Feb. 15 2013
There's nothing quite like a hand-drawn landscape design, slaved over for many hours, beautifully and meticulously drawn. You can put many hours into it, rendering every plant, every piece of stone, ...
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Feb. 15 2013
The last five years have been no piece of cake, but you’ve successfully stayed afloat by running a tight ship. That includes watching your pennies and trimming the fat. The bright side is that things ...
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Jan. 14 2013
High-end landscape work is a whole different universe. Contractors who work with clients for whom money is no object get to see breathtaking visions take shape, and they have the privilege of being the ...
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Jan. 14 2013
If you’re a design/build landscape contractor, we don’t have to tell you that it’s been a tough go over the last few years. if you’ve been smart enough and lucky enough to stay ...
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Dec. 13 2012
One of the things we can count on in life is that nothing runs smoothly forever. If that wasn’t true, a lot more cars from the 1940s or even earlier would still be on the roads, instead of being ...
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Dec. 13 2012
Trucks aren’t just a means of transportation. They are a contractor’s personal ware- house on wheels. Whether you’re running heavy or light-duty vehicles in your company’s fleet, ...
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Nov. 16 2012
North Carolina native Kim Lewey always wanted to be on a fast track. Willing to do the work, she wanted to know that if she had the ability—and she knew she did—she could move up in the business ...
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Oct. 16 2012
WILDFIRE! The very word sends terror through the hearts of homeowners, particularly those who live in “fire country.” Homes turned to ashes, miles of blackened earth...stunned families ...
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Sept. 19 2012
Twas two months before the holidays and all through the land, landscape contractors called customers and dusted off plans. For the next hundred days, they were busy as bees, hanging holiday lights ...
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Sept. 19 2012
As long as there have been politicians running for office, there have been stump speeches. That is, that species of campaigning where the candidate ascends a real or virtual tree stump to address—or ...
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Aug. 17 2012
When the chilly month of October rolls around, landscape businesses in the colder climates of the country often close their doors for the winter. When the grass goes dormant, that’s the end of ...
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Aug. 16 2012
This extremely hot summer has prompted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to launch a public awareness campaign. People who work outdoors are being asked to be aware of h ...
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July 17 2012
Not everywhere can be like Florida or california, where the grass grows green all year round. so in the history of landscape maintenance, winter has been known to cause hard times for contractors. some ...
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July 12 2012
Facing charges that she allegedly bilked a New Berlin, Wisconsin landscape company, 37-year-old former secretary Robbin R. Hoeppner was charged with one count of theft of more than $2,500, and 1 ...
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June 15 2012
Picture a Stone Age landscape contractor, perhaps a contemporary of Fred Flintstone’s. let’s Call him Ogg.Engaged by the local cave owners’ association to cut their lawns, Ogg the prehistoric ...
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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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