June 15 2012
If you're like many in the landscape business, just trying to keep your doors open has been a challenge these last few years. With fewer new homes being built and many of your former clients who have ...
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May 15 2012
Would you believe an advertisement for a product that can do absolutely everything? Just imagine the late-night infomercial: Breathless pitchman going a mile a minute...It’s a microwave oven . ...
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April 19 2012
You've heard it all before: the landscape business is changing in a way that favors efficiency, speed and volume. As revenues shrink and customers continue to expect more for less, landscape contractors ...
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April 19 2012
The word “landscape” is no longer merely just about dirt. In the 21st century, landscape contracting companies are also putting more emphasis on hardscapes, those hard-topped surfaces of all ...
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March 16 2012
Is it the ailing economy, or the stress and cost of travel? Maybe it’s the nesting instinct, or perhaps it’s a combination of all three. These days, more and more people aren’t heading ...
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Feb. 15 2012
IF YOU ARE A NEWBIE TO THE WIZARDY of digital software for landscape, landscape lighting, and irrigation design, be prepared to be dazzled. With a few keystrokes or a simple click, drag, and drop on your ...
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Feb. 15 2012
Recent improvements in application technology have finally made it possible for landscape professionals in all sectors of the business to provide this valuable service. Top dressing is already considered ...
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Feb. 15 2012
Seldom has an industry movement gained importance so quickly. Take the test yourself. Type the phrase “eco-green” into your favorite search engine. Twenty years ago, that search might have ...
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Jan. 16 2012
When the hospital renovated its underground conference center in the mid 2000s—the courtyard is actually the conference center’s old roof—it was also time to do something about the ‘monstrosity.’
Jan. 16 2012
Every contractor and landscape service provider knows that the lawn cutting business is more a marathon than a sprint ...
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Dec. 9 2011
NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE, THERE’S always one glorious day in early spring that hollers to the world, “Winter’s over! Winter’s over!” The temperature is unseasonably warm. ...
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Nov. 16 2011
Even though you run a hands-on, labor-intensive company, you’ve probably already started computerizing your operations. First you took accounting online, then—hopefully—invested in a ...
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Nov. 16 2011
Few green industry providers have been untouched by today’s economic environment, and landscape construction companies are among the hardest hit. With fewer building projects in sight, companies ...
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Oct. 17 2011
Landscape professionals, who provide services to residents in hillside or canyon communities that are in fire-prone areas, should be familiar with ways of minimizing their clients’ risk of losing ...
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Oct. 17 2011
Have you ever designed and installed a beautiful landscape, just to see it become so overgrown that you´d never know it was designed and installed by a professional? Either the client let it get ...
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Sept. 15 2011
One of the first things to look at is the size and scope of the projects you currently handle and those you’d like to take on in the near future. What is the depth and width of the trenches you need ...
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July 20 2011
Mowing lawns and controlling weeds are only part of the responsibilities of a landscape professional. To succeed in this highly competitive and versatile industry, you must offer a wide variety of services ...
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June 16 2011
If you work in the residential market, opportunity abounds. With the economy trying to ease out of the doldrums, and the price of gasoline keeping families off the road, what a perfect time to look at ...
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May 18 2011
How much time do you spend shaving every morning? No matter if you use an electric or straight-edge razor, or how close the cut, you have to shave again the next day and the next, and the next ...
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April 14 2011
ARE RETAINING WALLS CONSTRUCTED WITH THE SOLE PURPOSE of holding back soil and preventing erosion? You’d be surprised at what some landscape designers and homeowners are using them for instead ...
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