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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Aug. 14 2013
“LIGHTS . . . CAMERA . . . ACTION!” yells the hollywood director. The studio lights are switched on to illuminate the set; the sound system is turned on and the cameras roll. on a movie set, ...
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Aug. 14 2013
These contracts state everything you need to know about your task as a contractor, and what areas you must be fully responsible for. If the contract states that you are responsible for all liability claims, ...
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Aug. 14 2013
If I were going into business today, especially the snow removal business, the most important question I would ask is, “how do I get customers?” You, as a landscape contractor, have the advantage ...
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July 16 2013
Abraham Lincoln understood the importance of preparation. One of his more famous quotes says: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Paver ...
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June 12 2013
You might not expect a contractor to tell you a story that sounds like it’s right out of “Mission: Impossible.” But Bob Dobson, president of Monmouth, New Jersey-based Middletown Sprinkler ...
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June 12 2013
According to ancient legend, the Norse God of Thunder, Thor, could shake the earth itself with his enchanted hammer. But you do not need to be a Viking legend to have the same type of impact on your workload. ...
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May 15 2013
The simplicity of landscape fabric belies its versatility. Like a jack-of-all-trades, this product can be used in many different settings, for many different reasons. Whether it’s for filtration, ...
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May 15 2013
‘The right tool for the right job’ is an old adage which, when followed, saves dollars and makes a lot of sense. Your arsenal of equipment needs to be fairly extensive, due to the wide variety ...
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April 16 2013
Pickup trucks are to the landscape business as limousines are to rock stars. In fact, it’s hard to picture a landscape contractor without one. They’re used to haul mowers, irrigation and ...
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March 14 2013
Color is one of those topics on which everyone has an opinion and no one agrees. What’s garish and gaudy to one person is bright and cheerful to the next. Our color preferences depend upon our ...
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March 14 2013
As spring approaches, it's never too early to start thinking about rejuvenating lawns and getting then ready for the summer. Lawns are classified as being either cool season or warm season, depending ...
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