July 15 2015
It’s been said that the ability to use and create tools is what sets the human species apart more so than anything else. Still, progress has been relatively slow. We didn’t advance from the ...
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June 15 2015
It all started back in ancient Rome. Sometime after 273 B.C., Roman architects perfected a new type of concrete that many consider their most relevant contribution to the modern world. Indeed, the engineering ...
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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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April 15 2015
Talking trees have been a fixture in folklore and fiction. If you’ve ever watched The Two Towers, the second movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, you would have seen the giant tree-like creatures ...
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April 15 2015
Now phones do so many things, it would take this entire article to list them all. They’re entertainment centers, data managers, storage devices, navigation systems, and access portals to the Internet, ...
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March 16 2015
Dad’s cooking burgers on a kettle grill in the corner of a little concrete patio. Mom’s setting a picnic table, while the kids run through the sprinklers with the dog. In the not-too-distant ...
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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
It is said that practice makes perfect. A concert pianist would never dream of performing before an audience without first taking months to perfect his technique. Nor would a surgeon dare make that first ...
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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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Jan. 15 2015
We can see it in our minds … “the perfect view.” It’s the scene that automatically pops into our heads when we think of something as being picturesque ...
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Jan. 15 2015
One of the best things about selfserve frozen yogurt places are those little white sample cups. They exist just so you can try out a new flavor before you commit to a w hole cupful. Will you really like ...
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Dec. 15 2014
The very competitive commercial mower industry just had its equivalent of Detroit’s Auto Show. It’s called GIE+EXPO, and it’s held every October in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s where ...
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Dec. 15 2014
It’s that time of year again...the time of year where we take a moment and reflect on every contractor’s best friend: their truck. Across the country, landscape contractors invest a lot of ...
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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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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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