March 15 2017
After a few years, he decides that mowing lawns and doing other landscape maintenance chores isn’t really his strongest service area. He decides to focus on other aspects of his enterprise that will ...
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Feb. 15 2017
Depending on who you ask, wildflowers are either a blessing or a curse. For some clients, the idea of a landscape teeming with local blooms captures the image of untamed wilderness, kept ever-so-slightly ...
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Feb. 15 2017
He dismantled all of his gas-powered machines, recycled the parts, bought new battery-powered tools, and renamed his company Solar Earth Lawn Care, LLC. “Once I did, I started finding people who ...
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Jan. 16 2017
If you were to take a stroll through its grounds, meandering along its blue-tinted stone and gravel walkways, shaded by its many lovely, mature trees, you might wonder which public park you were in ...
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Nov. 18 2016
this moment, the office at Anewalt’s Landscape and Contracting is in turmoil. Not because anything is wrong, mind you; the company is simply transitioning to a much bigger space on its complex in ...
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Nov. 18 2016
Water always comes from somewhere, usually the municipal supply, and although it is a renewable resource, it is finite. If the rains go away for long enough, any region can run dry, and when that starts ...
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Oct. 15 2016
Customer profitability (CP) is the profit the firm makes from serving a customer or customer group over a specified period of time; specifically, the difference between the revenues earned from and the ...
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Oct. 15 2016
Our goal in the green industry is the maintenance and beautification of our clients’ landscapes. From coast to coast, property owners want their landscape to fit their ideal, and for most, that means ...
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Sept. 15 2016
The reality of drought continues to impact our communities, as the landscape industry is forced to make tough decisions when faced with drought management measures. We’ve seen existing urban landscapes ...
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Sept. 15 2016
Of all the living plant material most affected by prolonged, extraordinary drought, trees are among the most vulnerable. The historic parched condition that hit Texas so hard, beginning in 2010 and continuing ...
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Sept. 15 2016
It’s been a year since we last talked with many contractors across the country about how droughts are affecting their business. We’re all a year older, hopefully a year wiser, and while some ...
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Sept. 15 2016
While many children dream of being astronauts or rock stars, Richard Cohen had a much more practical aspiration. “I wanted to be a landscape architect when I was a kid,” Cohen explained. He ...
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Aug. 15 2016
For many of our clients, water conservation is a prime motivator when they decide they want an eco-green sustainable landscape. It’s one thing to install systems that utilize low-flow irrigation, ...
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Aug. 15 2016
The answer to that question is, of course, yes—plenty more. While drip irrigation remains a tremendously efficient way to deliver water right to the root zones of plants, there are many, many other ...
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July 15 2016
His father Tony, now 72, founded De- Santis Landscape, Inc., of Salem, Oregon, a full-service commercial and residential landscape company, back in 1974. Dean worked in the company while growing up, and ...
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July 15 2016
At first blush, the task of fleet management sounds like it should have nothing to do with landscape contracting. Laymen who hear the term no doubt think about managing frigates, cruisers and battleships, ...
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June 17 2016
Gary Mallory grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While in high school, he didn’t give much thought to where his career path would take him. He never imagined that he would be in the landscape business, ...
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May 16 2016
Not that long ago, producing a design plan for a client’s property was a timeconsuming process. You visited the property, checked out the landscape, then went back to the office to labor over a drawing ...
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May 16 2016
What we’re looking for is a guarded truce, sort of like a Berlin Wall or DMZ. We want them to stay on their side of the barrier, and we’ll stay on the other; but we’ll always be out there, ...
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April 15 2016
If you're an action-movie fan, you may have heard a character - perhaps a superhero - boasting: “I have the strength of ten men!” As a landscape or irrigation contractor, you probably have ...
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