July 16 2013
Every business owner wants to grab more of his or her market share every year. In today’s slowly improving economy, people are shopping services and are more cautious in the way they spend their...
June 12 2013
The decision to outsource involves a lot of factors, from the size of your operation, to you and your staff’s expertise and preferences. Maybe you’re a Michelangelo of design and build, but...
May 15 2013
Off-road equipment theft is a persistent problem in the united states. However, there are many precautions that landscape and irrigation equipment owners can take to discourage thieves and improve their...
April 16 2013
You have assembled the best crews and taken great care in employing honest, loyal workers. You know all your “guys” are on the up and up, so why should you be concerned with employee theft?...
March 14 2013
Incentives—rewards meant to encourage and motivate employees to be more productive—all too often backfire and create unintended consequences: internal squabbles, cynicism, distraction, and...
Feb. 15 2013
The american taxpayer relief act of 2012 was signed into law on January 2, 2013. the legislation was anxiously awaited by Americans who didn’t want to go over the “fiscal cliff” and face...
Jan. 14 2013
Talk to any ‘old-time’ landscape professional about the business 20 years ago and you’ll see how different the industry is today, especially from the standpoint of technology. they’ll...
Dec. 13 2012
Five keys to maximum employee retention. Each time an employee permanently leaves your organization, he or she is adversely affecting your company’s bottom line. Consider this: according to the...
Nov. 16 2012
Making things grow—that’s what you do. Some green things grow easily, with little effort, even thriving on neglect. And some take a lot of tending, just the right kind of soil, fertilizer,...
Nov. 16 2012
There’s this contractor . . . let’s call him ‘John Doe.’ He’s a 30-year industry veteran, and he should have known better. One day, out on a job, he realized that his mower...
Oct. 16 2012
Think your customers are satisfied? They very well may be. Unfortunately, customer satisfaction doesn’t always lead to customer loyalty. These days, even if your customers are completely satisfied...
Sept. 19 2012
It’s hard to believe that the first Groupon deal-of-the-day offers arrived in your email inbox less than four years ago. although there were modestly successful predecessors, Groupon (and its competitive...
Aug. 17 2012
You’ve probably heard it said that entrepreneurs are “married to their work.” it’s true. Running a company requires amazing quantities of time, energy, and devotion...
July 17 2012
In everything in life, there are amateurs, and there are professionals. Take golf, for instance. It’s a game that a lot of us in the green industry play (and often misplay!). Any amateur...
July 17 2012
There is much to consider for a landscape contractor who realizes the dream of starting his or her own company. Among other attributes, it takes foresight and determination to find a formula for success,...
June 15 2012
Talk to any old-timer landscape professional about the good old days, and he’ll tell you how the fledgling years of our industry were the best of times and the worst of times. They were the best...
May 15 2012
In the landscape business, as in life, nothing is as simple as it seems. You work your tail off getting your business started in the hopes that it will earn you a comfortable living. Yet you find that...
March 16 2012
While our work can be hazardous, it does not have to be deadly. However, according to the recent Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, between 2003 and 2006 there...
March 16 2012
The first thing to remember, is that the deadline to file your taxes is not April 15th this year," says small business tax specialist Steven Aldrich, CEO of Outright, the tax software system for small...
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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