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 23 2013
All the marketing gurus seem to be emphasizing the importance of branding your company and name recognition. So how is your company perceived by your clients and potential clients?...
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 27 2013
The economy looks good, and this should reflect well on our business. However, some clouds loom over the horizon. Weather forecasters are again predicting that some parts of our country...
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...
March 6 2013
Our industry is facing some challenges that threaten our very existence. We get caught up in our own businesses and are probably not aware of what is quietly going on around us. Then before you know it,...
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. 19 2012
I know I sound like a broken record, but there are lessons to be learned from this little story I am about to tell you. Almost everyone in the U.S. has felt the pain of these last four years, but...
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...
Oct. 9 2012
We are being pushed into the eco-green era faster than we can realize, yet most of us are fighting it. Why? It's coming faster than we think and will be good for business. There...
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...
Aug. 8 2012
Let's talk about productivity. One of the toughest areas to measure productivity is your crew. In any market, especially today, more contractors give up profit dollars...
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,...

2015 STATUS REPORT

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