
Having survived two world wars, the Great Depression, several recessions, and a near-bankruptcy, The Toro Company turns 100 this year. In our rapidly-changing world, any entity that reaches the age of ...
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June 16 2014
There’s an old industrial short subject called “Spring Fever.” In it, a man’s wife won’t let him go out and play golf until he fixes a broken sofa spring. Frustrated, he yells: ...
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May 16 2014
As a contractor, you have some idea of what your costumers want, or of what's popular in your neck of the woods. Ther are other ways to get a picture of some of the broader green industry trends that are ...
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April 15 2014
If you think back to ancient times, we’ve all seen photographs of the pyramids, aqueducts, and old buildings and marveled at their shapes and designs. Even more interesting, we’ve wondered ...
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March 14 2014
There’s an old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So when you’re creating a design for a landscape, you want your thousand words to be good ones. Well, with computer ...
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March 14 2014
If you say, "Landscape Business" to most people, they’ll immediately picture a lawnmower, and somebody pushing or riding it. Mowing grass is the iconic service of the green industry, and the place ...
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Feb. 14 2014
If you’ve been using plant material and wildflowers that are native to your local area, you’ve been in the eco-green movement for a while, although you may not have realized it. Now, more than ...
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Feb. 14 2014
“I did a dumb thing last year but I learned a lesson,” said one landscape contractor, who requested anonymity. Because he was rushing to close down for the winter, he did not prepare his equipment ...
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Jan. 15 2014
That’s the story for so many people in the green industry. As soon as they were tall enough and strong enough to push a mower, many budding landscape contractors began by cutting lawns for neighbors, ...
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Jan. 15 2014
The terms “craftsmanship” and “landscape maintenance” aren’t often heard together. After all, “craftsmanship” should be reserved to describe something like an ...
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Dec. 16 2013
There’s an old adage that says, “Take care of the little things, and the big things will take care of themselves.” This may seem like a strange way to open a story about maintaining commercial ...
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Dec. 16 2013
Pickups and their cousins, cab-over-engine (COE) trucks, are the basic, bedrock equipment of all green industry professionals. From the smallest oneman, one-truck operation to corporate outfits with huge ...
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Nov. 15 2013
Have you noticed how expensive fuel costs are these days? Of course you have. No matter where you live in the country, the price for the lowest octane unleaded gasoline is well over $3.00 per gallon; for ...
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Oct. 14 2013
“It’s extremely risky. These areas are prone to wildfires due to the higher level of surrounding fire fuel,” says Joanne Drummond, executive director of the Fire Safe Council of Nevada ...
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Oct. 14 2013
Twenty to thirty years ago, a revolution swept through the automobile world like a hurricane—and now it’s making its impact on the green industry. Driven by rising gas prices in the 1970s and ...
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Sept. 16 2013
It's a safe bet that he wasn't singing about your truck fleet ...but he could have been. Trucks have become so much more sophisticated under the hood that they bear only a passing with stricter government ...
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