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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Sept. 15 2011
In these tough economic times, we’re all looking for opportunities that could add revenue to our business. In many parts of the country, when the cold weather blows in, snow isn’t far behind. ...
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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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April 14 2011
There are few jobs as monotonous, back breaking and unfulfilling as digging out weeds. If you’re providing landscape maintenance services, cutting down the amount of time you spend nurturing a virtually ...
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April 14 2011
Landscape construction is an industry that calls for tough labor willing to work 15-hour days in some of the most extreme conditions. Although some contractors will take what they can get, it’s not ...
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March 22 2011
My mother always said, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” This worked fine when she was a homemaker, but once she started her own business, Mom soon realized that ...
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Feb. 17 2011
Kirk Engle of New Jersey and Aron Hoffman of Hawaii are separated by the entire breadth of the continental United States and a fair expanse of the Pacific Ocean ...
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Feb. 17 2011
IN THE LATE 19TH CENTURY, when the very first enginepowered lawn mowers were introduced, the only fuel needed to run them was gasoline ...
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Jan. 19 2011
Driving on an ordinary road that twists and turns up a residential hill just outside of Los Angeles, one would never know that situated a few steps above street level there exists a piece of Hollywood ...
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Jan. 19 2011
IF YOU THOUGHT THE TERM ‘GOING in circles’ meant spinning your wheels and not making any progress, when it comes to the landscape profession, you couldn’t be more wrong ...
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Dec. 18 2010
IT’S HARD TO NOT BE BEDAZZLED BY THE PROSPECT OF A NEW piece of equipment. Hypnotized by its brilliance, you start coming up with the reasons to justify the purchase of this gleaming unit ...
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